Preseason College Football Rankings 2019: Twitter Reacts to AP NCAA Top 25 Poll

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2019

Trevor Lawrence
Trevor LawrenceRichard Shiro/Associated Press

The unveiling of the preseason AP Top 25 means the 2019 season has almost officially arrived, and the college football world could hardly be more excited.

Yes, the initial poll has about as much significance as your dramatic uncle's opinion on Alabama's dynasty. Still, some programs appeared higher than expected, and several notable teams merely had a place in the "others receiving votes" section.

To get you ready for the first week of action, we watched a flurry of tweets roll through and picked out some of the most noteworthy reactions and takeaways.


Preseason AP Top 25

1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. LSU
7. Michigan
8. Florida
9. Notre Dame
10. Texas
11. Oregon
12. Texas A&M
13. Washington
14. Utah
15. Penn State
16. Auburn
17. UCF
18. Michigan State
19. Wisconsin
20. Iowa
21. Iowa State
22. Syracuse
23. Washington State
24. Nebraska
25. Stanford


After winning the national championship last season, Clemson retained its spot atop the AP Top 25 as expected. The Tigers return one of the most potent offenses in the country with star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, All-American running back Travis Etienne and the dynamic receiving duo of Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins.

One recent trend isn't on the Tigers' side, though. Lately, preseason No. 1 teams typically haven't stayed there:

Brett McMurphy @Brett_McMurphy

Bad news for No. 1 Clemson? In the past 15 years, only two preseason AP No. 1-ranked teams went on to win the national title: Alabama in 2017 & USC in 2004

Since the ACC isn't a particularly strong league, however, Clemson has a terrific opportunity to continue its dominance and earn a fifth straight College Football Playoff appearance.

Conversely, the depth of the Big Ten is impressive.

Ohio State and Michigan both landed top-10 spots, while a quintet of programs also received a top-25 position. Offseason darling Nebraska debuted at No. 24, helping the Big Ten sneak in a seventh team for the most representatives in the initial poll:

FBSchedules.com @FBSchedules

Big Ten leads all conferences with seven teams in the preseason AP Poll: Big Ten - 7 SEC - 6 Pac-12 - 5 Big 12 - 3 ACC - 2 AAC - 1 IND - 1

Nevertheless, the SEC has the strongest collection of top-ranked teams. Alabama and Georgia checked in at second and third, while LSU and Florida went sixth and eighth. Texas A&M (12th) and Auburn (16th) rounded out the SEC's group.

The poll offered a reminder of just how difficult one schedule is:

Brody Logan @BrodyLogan

Texas A&M has to face the AP Preseason Poll No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 LSU and No. 16 Auburn this season.

Texas A&M takes on Clemson and Auburn in September, Alabama in October and travels to Georgia and LSU in the final two weeks of the regular season. If the Aggies can navigate that nightmare of a slate, they'll earn constant praise in December.

Meanwhile, the state of Iowa merits some attention right now:

Ralph D. Russo @ralphDrussoAP

Iowa State is ranked in the AP preseason poll for just the second time in school history. The first was 1978. Iowa and Iowa State are both ranked in the AP preseason poll for the first time.

Neither team is considered a national title contender, but both programs should be a factor in their respective conference races.

The Pac-12 hopes to rejoin that championship conversation, though. And at least heading into the season, the league has demanded some eyeballs. Led by Oregon at No. 11, the Pac-12 has five programs featured in the Top 25just not the famous one:

Bryan Fischer @BryanDFischer

Five Pac-12 teams in the preseason AP poll and none of them are USC.

Coming off a 5-7 season, USC actually received one pointwhich means one voter pegged the Trojans at No. 25.

The schools that received the most votes outside of the Top 25 were Missouri, Army, Mississippi State, Miami and Northwestern. Further down that list is Memphis, which has the potential to emerge from the Group of Five to play in a New Year's Six bowl:

Matt Brown @MattSBN

My only sincere AP poll take is that I think Memphis is going to better than several teams that got more votes than Memphis. Everything else is basically fine. We're all just guessing anyway.

As noted above, this Top 25 didn't have many glaring omissions or inclusions. Perhaps Utah should've been higher, and maybe Nebraska didn't deserve a No. 24 ranking after a 4-8 year.

But once the season begins, the AP poll will simply be what determines if scorebugs add a little number next to a certain team. The rest is up to the coaches and players.


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