The University of Alabama is ranked No. 2 in the first Associated Press poll of the 2019 season.

Clemson, which topped the Crimson Tide in last season’s national title game, is at No. 1. It’s the first time the Tigers are ranked in the top spot of the AP preseason poll.

Clemson received 52 first-place votes and Alabama received the other 10 from the media. Alabama had been the AP preseason No. 1 for three straight years.

Georgia is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Ohio State.

AP POLL

Team, Points

  1. Clemson (15-0) 1,540

2. Alabama (14-1) 1,496

3. Georgia (11-3) 1,403

4. Oklahoma (12-2) 1,331

5. Ohio State (13-1) 1,261

6. LSU (10-3) 1,199

7. Michigan (10-3) 1,164

8. Florida (10-3)  1,054

9. Notre Dame (12-1) 1,044

10. Texas (10-4) 1,005

11. Oregon (9-4) 860

12. Texas A&M (9-4) 852

13. Washington (10-4) 786

14. Utah (9-5) 772

15. Penn State (9-4) 651

16. Auburn (8-5) 578

17. UCF (12-1) 410

18. Michigan State (7-6) 377

19. Wisconsin (8-5) 370

20. Iowa (9-4) 330

21. Iowa State (8-5) 302

22. Syracuse (10-3) 209

23. Washington State (11-2) 200

24. Nebraska (4-8) 154

25. Stanford (9-4) 141

Others receiving votes:

Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami (FL) 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno State 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, USC 1

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