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6 in preseason Coaches Poll

04 August 2017

The Washington Huskies are ranked No. 7 in the preseason coaches poll released Thursday, marking the program's highest preseason ranking in either of the two major polls in 20 years. The Buckeyes picked up five first-place votes.

Florida State leads the way among Sunshine State teams, sitting at No. 3.

No surprises in the top five: Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Southern California and Clemson.

For the second conecutive season, Alabama will start as the top-ranked team.

The remaining seven first-place votes went to defending national champion Clemson, but the Tigers will start 2017 at No. 5 overall.

No. 2 Ohio State paces four Big Ten teams in preseason Coaches poll

Other SEC teams in the poll are No. 13 Auburn, No. 15 Georgia, No. 16 Florida, No. 24 Tennessee. BYU also received votes ahead of the opener against LSU. He will have a core of young talent on defense, including 10 returning starters and greater depth. Rounding out the top 10 were Penn State, Washington, Oklahoma, Michigan and Wisconsin.

A sure sign of college football's imminent arrival is the preseason top 25 polls.

As you can see by looking up and down the Top 25, the Big Ten looks to be one of the best, if not the best, conferences in the nation in 2017. TCU was third among teams receiving votes.

South Florida is ranked No. 21 after winning 11 games a year ago.

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6 in preseason Coaches Poll