AP Preseason Poll 2016: Complete College Football Rankings Released

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AP Preseason Poll 2016: Complete College Football Rankings Released
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The Associated Press revealed its preseason rankings Sunday, with few surprises atop the list.

Below, we'll take a look at the poll and quickly break down the rankings as we head into the 2016 season.

   

Poll

College Football: Associated Press Preseason Poll
Rank Team Points First-Place Votes
1 Alabama 1,469 33
2 Clemson 1,443 16
3 Oklahoma 1,352 4
4 Florida State 1,325 5
5 LSU 1,269 1
6 Ohio State 1,224 1
7 Michigan 1,147 1
8 Stanford 1,029 0
9 Tennessee 1,021 0
10 Notre Dame 1,006 0
11 Ole Miss 718 0
12 Michigan State 710 0
13 TCU 707 0
14 Washington 651 0
15 Houston 644 0
16 UCLA 496 0
17 Iowa 484 0
18 Georgia 448 0
19 Louisville 447 0
20 USC 344 0
21 Oklahoma State 316 0
22 North Carolina 283 0
23 Baylor 280 0
24 Oregon 218 0
25 Florida 180 0

Source: AP.org

   

Analysis 

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It's not surprising to see Alabama and Clemson at the top. The Crimson Tide are the defending national champions, have secured four national titles since 2009 and have inked an incredible six straight top-ranked recruiting classes.

They are once again loaded, led by an excellent crop of receivers and what should be another fierce defense.

Clemson, meanwhile, has the best offense in the nation under Heisman hopeful Deshaun Watson. Oklahoma is stacked as well and returns quarterback Baker Mayfield, another Heisman front-runner. Of course, the Sooners are accustomed to their ranking.

"Expectations here are what they are," head coach Bob Stoops told Ryan McGee of ESPN.com. "I'm fortunate to be at a place with that kind of pressure, [rather] than somewhere you feel like you have to sneak up on people every year."

Mayfield and running back Samaje Perine lead one of the best offenses in the country, though Oklahoma's fate this season will be tied to how its defense holds up in the Big 12.

Odds Shark listed the five title favorites in this order: Alabama (+600), LSU (+750), Clemson (+850), Ohio State (+900) and Michigan (+900). Florida State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Stanford rounded out the top 10.

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