Texas makes preseason Amway Coaches Poll

Posted August 04, 2017

21 ranking in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, released Thursday, is two spots lower than the program's highest preseason showing ever.

Alabama was picked No. 1 in the poll, garnering 49 first-place votes.

Leading the way in the poll was Alabama, followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and Florida State at No. 3. Four more firsts went to Florida State, which checks in at No. 3.

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For the second conecutive season, Alabama will start as the top-ranked team. Defending College Football Playoff champion Clemson was fifth.

The Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference each placed five teams in the poll. He will have a core of young talent on defense, including 10 returning starters and greater depth. In addition to the Buckeyes, Penn State opens at No. 6, followed by No. 9 MI and No. 10 Wisconsin.

A sure sign of college football's imminent arrival is the preseason top 25 polls.

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USC's only Pac-12 South foe to make the preseason ranking was Utah at No. 25.

Five of UT's opponents this season were also ranked among the initial top 25: No. 4 USC, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Kansas State and No. 20 West Virginia.

The only other teams from the Pac-12 receiving votes were Washington State with 99, Colorado with 72, OR with 37, and Arizona and UCLA with 1 each.

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