Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Sooners No. 7 in preseason AP poll, Cowboys unranked

Sooners No. 7 in preseason AP poll, Cowboys unranked

No. 1 in the preseason poll from 1985-87, the Oklahoma Sooners were the first.

It's the fifth time Alabama has entered the season ranked No. 1 under Coach Nick Saban, though previous year was the only one of those seasons in which the Tide won the national title.

Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the initial poll, and perhaps surprisingly the Ohio State Buckeyes are not the top-ranked team in the conference.

The difference between the two teams is the one first-place vote for the Badgers.

The Tide enter this season with a question at quarterback, but there appear to be two good answers from which Saban has to choose: Tua Tagovailoa won the College Football Playoff championship game for Alabama with a second-half comeback and overtime touchdown pass. Jalen Hurts has led the Tide to the national title game in each of his two seasons as a starter.

UCF cracked last season's top 25 on October 1 following the team's 38-10 win over Maryland.

Fifty-nine years ago, Wisconsin paced a quintet of Big Ten teams, as well, at No. 6, followed by No. 7 Ohio State, No. 9 Iowa, No. 10 Northwestern and No. 11 Purdue.

This is Alabama's seventh time overall being a preseason No. 1, matching USC for fourth most.

Miami was the highest-ranked team from the state of Florida with the Hurricanes coming in at No. 8.

UCF was ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll released Monday. According to the AP, Ohio State is making its 30th consecutive appearance in the preseason rankings. the third-longest streak in history. Not surprisingly, all those teams played outside of what were then called BCS automatic qualifying conferences.

Oklahoma, which is No. 5 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, was the preseason pick to win the Big 12 Conference by the media and boasts seven players on the 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Team.

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