The AP Preseason Football poll is out, and for the first time ever, there is a unanimous #1; defending National Champion Ohio St., as the Buckeyes gathered all 61 first place votes.
TCU is a solid second, followed by Alabama, Baylor, and Michigan State, Oregon's week 2 opponent.
The Ducks lead a contingent of a half dozen Pac-12 teams spread between 7 and 22 in the poll, behind Auburn, and ahead of USC. Georgia and Florida State round out the top 10.
UCLA is the thrid Pac-12 team ranked, at #13, with Arizona St. in 15th. Stanford is #21, just behind Oregon State coach Gary Andersen's former team Wisconsin, and just ahead of Arizona, who is ranked #22.
The only other team from the west to make the top 25 is Boise State, Washington's opening weekend opponent. The Broncos start the season at #23.
Two other Pac-12 teams got votes, and Utah rounds out the top 30. Cal got a single 25th place vote, and a single point, as fully 2/3 of the conference got voting attention.
Michigan, Oregon St.'s week 2 opponent, got 2 points, as did BYU, the only other team in the west to receive votes.
Your BTD writers will have our own thoughts on the top 25 in the days to come as we ramp up for the best season of the year, College Football Season.
Here's the complete AP poll:
|1||Ohio State (61)||1,525|
Others receiving votes: Mississippi St. 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma St. 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn St. 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas St. 5, Florida 4, NC St 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 2, Cal 1, Western Kentucky 1, West Virginia 1.