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Stan Becton | | August 14, 2023

Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State lead preseason AP top 25 rankings

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For the first time in the College Football Playoff era, Georgia is No. 1 in the preseason AP Poll. The Bulldogs are joined by several familiar names atop the top 25 rankings, including two of 2022's College Football Playoff teams.

Rounding out the top five are No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Alabama, and No. 5 LSU. USC, Penn State, Florida State, Clemson and Washington round out the top 10.

Here's the complete preseason AP Top 25 poll.

Preseason AP Poll top 25 rankings

RANK School Points
1 Georgia (60) 1,572
2 Michigan (2) 1,490
3 Ohio State (1) 1,400
4 Alabama 1,398
5 LSU 1,296
6 Southern California 1,245
7 Penn State 1,177
8 Florida State 1,147
9 Clemson 1,032
10 Washington 977
11 Texas 882
12 Tennessee 868
13 Notre Dame 863
14 Utah 811
15 Oregon 732
16 Kansas State 501
17 TCU 416
18 Oregon State 406
19 Wisconsin 386
20 Oklahoma 296
21 North Carolina 292
22 Ole Miss 281
23 Texas A&M 227
24 Tulane 224
25 Iowa 131

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 101, South Carolina 73, UCLA 66, UTSA 64, Arkansas 22, Boise State 17, Pittsburgh 16, Kentucky 14, Louisville 10, Troy 10, Kansas 10, Auburn 7, Minnesota 6, Toledo 4, Duke 4, Mississippi State 4, Florida 4, Illinois 3, Baylor 3, Coastal Carolina 3, South Alabama 1, NC State 1, James Madison 1, Liberty 1.

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Most weeks ranked No. 1

Here are the 10 FBS programs that have spent the most weeks ranked No. 1 in the AP poll since 1936, according to

Alabama 138
Ohio State 105
Oklahoma 101
Notre Dame 98
USC 91
Florida State 72
Nebraska 70
Miami (FL) 68
Texas 45
Florida 41

LSU (38), Georgia (38) and Michigan (34) sit just outside the top 10.

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AP poll ranking by conference

The SEC and Big Ten lead all conferences with three top-10 teams each. Here's a breakdown of the entire top 25 by conference:

5 Big Ten, Pac-12
4 Big 12
2 AAC, Independent

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Breaking down the preseason poll

No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Ohio State are the three highest-ranked teams after making last year's College Football Playoff. The trio and No. 4 Alabama have combined for 17 College Football Playoff appearances and six of the nine national championships during the CFP era. Those teams round out the top four of the preseason AP poll.

The fourth team from last year's CFP, TCU, opens the season ranked 17th after losing Heisman finalist Max Duggan and first-round NFL draft pick Quentin Johnston. The Horned Frogs are the third highest-ranked team in the new-look Big 12, sandwiched between two teams in their final year of the conference — No. 11 Texas and No. 20 Oklahoma — and No. 16 Kansas State.

Reigning Heisman winner Caleb Williams and No. 6 Southern California leads all Pac-12 teams in what has become a "Last Dance" for the conference. The Pac-12's other ranked teams all have stand-out quarterbacks that could challenge Williams as he tries to become the first back-to-back Heisman winner since Archie Griffin in Michael Penix Jr. (No. 10 Washington), Bo Nix (No. 15 Oregon) and DJ Uiagalelei (No. 19 Oregon State).

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Speaking of quarterbacks, five teams in the top 10 of the AP Poll will likely have new quarterbacks under center. No. 7 Penn State and No. 9 Clemson join top-four teams Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama as teams with different starting quarterbacks from last season's opener. It's a stark contrast in the top 10 compared to No. 5 LSU and No. 8 Florida State, as Jayden Daniels and Jordan Travis, respectively, open the season with high expectations.

Non-conference and early ranked matchups to watch

The premier matchup of the 2023 season's opening weeks is No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 5 LSU in Week 1. The Seminoles and Tigers will face off at a neutral site in a game that could have College Football Playoff and possibly Heisman implications.

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Elsewhere, Notre Dame and Navy meet across the pond in Ireland to kick off Week 0 of college football. TCU returns from its 2022 runner-up finish by hosting new Colorado head coach Deion Sanders in his first game at the FBS level. We'll also see College GameDay head to a battle of the Carolinas as North Carolina meets South Carolina in Week 1's only other ranked vs. ranked matchup.

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Here's how the 2022 preseason poll turned out

Here's how the teams ranked in the 2022 preseason AP Top 25 finished last season. Click or tap here for more on how the preseason AP poll predicts the College Football Playoff teams.

1 Alabama (54) 5
2 Ohio State (6) 4
3 Georgia (3) 1
4 Clemson 13
5 Notre Dame 18
6 Texas A&M NR
7 Utah 10
8 Michigan 2
9 Oklahoma NR
10 Baylor NR
11 Oregon 15
12 Oklahoma State NR
13 NC State NR
14 Southern California 12
15 Michigan State NR
16 Miami (FL) NR
17 Pittsburgh 22
18 Wisconsin NR
19 Arkansas NR
20 Kentucky NR
21 Ole Miss NR
22 Wake Forest NR
23 Cincinnati NR
24 Houston NR

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