Big Ten places five teams in top 15 of AP preseason poll

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For the third consecutive year, Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide sit atop the Associated Press' Top-25 poll heading into the new season.

Alabama is making its sixth appearance at No. 1 in the AP's preseason poll. Alabama is ranked No. 1 (1,505 points, 42 first-place votes), Clemson is No. 2 (1,476; 18), Georgia is No. 3 (1,350), Wisconsin is No. 4 (1,271; one), Ohio State is No. 5 (1,256) and Washington is No. 6 (1,215). The Owls received 38 points in the preseason coaches poll, which equates to the No. 30 overall spot.

Reigning national champ Alabama tops the poll.

Michigan State is ranked at No. 11, while Michigan is ranked at No. 14 in the first poll.

A day shy of two weeks before the Hurricanes' blockbuster season opener September 2 against LSU, the AP's ranking cemented UM as a top-10 preseason team in both major polls for the first time since 2005. The team with the highest point total leads the rankings.

Clemson received 18 first-place votes and, somewhat surprisingly, Wisconsin received one.

The Top 25 is determined by voter rankings for college football's best teams.

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

A host of Big Ten teams - five in all - cracked the top 15.

UCF has appeared in the AP Top 25 poll 22 previous times.