Big Ten places five teams in top 15 of AP preseason poll

Behind the Ballot How accurate is the preseason AP Top 25

Behind the Ballot How accurate is the preseason AP Top 25

- 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.

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. Clemson, is gunning for a fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs, Georgia was a whisker from winning the championship last season and Ohio State is the favorite to win the Big 10.

No surprise that defending champs Alabama ranked #1 receiving 42 first-place votes.

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The preseason AP poll started in 1950 and since then only Oklahoma from 1985-87 had started No. 1 in three straight years until now. OU's all-time average preseason AP rank is 6.7, best in the nation (Michigan is second at 7.4).

Alabama and Clemson are seen by many as the top two teams in the country and most preseason polls (and projection systems) fall in line with that thinking. TCU is ranked No. 16, West Virginia is No. 17 and Texas is No. 23. The Big Ten is next with five teams while the Big 12 and ACC each had four. Kansas State received 10 points (36th overall) and Iowa State eight points (37th). As long as Washington keeps winning, the depth in the Pac-12 North this year will bolster the Huskies' high rankings. Freshman defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles was named Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

The Wolverines will begin their season September 1 at Notre Dame, which clocked in at No. 12.

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