(AP) — Defending national champion Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll, with Clemson No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3.
The Crimson Tide received 61 one first-place votes from a panel of major-college coaches in the poll released Thursday. The Associated Press media poll will be released Aug. 20.
Alabama won its fifth national championship under coach Nick Saban last season, beating Georgia in overtime of the College Football Playoff national title game. The Bulldogs were ranked fourth by the coaches and Oklahoma was fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 were Washington, Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State and Auburn.
Clemson Athletics Press Release:
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson will enter the 2018 campaign ranked No. 2 in the nation, according to the preseason Coaches Poll released by USA Today on Thursday.
The ranking marks Clemson’s third consecutive Top 5 preseason Coaches Poll ranking in the last three years, a first in program history. The Tigers have exceeded their preseason Coaches Poll ranking in each of the last seven seasons.
The 2018 squad joins the 1982 (No. 9), 1984 (8), 1988 (4), 2008 (9), 2013 (8), 2016 (2) and 2017 (5) squads as one of eight Clemson teams to enter the year in the Coaches Poll preseason Top 10.
Clemson opens the season at Memorial Stadium against Furman on Saturday, Sept. 1. A select number of single-game tickets for the 2018 season remain available by visiting ClemsonTigers.com or calling 1-800 CLEMSON.