Vols #25, Bama stars atop AP Poll for 2nd straight year

Auburn will open the 2017 season ranked in the top 15 of the Associated Press poll for the third time in four years. The AP released its preseason top 25 Monday morning and OU is ranked No. 7.

The AP preseason poll includes five teams from the Big 12.

This is the ninth consecutive season the Tide has been ranked in the preseason top five, the second-longest streak since the preseason poll started in 1950.

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- No. 24 Washington State is ranked in preseason for fifth time.

UF finished 14th in last season's final AP poll after defeating Iowa 30-3 in the Outback Bowl to finish 9-4.

It is also OU's highest preseason ranking under a first-year coach since beginning at No. 2 under Gomer Jones in the 1964 season.

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The Tigers will face three of those teams this season - LSU on October 14, Georgia on November 11 and Alabama on November 25 - as well as defending national champion and No. 5-ranked Clemson at Memorial Stadium on November 9. Florida 18. Miami 19. Alabama's ten AP national titles lead the way, with Notre Dame sitting second with eight. Those teams finished an average of 6.34 places (higher or lower) from where they were ranked in the preseason. MI 12. Auburn 13.

The perception is Georgia is the team to beat in the SEC East thanks to a defense that lost only one starter, returns senior tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. has a second-year starting quarterback in Jacob Eason and the nation's No. 3 recruiting class.

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