The Seminoles finished No. 8 in the final polls last season after closing the year on a 5-game winning streak and with an Orange Bowl win over MI.
Alabama's remarkable run under Saban has the Crimson Tide climbing toward all sorts of AP poll milestones.
- No. 6 Penn State has its best preseason ranking since it was No. 3 in 1999. The Bulls started No. 19 in 2008. The last time was 2002 when the Cougars were No. 11.
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. SEC East rivals Georgia (No. 15) and Florida (No. 17) follow and Tennessee is No. 25.
Miami is ranked just behind Florida at No. 18.
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"I don't think that's anybody's call to make, including any preseason poll, which basically means little to nothing about anything", Saban said August 3. Auburn is No. 12 and LSU is right behind at 13.
Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, USC and defending champion Clemson top the 25-school rankings.
Here's a number Auburn fans can look at without protective eye wear: For the third time in head coach Gus Malzahn's five-year tenure on the Plains, Auburn will open the season as a top-15 team. They finished the season 8-5. FSU was ranked No. 3 in the Amway Coaches Poll earlier this offseason and opened the year ranked fourth in the AP Poll last season.
The SEC leads all conferences with six teams in the AP Top 25 poll, but only one in the Top 10.