Preseason AP Top 25 Poll, Rankings Prediction - Post-Coaches Poll Release

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Preseason AP Top 25 Poll, Rankings Prediction - Post-Coaches Poll Release

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Preseason AP Top 25 Poll, Rankings Prediction - Post-Coaches Poll Release

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What will the 2021 preseason AP Poll potentially look like? It’s our predicted best guess on the early college football rankings – changed up after the preseason Coaches Poll was released.


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Before we get going, please note that below is NOT the actual 2021 Preseason AP Poll – it’s our prediction and projection of what it might be before its release on August 16th.

We did this a few weeks ago, but with the release of the 2021 Preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll, we’ve tweaked it a bit – the AP and Coaches are usually relatively close to each other.

Throughout the year the AP rankings are a great indication of how the rest of college football – at least the media types – views what’s happening. They’re a terrific measuring stick, especially before the College Football Playoff rankings come out.

The AP Poll and Coaches Pool both had the same preseason top four rankings last year – Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia – and they both had Notre Dame No. 10 and Texas A&M 13. The only difference in the top 14 was 5/6 with the AP putting Oklahoma 5 and LSU 6, and the Coaches going the other way around.

In other words, the AP and Coaches are both about the same. This year, though, after a crazy 2020 with a whole lot of new teams in the mix, expect more changes and differences than ever.

Again, this is just a prediction and not the real preseason AP top 25 poll, so don’t get mad or too happy – we’re making the best educational guess possible on a projection. Once the 2021 preseason AP top 25 poll is released on August 16th, we’ll break it all down and do a deep dive analysis.

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2021 Preseason AP Poll Prediction

Click each team for the CFN 2021 preview. Number in parentheses is where each team finished in final 2020 rankings.

25. Arizona State Sun Devils (NR)

24. Liberty Flames (17)

23. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (14)

22. Oklahoma State Cowboys (20)

21. Iowa Hawkeyes (16)

20. Washington Huskies (NR)

19. Indiana Hoosiers (12)

18. Penn State Nittany Lions (NR)

17. Texas Longhorns (19)

16. Miami Hurricanes (22)

CFN 2021 Preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll Prediction

15. USC Trojans (21)

14. Wisconsin Badgers (NR)

13. LSU Tigers (NR)

12. Florida Gators (13)

11. Oregon Ducks (NR)

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10. North Carolina Tar Heels (18)

9. Cincinnati Bearcats (8)

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5)

7. Iowa State Cyclones (9)

6. Texas A&M Aggies (4)

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5. Ohio State Buckeyes (2)

4. Georgia Bulldogs (7)

3. Clemson Tigers (3)

2. Oklahoma Sooners (6)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (1)

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