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The College Football Preseason AP Top 25 Is Released. Who's On Top? Can Ohio State Repeat? Vote Now.

Updated on August 23, 2015
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Let the arguments begin.

The Associated Press released its Top 25 preseason poll for the upcoming college football season on Sunday, and for the first time in history, there is a unanimous number one. The reigning and defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes received all sixty-one first-place votes to lead the pack of twenty-five that includes eight teams from the SEC, six from the Pac-12, three apiece from the Big 10, Big 12, and ACC. The Mountain West has one team in, and Notre Dame is the lone independent in the first of many Top 25 votes on the way to the College Football Playoffs that begin on December 31st.

The semifinal games will be played at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas and the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida on New Year's Eve. The national championship game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 11th. But which four teams will be there? We'll find out in a few months. Here's a look at twenty-five of the top contenders.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes: (61 first-place votes) 1525 points-First game: 9/7 @ Virginia Tech

2. TCU Horned Frogs: 1428 points-First game: 9/3 @ Minnesota

3. Alabama Crimson Tide: 1322 points-First game: 9/5 vs Wisconsin

4. Baylor Bears: 1263 points-First game: 9/4 @SMU

5. Michigan State Spartans: 1256 points-First game: 9/4 @Western Michigan

6. Auburn Tigers: 1192 points-First game: 9/5 vs Louisville

7. Oregon Ducks: 1156 points-First game: 9/5 vs Eastern Washington

8. USC Trojans: 1085-First game: 9/5 vs Arkansas State

9. Georgia Bulldogs: 991 points-First game: 9/5 vs Louisiana-Monroe

10. Florida State Seminoles: 959 points-First game: 9/5 vs Texas State

11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 873 points-First game: 9/5 vs Texas

12. Clemson Tigers: 862 points-First game: 9/5 vs Wofford

13. UCLA Bruins: 698 points-First game: 9/5 vs Virginia

14. LSU Tigers: 675 points-First game: 9/5 vs McNeese State

15. Arizona State Sun Devils: 605 points-First game: 9/5 @Texas A&M

16. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: 588 points-First game: 9/3 vs Alcorn State

17. Ole Miss Rebels: 563 points-First game: 9/5 vs UTM

18. Arkansas Razorbacks: 410 points-First game: 9/5 vs UTEP

19. Oklahoma Sooners: 394 points-First game: 9/5 vs Akron

20. Wisconsin Badgers: 393 points-First game: 9/5 @Alabama

21. Stanford Cardinal: 347 points-First game: 9/5 @ Northwestern

22. Arizona Wildcats: 311 points-First game: 9/3 vs Texas-San Antonio

23. Boise State Broncos: 240 points-First game: 9/4 vs Washington

24. Missouri Tigers: 219 points-First game: 9/5 vs Southeast Missouri State

25. Tennessee Volunteers: 114 points-First game: 9/5 vs Bowling Green

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma State 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn State 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas State 5, NC State 4, Florida 4, Texas 3, Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 2, Brigham Young 2, West Virginia 1, California 1, Western Kentucky 1

Please take note that these rankings don't matter as much as they used to. When the BCS was finally eliminated and the College Football Playoff was created, a committee was formed to rank the contenders, the points gathered here will not play a part in the decision process. The first of those rankings will be released the first week of November.

There are those who don't feel that this preseason poll is even necessary. Some feel that there shouldn't be rankings until a few weeks into the season, after we've seen these teams play three or four games. Where do you come out on this?

We've got 130 days until the College Football Playoff begins. Every single team that was mentioned here will be vying for the top spot held by Ohio State. But repeating as champion is one of the hardest things to do in sports. Can the Buckeyes repeat as national champion? We've got a great season of college football ahead to find out.

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