College football rankings: Preseason AP Top 25 has Alabama, Ohio State ahead of Georgia

Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

It is college football rankings season, as Alabama beats out Ohio State and Georgia for the top spot in the Preseason AP Top 25 poll.

As a surprise to absolutely no one, the Alabama Crimson Tide edge out the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Georgia Bulldogs for the top spot in the most important college football rankings to date: The Preseason AP Top 25 poll.

Let’s be real. Anyone outside of Clemson, Norman or Southern California knows these are the top three teams in the country entering the season, and it’s not even close. It would come as quite the shock if the Tide, Buckeyes and Dawgs failed to reach the College Football Playoff this season. Then again, this is why you play the games. Of course, the AP had to rank a bunch of other teams, too.

It’s been a while since we argued with someone in a Home Depot aisle, so let’s get right to it then.

College football rankings: Alabama edges out Ohio State, Georgia for No. 1 in AP

Here is what the Associated Press decided should be our guiding light heading into Week 0, baby!

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes
  3. Georgia Bulldogs
  4. Clemson Tigers
  5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  6. Texas A&M Aggies
  7. Utah Utes
  8. Michigan Wolverines
  9. Oklahoma Sooners
  10. Baylor Bears
  11. Oregon Ducks
  12. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  13. North Carolina State Wolfpack
  14. USC Trojans
  15. Michigan State Spartans
  16. Miami Hurricanes
  17. Pittsburgh Panthers
  18. Wisconsin Badgers
  19. Arkansas Razorbacks
  20. Kentucky Wildcats
  21. Ole Miss Rebels
  22. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  23. Cincinnati Bearcats
  24. Houston Cougars
  25. BYU Cougars

Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia are joined by Clemson and Notre Dame to make up the top five. Texas A&M, Utah, Michigan, Oklahoma and Baylor round out the top 10. A bunch of teams from North Carolina State to Wisconsin to Ole Miss to BYU appear in these college football rankings somewhere between No. 11 and No. 25. But you know who doesn’t? Tennessee and Texas!

Monday afternoon was a bad day to be orange in SEC and Big 12 Country. Though they came in 26th and 27th place respectively in the eyes of the AP, I mean, the rest of the college football world is just laughing at them. As far as who else received votes, those teams include LSU, Kansas State and North Carolina somehow with nine because the AP just loves Mack Brown so much.

Ultimately, there is not a ton to be overly surprised about what the AP put together for us. If there is anything that stands out, it is that nine votes separate No. 6 from No. 8 between Texas A&M, Utah and Michigan. It is a precipitous drop-off from No. 8 Michigan to No. 9 Oklahoma, who somehow edges out reigning Big 12 champion Baylor coming in at No. 10 with 884 total votes.

You have some time to gather your thoughts before telling it how it is at your local Home Depot.

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