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Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets both open season in football Top 25
Ohio State the unanimous No. 1 pick
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Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) jumps over teammate Greg Pyke (73) as Georgia Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy (54) closes in for the tackle during the second half of last season's game in Athens. - photo by David Tulis | Associated Press

Top 25 poll

Record Pts Pv
1. Ohio St. (61) 14-1 1,525 1
2. TCU 12-1 1,428 3
3. Alabama 12-2 1,322 4
4. Baylor 11-2 1,263 7
5. Michigan St. 11-2 1,256 t5
6. Auburn 8-5 1,192 22
7. Oregon 13-2 1,156 2
8. Southern Cal 9-4 1,085 20
9. Georgia 10-3 991 9
10. Florida St. 13-1 959 t5
11. Notre Dame 8-5 873 NR
12. Clemson 10-3 862 15
13. UCLA 10-3 698 10
14. LSU 8-5 675 NR
15. Arizona St. 10-3 605 12
16. Georgia Tech 11-3 588 8
17. Mississippi 9-4 563 17
18. Arkansas 7-6 410 NR
19. Oklahoma 8-5 394 NR
20. Wisconsin 11-3 393 13
21. Stanford 8-5 347 NR
22. Arizona 10-4 311 19
23. Boise St. 12-2 240 16
24. Missouri 11-3 219 14
25. Tennessee 7-6 114 NR
Others receiving votes: Mississippi St. 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma St. 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn St. 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas St. 5, Florida 4, NC State 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Michigan 2, N. Illinois 2, California 1, W. Kentucky 1, West Virginia 1.

Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

The defending national champion Buckeyes received all 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday.

TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State.

The Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff championship last season and are trying to become the 12th team to win consecutive AP titles since the poll began in 1936.

Preseason rankings date back to 1950. Since then no team had received more than 97 percent of the first-place votes in a preseason poll.

In 2013, Alabama, which had won two straight championships, received 58 of 60 first-place votes and defending champion Florida did the same in 2009. Neither finished the season No. 1.

The rest of this year’s preseason top 10 is Auburn, Oregon, Southern California, Georgia and Florida State.

POLL POINTS
2: The last two times the Buckeyes opened the season at No. 1 (1998 and 2006), they finished No. 2.

6: Pac 12 has six teams ranked in the preseason poll for the second straight year.

8: It is the eighth time Ohio State is ranked No. 1 in preseason. Only Oklahoma has been rated the top preseason team more times, with 10.

8: SEC has eight teams ranked for the third time, the most by any conference. SEC set the record in 2011 and had eight teams ranked last year.

10 :Ten times the preseason No. 1 has gone on to win the national title. Only twice, Florida State in 1999 and Southern California in 2004, has the top-ranked team in the preseason poll gone wire-to-wire as No. 1.

27: Ohio State has appeared in the preseason poll for 27 consecutive years, the longest current streak and the fourth longest all-time. Oklahoma has the second longest current streak at 16 years.

CLOSE AGAIN: You might have heard that TCU and Baylor shared the Big 12 championship last year. It was sort of a big deal. Well, the second-ranked Horned Frogs and No. 4 Bears are close again and both have their best preseason rankings.

TCU’s previous best preseason ranking was No. 6 in 2010.

Baylor’s previous best was No. 7 in 1957.

ROLLING: No. 3 Alabama is preseason top-five for the seventh consecutive season. It is the third longest streak of preseason top-five rankings in the history of the poll. Florida State did it 11 straight times from 1990-2000 and Oklahoma had eight straight preseason top-five rankings from 1974-81.

SPARTY, YES!: No. 5 Michigan State has its best preseason ranking since 1967 when it started No. 3.

RAISING ARIZONA: No. 22 Arizona is ranked in the preseason for the first time since 1999. The Wildcats and rival Arizona State, ranked 15th, are both preseason ranked for just the fifth time (1974, ’89, ’98 and .99).

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