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No. 1 in the preseason poll from 1985-87, the Oklahoma Sooners were the first.

The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons.

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The difference between the two teams is the one first-place vote for the Badgers. Penn State is ranked No. 9 in the Coaches Poll released a few weeks ago.

- No. 9 Auburn, No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 14 MI and No. 25 LSU each lead the way with five games vs. other teams in the preseason top 25. The Huskies were ranked 13th in the same poll heading into the game, falling to No. 16 following the loss, but open the season at the No. 6 spot.

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The Nittany Lions are one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10, with Ohio State coming in at No. 5 and Wisconsin at No. 4.

See the full poll here. Kansas State received 10 points (36th overall) and Iowa State eight points (37th).

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Oklahoma was the highest-ranked team from the Big 12 at No. 7.

Junior running back Rodney Anderson, junior wide receiver Marquise Brown, sophomore tight end Grant Calcaterra, junior offensive lineman Bobby Evans, senior offensive lineman Ben Powers and senior kicker/punter Austin Seibert were among the 29 players who were named to the all-conference squad by position.

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Florida opened the season unranked for the first time since 2015.

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