Alabama returns 14 starters from last season's team that finished 14-1 and won the school's 16th national championship. Ole Miss loses several of its top contributors from last season, including offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, receiver Laquon Treadwell and defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who all were selected in the first round of this year's National Football League draft.
Clemson claimed the No. 2 spot in the poll, while Oklahoma enters the 2016 season as the No. 3 overall team.
Rounding up the conferences: The Pac-12 has five teams, led by No. 8 Stanford, with the Big Ten and Big 12 adding four each.
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The Seminoles are about to enter their last week of fall camp, and they'll open the season against Ole Miss on September 5. Granted, the AP poll has no bearing on how the CFP selection committee makes its rankings. "There's not a lot of books written on how to stay successful". Clemson opens this season by visiting Auburn. At No. 2, Clemson has its highest preseason ranking in both polls.
16 Consecutive AP preseason polls have included LSU. At that time, they were 7-1 and had just beaten the South Carolina Gamecocks.
College football poll season has returned. Four of those times, the Tigers have gone from unranked to a top-five finish. The SEC's second-longest streak of seasons with an AP poll appearance is 34 by Florida from 1980 through 2013. Notre Dame, 10-3, 1006 11.
- Oklahoma is making its 17 straight preseason poll appearance. The Hoos' highest ranked opponent in the AP is Louisville at #19. Second to Alabama among SEC teams is Florida, with 41 No. 1 rankings, 10-most all-time. Mississippi State was the only team from the SEC West not to receive a vote.
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