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College Football AP Poll features four ACC teams, two Virginia foes

Alabama takes the top spot as the SEC and Big Ten lead the way with five teams apiece.

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College football returns this weekend, and the season’s first AP Poll was released Monday with the Alabama Crimson Tide unsurprisingly taking the top spot. Bama enters the season as the reigning national champs, and are one of five SEC squads that made the top 25. The Clemson Tigers take the second spot, followed by the national runner-up Georgia Bulldogs. Clemson received 18 of the 60 possible first place votes, with the Crimson Tide receiving the other 42.

The Big Ten has five squads to equal the SEC’s total, followed by the ACC with four teams (plus “independent” Notre Dame), and the Pac-12 with four of their own. UCF, the actual national champions, come in at No. 21.

Clemson lead the ACC at No. 2, followed by Miami (No. 8), Florida State (No. 19), and Virginia Tech (No. 20). This season, Virginia is scheduled to face just the Hurricanes (October 13 in Charlottesville) and Virginia Tech (November 23 in Blacksburg). NC State, which the Hoos are playing in Raleigh on September 29th, also received votes.

Here’s the full top 25:

AP Top 25 - Preseason

Rank Team Conference
Rank Team Conference
1 Alabama SEC
2 Clemson ACC
3 Georgia SEC
4 Wisconsin Big Ten
5 Ohio State Big Ten
6 Washington Pac-12
7 Oklahoma Big 12
8 Miami ACC
9 Auburn SEC
10 Penn State Big Ten
11 Michigan State Big Ten
12 Notre Dame Independent
13 Stanford Pac-12
14 Michigan Big Ten
15 USC Pac-12
16 TCU Big 12
17 WVU Big 12
18 Miss. State SEC
19 Florida State ACC
20 Virginia Tech ACC
21 UCF American
22 Boise State Mountain West
23 Texas Big 12
24 Oregon Pac-12
25 LSU SEC