During his appearance on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Monday to discuss FSU's No. 3 national ranking in the AP poll, Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher acknowledged that he did not vote his team No. 1 in the coaches' poll earlier this month. All but one of these teams actually won their bowl games.
No. 25 Tennessee Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Ohio State was No. 2, edging No. 3 Florida State and preventing the first 1 vs. 2 opening game since the preseason poll began in 1950.
Long a college football hotbed, the state of Florida has produced 10 national championship teams, but it never had four teams ranked in the Associated Press' Top 25 preseason poll.
Coming off a 10-3 season and a victory over MI in the Orange Bowl, Florida State got four first-place votes and was third in the poll - the 16th time since 1988 the Seminoles have started the season in the Top 5.
Alabama will play FSU on September 2 in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide have opened as the No. 1 team three times and finished Nos. The Bulls, coming off an 11-2 season, are ranked No. 19.
The Alabama Crimson Tide 2017 schedule is not that easy.
Saban did concede that he would let his team have some time to watch the eclipse, which is scheduled to be at peak time around 1:30 p.m. CDT in Tuscaloosa.
Reigning national champion Clemson, graduating a number of key pieces from the 2016 championship winning team, rounded out the top five in fifth.
Florida owns the nation's longest season-opening winning streak of 27 games but was drubbed 41-7 by MI in the Citrus Bowl to end the 2015 season, one of the Gators' worst showings since McElwain took over as coach of the program.
Ends - Tyquan Lewis, senior, Ohio State; Rashan Gary, sophomore, Michigan.
No. 6 Penn State will open with its highest ranking since the Nittany Lions were No. 3 in 1999. Oklahoma, 8. Washington, 9.
- No. 9 Wisconsin has its best preseason ranking since it was No. 7 in 2007. South Florida is ranked in the AP preseason poll for only the second time.