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Alabama is not on top of my AP preseason college football ballot

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will try to lead his Tigers to their second national college football championship in the past three seasons when play begins in 2018.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will try to lead his Tigers to their second national college football championship in the past three seasons when play begins in 2018. Anderson Independent Mail

The Associated Press preseason college football poll for 2018 is out.

I am a voter.

I am not, however, the voter who gave Kentucky a vote for the Top 25.

Here’s my ballot:

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

My toughest decision was what to do about Ohio State given the uncertain status of head coach Urban Meyer. I decided to judge the Buckeyes on talent alone, no matter what happens with the coaching situation.

You can find a list of all the voters and a link to how they voted by clicking here.

Now here’s the actual preseason Top 25:

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

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