The first AP Top 25 poll has been released for the 2022 college football season and fans are going nuts over some of the rankings.
With less than two weeks left until the first game of the season, the Preseason AP Top 25 has got… wait for it… the Alabama Crimson Tide at the top.
This is the fifth time over the past seven years that Alabama has grabbed the number one ranking heading into the college football season. It is also the seventh time in 15 years the Tide has been ranked number one going into the season under coach Nick Saban.
Alabama, with Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young still on the squad, received 54 of 63 total first place votes.
Taking the number two ranking in the poll is THE Ohio State University. The Buckeyes snagged six of the remaining first place votes.
Defending national champion Georgia, with returning quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, sits at third in the poll with the three remaining first place votes, while Clemson and Notre Dame round out the top five.
Texas A&M, Utah, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Baylor fill out the top ten followed by Oregon, Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, USC, and Michigan State ranked 11th through 15th.
The rest of the Preseason AP Top 25 is filled out by Miami (FL), Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Houston, and BYU.
Other schools receiving votes were (in order of ranking) Tennessee, Texas, Iowa, Penn State, LSU, Fresno State, Minnesota, UCF, Purdue, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida, Kansas State, North Carolina, Boise State, Air Force, Appalachian State, South Carolina, UCLA, San Diego State, Utah State, and Nebraska.
The Preseason AP Top 25, as it always does, has caused a stir among college football fans
The Southeastern Conference, for the fourth year in a row, has three teams in the top six. The SEC also has the most teams in the Top 25 with six.
The ACC has five teams, the Big Ten has four, the Big 12 and Pac 12 each have three teams, and the American Conference has two. Two teams in the Top 25 are independent.
• LSU is unranked to start the season for the first time since 2000.
• Florida and Florida State both beginning the season unranked – something that hasn’t happened since 1974.
• Sixth ranked Texas A&M began last season unranked.
• Kentucky is ranked in the Preseason AP Top 25 for the first time since 1978.
• This is the 34th straight season that Ohio State has began the season ranked.
As is the case every year when the first AP Top 25 poll is released, college football fans had no shortage of opinions on how the sports writers and broadcasters voted.
Pittsburgh shouldn’t be ranked. Their program is going to struggle to put up points with no Kenny Mahomes Manning as Narduzzi calls him— MSU Chief of Propaganda (@OdellBretthamJr) August 15, 2022
BYU is a little underrated to me. Should probably be 20. Excited for the season though! Got some big opponents in Notre Dame, Oregon, Baylor, and Arkansas in the top 25 preseason poll. It’s gonna be fun!! pic.twitter.com/GC51SyzpX2— Grant Smith (@gballer229) August 15, 2022
Mostly though, fans were just here to bag on Texas.
Where is Texas? I’ve been informed that they are back.— Bob Cooter (@RealBobCooter) August 15, 2022
Texas being unranked is the biggest win of all— Xavier 🇵🇷🐻 (@YungCash81) August 15, 2022
Want more from BroBible? Follow us on Google News.