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Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year

Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year”

K-State returns 44 letterwinners - including 18 starters - from last year's squad that earned a 9-4 record and capped its season with a 33-28 victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl. No. 4 Penn State in 1983.

Starting the season ranked in the top 20 is familiar territory for the Georgia football team the past five years.

A top 5 national ranking to begin 2017 comes as no surprise for Florida State.

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The No. 15 ranking is pretty similar to previous year, when the Bulldogs were No. 18 in the preseason AP poll, and no. 16 in the coaches poll.

The Tigers begin their first season under coach Ed Orgeron on September 2 against BYU in Houston. The Tigers beat Alabama in the final seconds of last season's national championship game. Tennessee will start the season, he 5th for Butch Jones on the UT sideline, ranked 25th.

Meanwhile, Ohio State - which is ranked second - is making its 29th consecutive appearance in the preseason poll.

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Oklahoma State drew a preseason ranking for the fifth time in the past seven seasons, which is the best stretch in program history.

The last time an SEC team other than the Tide was preseason No. 1 was Florida in 2009; the Gators went 13-1 and finished third. Those teams finished an average of 6.34 places (higher or lower) from where they were ranked in the preseason.

Auburn is one of six SEC teams ranked in the poll, trailing only top-ranked Alabama, and is scheduled to play four teams ranked in the top 25, including Alabama and No. 5 Clemson. MI 12. Auburn 13.

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