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College football rankings 2017: Alabama tops first AP Top 25 Poll; Ohio State ...

6 Penn State’s Trace McSorley almost edged Darnold in last year’s Rose Bowl, dropping a 52-49 shootout that was one of the most entertaining games of the past 10 years.

And while Baker Mayfield isn’t as naturally gifted as some of the folks mentioned above, has any active player accomplished as much on the college level as the Sooner QB?

The Tigers return the bulk of their national title-winning defense, and Dabo Swinney is approaching Saban levels of talent development prowess.

With flashy names like Darnold and Josh Rosen owning much of the quarterback conversation, Jackson is (strangely) flying under the radar.

But Malik Jefferson returns to lead a defense that should be one of the top units in the Big 12, and Shane Buechele showed flashes behind center as a freshman.


  • Preseason No. 1 ranking gives Nick Saban another carrot for AlabamaSporting News
  • Alabama #1 In AP Top 25 PollOlean Times Herald
  • Top 25 poll: Alabama starts No. 1 for 2nd straight yearChicago Tribune
  • Aztecs Show Up in Preseason Top-25 PollNBC 7 San Diego
  • Roll Tide! Alabama tops preseason AP Top 25; OSU, FSU, USC receive first-place
  • The AP preseason poll is out — but does it really matter?Chicago Tribune
  • Georgia's AP preseason ranking same as coaches poll: No. 15The Augusta Chronicle
  • Alabama opens season atop AP pollColumbia Daily Tribune
  • FSU Ranked Third In Preseason AP

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