The Pre-Season Associated Press top 25 poll Is out
College Football Is ALMOST HERE and Come Saturday, Aug. 24, you’ll be able to watch Miami vs. No. 8 Florida in Orlando, followed by Arizona at Hawaii on CBS Sports Network. And Speaking of games involving ranked teams, the 2019 Preseason AP Top 25 is out. And the top 10 looks identical to that of the Preseason Coaches Poll.
From Clemson to Texas, the first 10 teams in both top 25 polls are identical. The defending champion Tigers beat out Alabama as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation for the first time in program history. Clemson had 52 first-place votes, per the AP, with Alabama landing the remaining 10. Georgia comes in at No. 3 after missing the College Football Playoff last year, while the Sooners round out the preseason top four with Ohio State coming in at No. 5.
The Florida Gators start the season as the highest-ranked team in the Sunshine State, ranked 8th. The Gators begin their season this weekend in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes, who start unranked but are sitting just outside the Top 25 receiving 70 votes. If the poll continued past 25 spots, the Hurricanes would be ranked 29th.
The Knights check-in at the same spot as they found themselves in the preseason Coaches Poll, ranked 17th. Last season the Knights entered the season ranked 21st in the AP Top 25 and finished 11th. The last time the Knights were not ranked by the Associated Press was Sept. 24, 2017. Since then, UCF has won 25 of its last 26 games, including two straight American Atheltic Conference championships.
Around the American Athletic Conference, the Cincinnati Bearcats received 16 votes and the Memphis Tigers earned 6. The Knights travel to Cincinnati on Oct. 4, a game which could help determine who finishes top of the East in the conference.
Here is a look at the preseason Associated Press top 25 poll:
5. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
12. Texas A&M
15. Penn State
18. Michigan State
21. Iowa State
23. Washington State