Alabama started last season as the nation's No. 1 team and ended it as the No. 1 team, so there was little surprise when the Associated Press unveiled its preseason top 25 on Monday afternoon: For the third straight season, the Crimson Tide stood atop the rankings.
The Southeastern Conference leads the way with six teams in the Top 25.
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As for the rest of the AP Top-25 Poll, the Clemson Tigers check in #2 with 18 first-place votes, followed by the Georgia Bulldogs, who lost to Bama in the 2018 title game.
With the countdown to the start of the 2018 college football season entering its final week, it's time to wrap up the preseason predictions.
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The Spartans will see Penn State (No. 10) on October 13, Michigan (No. 14) on October 20 and Ohio State (No. 5) on November 10.
No. 1 in the preseason poll from 1985-87, the Oklahoma Sooners were the first.
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The Spartans are ranked No. 11 in the preseason AP Top 25, which is good for the Big Ten's fourth-highest ranked team. TCU is ranked No. 16, West Virginia is No. 17 and Texas is No. 23. The Wolverines' schedule is particularly nightmarish, with Notre Dame to open the season plus four games against top 11 teams. Kansas State received 10 points (36th overall) and Iowa State eight points (37th). The Mississippi State football team has high expectations and high standards for itself this year. Freshman defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles was named Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.