AP Preseason Poll 2016: Complete College Football Rankings Released

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2016

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after throwing an 11 yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow #13 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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
RankTeamPointsFirst-Place Votes
1Alabama1,46933
2Clemson1,44316
3Oklahoma1,3524
4Florida State1,3255
5LSU1,2691
6Ohio State1,2241
7Michigan1,1471
8Stanford1,0290
9Tennessee1,0210
10Notre Dame1,0060
11Ole Miss7180
12Michigan State7100
13TCU7070
14Washington6510
15Houston6440
16UCLA4960
17Iowa4840
18Georgia4480
19Louisville4470
20USC3440
21Oklahoma State3160
22North Carolina2830
23Baylor2800
24Oregon2180
25Florida1800
Source: AP.org

   

Analysis 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 12: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide pose with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy during the MVP Press Conference after winning the College Football Playoff National Championship at the JW M
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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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