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5 things to know about preseason coaches poll

5 things to know about preseason coaches poll

5 things to know about preseason coaches poll
Alabama and Clemson played for the national championship last season, and they rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the preseason coaches poll this year. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

5 things to know about preseason coaches poll

The preseason coaches Top 25 came out Thursday, and here are five things to know about the poll:

1. The teams who met in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game — Alabama and Clemson — rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the poll. Defending champ Alabama sits at the top of the poll. The Crimson Tide received 55 first-place votes and Clemson seven. Florida State and Tennessee received one apiece.

2. Georgia comes in at No. 16. No other state school ranks in the poll.

3. The top three teams in the poll participated in last season’s playoff. The fourth playoff team from last season just missed the top 10 in the poll.

4. Six SEC schools and four ACC schools are in the poll. The other conferences represented are Pac-12 (5), Big 12 (4), Big Ten (4) and American Athletic (1). The 25th school is Notre Dame.

5. Three teams in the poll are on Georgia’s schedule for this season: Tennessee (10), Ole Miss (12) and North Carolina (20). Two teams in the poll are on Georgia Tech’s schedule: Clemson and North Carolina. Ole Miss also is on Georgia Southern’s schedule.

The poll:

School, 2015 record, points (first-place votes)

1. Alabama, 14-1, 1585 (55)

2. Clemson, 14-1, 1524 (7)

3. Oklahoma, 11-2, 1398

4. Florida State, 10-3, 1351 (1)

5. Ohio State, 12-1, 1321

6. LSU, 9-3, 1241

7. Stanford, 12-2, 1149

8. Michigan, 10-3, 1062

9. Notre Dame, 10-3, 1034

10. Tennessee, 9-4, 960 (1)

11. Michigan State, 12-2, 901

12. Ole Miss, 10-3, 792

13. Houston, 13-1, 668

14. TCU, 11-2, 649

15. Iowa, 12-2, 579

16. Georgia, 10-3, 525

17. USC, 8-6, 468

18. Washington, 7-6, 454

19. Oklahoma State, 10-3, 426

20. North Carolina, 11-3, 422

21. Baylor, 10-3, 383

22. Oregon, 9-4, 361

23. Louisville, 8-5, 331

24. UCLA, 8-5, 296

25. Florida, 10-4, 245

5. The voters:

Chris Ash, Rutgers

Dino Babers, Syracuse

David Bailiff, Rice

David Beaty, Kansas

Bret Bielema, Arkansas

John Bonamego, Central Michigan

Terry Bowden, Akron

Matt Campbell, Iowa State

Ron Caragher, San Jose State

Rod Carey, Northern Illinois

Paul Chryst, Wisconsin

Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan

David Cutcliffe, Duke

DJ Durkin, Maryland

Larry Fedora, North Carolina

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State

James Franklin, Penn State

Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech

Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

Bryan Harsin, Boise State

Clay Helton, USC

Tom Herman, Houston

Doc Holliday, Marshall

Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech

Joey Jones, South Alabama

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

Sean Kugler, Texas-El Paso

Mike Leach, Washington State

Lance Leipold, Buffalo

Seth Littrell, North Texas

Rocky Long, San Diego State

Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

Gus Malzahn, Auburn

Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio)

Doug Martin, New Mexico State

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt

Urban Meyer, Ohio State

Trent Miles, Georgia State

Philip Montgomery, Tulsa

Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina

Chad Morris, SMU

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State

Mike Norvell, Memphis

Gary Patterson, TCU

Chris Petersen, Washington

Brian Polian, Nevada

Mark Richt, Miami (Fla.)

Mike Riley, Nebraska

Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

Nick Saban, Alabama

Tony Sanchez, UNLV

Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State

Kirby Smart, Georgia

Frank Solich, Ohio

Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati

Ron Turner, Florida International

Matt Wells, Utah State

Kyle Whittingham, Utah

Kevin Wilson, Indiana

Everett Withers, Texas State

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