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Defending National Champion Clemson Tigers No. 1 In AP Pre-Season Top 25

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August 19, 2019

For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank after winning the program’s second national title in three seasons. Clemson, which won the championship behind freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in January, now can claim equal standing with Alabama at the top of the sport.

The Crimson Tide, coming off a 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship, is No. 2. Clemson received 52 first-place votes from the media and Alabama received the other 10. Clemson snaps a record-tying string of three straight years in which Alabama was preseason No. 1.

Georgia, Alabama’s Southeastern Conference rival, is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Ohio State.

Pre-Season AP Top 25

1. Clemson (15-0)
2. Alabama (14-1)
3. Georgia (11-3)
4. Oklahoma (12-2)
5. Ohio State (13-1)
6. LSU (10-3)
7. Michigan (10-3)
8. Florida (10-3)
9. Notre Dame (12-1)
10. Texas (10-4)
11. Oregon (9-4)
12. Texas A&M (9-4)
13. Washington (10-4)
14. Utah (9-5)
15. Penn State (9-4)
16. Auburn (8-5)
17. UCF (12-1)
18. Michigan State (7-6)
19. Wisconsin (8-5)
20. Iowa (9-4)
21. Iowa State (8-5)
22. Syracuse (10-3)
23. Washington State (11-2)
24. Nebraska (4-8)
25. Stanford (9-4)

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