The first Amway Coaches Poll of the 2017 college football season was released Thursday by USA Today. Alabama topped the preseason rankings after receiving 49 of the 65 first-place votes, followed by Ohio State and Florida State with just over three weeks until the campaign gets underway.
USC and Clemson rounded out the top five in the initial release. Last season's preseason top five (Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State and Ohio State) went a combined 60-9 and featured both national finalists in the Crimson Tide and eventual champion Tigers.
Let's check out some of the notable reaction from social media about this year's Amway Poll debut.
Bama Magazine spotlighted the Tide's expected place atop the rankings:
Christopher Walsh of SEC Country provided a note about Bama's extended run of success:
Matt Smith of Southern Pigskin passed along the conference breakdown:
Michael Bratton of Saturday Down South noted the entire group of SEC teams on the list:
Matthew Stevens of the Montgomery Advertiser joked about one of the marquee absences from the top 25:
While Notre Dame failed to make the cut, Texas did sneak in at No. 23 the start the season, which prompted a response from Doug Keegan of SBNation:
Nole GIFs provided an FSU reaction after the coaches placed the Seminoles third, denying a season-opening No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash against Alabama:
Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports relayed his initial takeaways from the release:
Here's a look at some of the other interesting posts about the preseason poll:
Looking ahead, Alabama will head into the season with a target on its back as the top-ranked team in the country, at least according to the coaches. The Tide are set to kick off their journey against No. 3 Florida State on Sept. 2.
It's a pretty wide-open title race heading into the fall, though. OddsShark noted Bama (+275) is listed as the early championship favorite, but it's followed by fellow high-profile programs Ohio State (+600), USC (+700) and Florida State (+700) in what should be a drama-filled battle to the College Football Playoff.