AP Top 25: Sooners and Cowboys crack Top 10 in preseason rankings

AP Top 25: Sooners and Cowboys crack Top 10 in preseason rankings

The college football preseason AP Poll is to be released at Noon ET on Monday, giving us a glimpse at who the top teams are entering the season.

The Bulldogs are the highest ranked SEC East team, two spots ahead of No. 17 Florida. But of those previous seven AP unranked teams, four of them finished the year in the top 25, including the 2012 squad at No. 4. Georgia was preseason No. 1 in 2008 and finished 13th; Florida won the national title that season.

Southern California, which received two first-place votes, is No. 4.

This also means that Kirby Smart becomes the first coach in the history of the Georgia program to lead the Bulldogs to a preseason ranking in each of his first two seasons. It will be Florida's first non-conference regular-season game played outside of the state since 1991.

Auburn will open the 2017 season ranked in the top 15 of the Associated Press poll for the third time in four years. Dye led the Tigers to eight consecutive preseason Top 15 rankings from 1983-90. The Crimson Tide was also named the nation's No. 1 team in the USA Today's Amway Coaches Poll released August 3.

The SEC had six teams ranked in the AP Top 25.

Kentucky's three preseason votes put the Wildcats in a tie for 41st in the AP poll.

Sitting there at the top is, to no one's surprise, Alabama.

Last season, the Tigers opened the season unranked, moved into the top 25 at No. 21 after a rout of Mississippi State on October 8 and rose to as high as No. 9 before losing three of their final four games.

So now, with the release of the 2017 AP Poll, let the debate begin!

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