The college football season officially kicks off on August 24th with the Miami Hurricanes playing the eighth-ranked Florida Gators. To commence the beginning of the season, the Top 25 list was released. Let’s look at where the Associated Press ranked each team.
Clemson has done it. For the first time, the Clemson Tigers are number one on the Associated Press preseason Top 25 list. The defending national champion has built a powerhouse to consistently compete with the Alabama Crimson Tide as the regular favorite to win the college football playoffs. Clemson defeated Alabama in last year’s title game, claiming their second championship in three years. That is quite the accomplishment for Clemson, who is now becoming a factory for NFL players.
Clemson is led by returning starter Trevor Lawrence, who very well could be the best quarterback in college football. Last season, Lawrence became the first true freshman to lead his team to a national title since 1985. He started the final 11 games, passing for 3,280 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Following Clemson in the AP Top 25 list is Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame, Texas, Oregon, Texas A&M, Washington, Utah, Penn State, Auburn, UCF, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Syracuse, Washington State, Nebraska and Stanford.
The Big Ten leads the way with seven teams in the AP Poll. The SEC only had six teams in the AP Poll, but all six were ranked in the top 16. Only three of the Big Ten’s teams are in that top 16 range. This means the SEC is still top-heavy. With yearly powerhouse Alabama leading the way, every week is do-or-die in the SEC. Georgia is ranked at three, and is trying to overcome Alabama to finally reach that coveted national championship game.
College football fans should prepare for a Clemson versus Alabama title game. Clemson is now on the same recruiting level as Alabama. Both teams with fight every season for the national championship.