The Associated Press released its top 25 football rankings for the first time for the 2018 season, and it’s no surprise that the defending national champions opened at No. 1.
Alabama received 42 of the 61 first-place votes to claim the top spot. Clemson follows at No. 2, receiving 18 first-place votes, followed by Georgia, Wisconsin and Ohio State to round out the top five. Wisconsin received one first-place vote.
USC debuts at No. 15, while other Pac-12 teams in the poll include Washington at No. 6, Stanford at No. 13 and Oregon at No. 24. Utah and Arizona also received votes.
USC will play Stanford on Sept. 8 and skips out on Washington and Oregon this season due to the Pac-12 scheduling rotation. Also on the Trojans’ schedule include No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 23 Texas.
UCLA will play at No. 7 Oklahoma on Sept. 8 and will welcome Washington and Stanford at the Rose Bowl later in the season.
Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason poll for the third-straight year, which is just the second time a team has achieved that since Oklahoma from 1985-87.
Since the poll debuted in 1936, Alabama could also cement itself as the team with the most weekly No. 1 rankings in the poll’s history. As of now it stands at 104 weeks, behind only Ohio State’s 105 weeks.
Here’s the list of the preseason top 25:
5. Ohio State
10. Penn State
11. Michigan State
12. Notre Dame
16. Texas Christian
17. West Viriginia
18. Mississippi State
19. Florida State
20. Virginia Tech
21. Central Florida
22. Boise State
25. Louisiana State