Sooners No. 7 in preseason AP poll, Cowboys unranked

Sooners No. 7 in preseason AP poll, Cowboys unranked

Earlier in the month, Alabama was ranked as the No. 1 team in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, receiving 61 of the 65 possible first-place votes.

Saban has a decision to make at the QB position, as the Crimson Tide now have two studs on the roster; Tua Tagovailoa, who won the College Football Playoff championship game for Bama with a second-half comeback and overtime touchdown pass, and Jalen Hurts, who has led the Tide to the national title game in each of his two seasons as a starter. Alabama is ranked No. 1 (1,505 points, 42 first-place votes), Clemson is No. 2 (1,476; 18), Georgia is No. 3 (1,350), Wisconsin is No. 4 (1,271; one), Ohio State is No. 5 (1,256) and Washington is No. 6 (1,215).

The Crimson Tide are just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. The ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 followed with four. Last season was the first time Saban's team started and finished the season No. 1. It was the tenth consecutive year in which the Seminoles have opened the season ranked in the AP poll. In the CFP/BCS era (1998-present), 19 teams have had unbeaten seasons.

More news: OU No. 7 in Preseason AP Top 25

1 in the preseason AP poll, which was released Monday.

Overall, Taylor showed an incredible blend of speed and power, rushing so well that he was named a First-Team selection within the conference.

From Ohio State to Michigan to Penn State to Michigan State and Wisconsin, the conference is home to five teams who have legit aspirations of not only winning the conference championship but of making the College Football Playoff too. Utah in 2009 started 19th. After Cam Newton led Auburn to the 2010 national title, the Newton-less Tigers were ranked No. 23 to begin 2011.

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