Texas A&M is ranked at No. 12.
For the 17th time in the last 19 years, the Oklahoma football team is ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 10.
Clemson won its second national title in three seasons behind freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, of Cartersville, to claim equal standing with Alabama at the top of the sport.
James Franklin's program is one of seven Big Ten teams listed in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Clemson being ranked as the best team in the country should come as no surprise, with the Tigers receiving 52 of the 62 first-place votes.
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Texas, meanwhile, enters this season with much hype. The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by LSU at No. 6, MI at No. 7, Florida at No. 8, Notre Dame at No. 9 and Texas at No. 10. There's been a lot of preseason hype over Syracuse, who is notably absent from the preseason poll. And it looks like they will continue to do so this season. Iowa State is in the No. 21 position. The Sooners have been ranked seventh or higher 43 times.
Meanwhile, eight different Power 5 teams who finished 2018 unranked will begin the year in the AP Top 25.
Oklahoma, which is also No. 4 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, was the preseason pick to win the Big 12 Conference by the media and boasts five players on the 2019 Preseason All-Big 12 Team.