2018 Preseason AP Top 25 Poll & Rankings Prediction

2018 Preseason AP Top 25 Poll & Rankings Prediction

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2018 Preseason AP Top 25 Poll & Rankings Prediction


What will the 2018 preseason AP college football rankings look like? It’s our prediction and best guess for what the poll will be to set the tone for the season. Here’s the predicted best guess.


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Even in the world of the College Football Playoff, the AP preseason poll is still a big deal thanks to the tradition, and as a snapshot of the teams going into the season.

Last year, the preseason top six was the same in both the AP and Coaches polls, and both had the same teams – in a few different order – in the top 11.  However, they only had one of the teams – Alabama – that finished in the College Football Playoff, with Georgia ranked 15th in both.

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Considering AP voters will most likely go off of the teams with the top starters, their local teams they know, and their research across the large base, here’s the best guess at trying to get into their minds – including what they’ll do with the Urban Meyer situation – and what they’re going to submit in late August.

Again, this is just a prediction and not the real thing, so don’t get mad or too happy quite yet. Final 2017 rankings are in parentheses.

25. South Carolina Gamecocks (NR)

24. UCF Knights (6)

23. Oklahoma State Cowboys (14)

22. West Virginia Mountaineers (NR)

21. Texas Longhorns (NR)

20. LSU Tigers (18)

19. Florida State Seminoles (NR)

18. Texas Longhorns (NR)

17. Virginia Tech Hokies (24)

16. Michigan Wolverines (NR)

15. TCU Horned Frogs (9)

14. Stanford Cardinal (20)

13. USC Trojans (12)

12. Michigan State Spartans (15)

11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11)

10. Penn State Nittany Lions (8)

9. Auburn Tigers (10)

8. Miami Hurricanes (13)

7. Washington Huskies (16)

6. Wisconsin Badgers (6)

5. Oklahoma Sooners (3)

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (5)

3. Georgia Bulldogs (2)

2. Clemson Tigers (4)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (1)

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