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Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State top preseason coaches poll

Alabama enters the 2018 season as the No. 1 team in the country, according to the USA Today Coaches Poll. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

You know the college football season is getting close when the preseason polls start rolling out.

The first of that bunch is the USA Today Coaches Poll, which is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches. Unsurprisingly, defending champion Alabama leads the way with some other usual suspects — Clemson and Ohio State — coming in at Nos. 2 and 3.

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Georgia, fresh off an SEC title and a runner-up CFP finish, comes in at No. 4. Despite losing Heisman winner Baker Mayfield to the NFL, Big 12 champion Oklahoma is fifth while Washington, Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State and Auburn round out the top 10.

The Top 25 includes five representatives from the SEC, Big Ten and Big 12, four from the ACC, three from the Pac-12, one independent, one from the AAC and one from the Mountain West.

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Ohio State
  4. Georgia
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Washington
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Miami
  9. Penn State
  10. Auburn
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Michigan State
  13. Stanford
  14. Michigan
  15. USC
  16. TCU
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Florida State
  20. West Virginia
  21. Texas
  22. Boise State
  23. UCF
  24. LSU
  25. Oklahoma State

Other receiving votes: South Carolina (138), Florida (135), Oregon (105), Utah (81), Northwestern (67), Texas A&M (67), Kansas State (35), Florida Atlantic (27), Boston College (23), Memphis (23), North Carolina State (22), Arkansas State (19), Troy (19), Appalachian State (16), San Diego State (15), Iowa (8), Iowa State (8), Kentucky (8), Washington State (7), South Florida (6), Duke (5), Fresno State (4), Louisville (3), Arizona (2), Houston (2), Army (1), Northern Illinois (1).

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