Clemson makes school history in first 2019 top 25 poll

The Clemson Tigers celebrate their win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Jan. 7.
The Clemson Tigers celebrate their 44-16 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Jan. 7.
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The first Associated Press top 25 football poll is out and defending national champion Clemson made school history.

For the first time the Tigers are pre-ranked No. 1, receiving 52 out of the 62 first-place votes. Alabama comes in at No. 2 receiving 10 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide are pre-ranked No. 2 for the ninth time in AP poll history, which ties Oklahoma for the most of all time.

Rounding out the top five are Georgia at No. 3, Oklahoma at No. 4, and Ohio State at No. 5. The Buckeyes are ranked for the 31st straight season.


Louisiana State sits just outside the top five coming in at No. 6 followed by Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas.

Pac-12 teams ranked in the preseason poll include Oregon at No 11, Washington at No. 13, Utah at No. 14, Washington State at No. 23 and Stanford at No. 25. Arizona State, Arizona and USC also received votes.

USC is not ranked in the preseason top 25 for the first time since 2001.

The Big Ten has the most teams ranked with seven while the Southeastern Conference has six.

1. Clemson (52)
2. Alabama (10)
3. Georgia
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. Louisiana State
7. Michigan
8. Florida
9. Notre Dame
10. Texas
11. Oregon
12. Texas A&M
13. Washington
14. Utah
15. Penn State
16. Auburn
17. Central Florida
18. Michigan State
19. Wisconsin
20. Iowa
21. Iowa State
22. Syracuse
23. Washington State
24. Nebraska
25. Stanford

Others receiving votes:

Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami (Fla.) 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno State 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, USC 1.

The 2019 college football season kicks off Saturday with Florida vs. Miami in Orlando, Fla., and Arizona at Hawaii.