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ESPN Reveals CFB Preseason Top 25 Poll — Who Ranks No. 1?

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Now that we’re less than 30 days away from the start of the college football season, it’s time to take a deep dive into some of these preseason polls. ESPN decided to join the party on Tuesday night, revealing their college football top 25 on its “College Football 2021: The Power Rankings” show.

So, how did things shake out? Well, here are how things break down from a conference perspective:

  • SEC – 6 teams
  • Big Ten – 5
  • Pac-12 – 4
  • ACC – 3
  • Big 12 – 3
  • Group of 5 – 3
  • Independent – 1

In some ways, it’s an interesting breakdown. Considering how the Pac-12 has been viewed in recent years, seeing four Pac-12 teams (Oregon, USC, Washington and Arizona State) all sitting in the top 25 looks strange — especially since they have more than both the ACC and the Big 12.

Here is how the rankings look overall. As you probably guessed, the Alabama Crimson Tide once again sit atop the list:

  1. Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Clemson
  4. Georgia
  5. Ohio State
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Iowa State
  8. Oregon
  9. Notre Dame
  10. North Carolina
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Florida
  13. USC
  14. LSU
  15. Miami
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Indiana
  18. Iowa
  19. Washington
  20. Penn State
  21. Texas
  22. Coastal Carolina
  23. Louisiana
  24. Ole Miss
  25. Arizona State

If these rankings hold true, we’ll get two top 15 matchups in the SEC in Week 1. We already knew No. 4 Georgia versus No. 3 Clemson in Charlotte would be a barnburner, and now we might get to see a top-15 Miami team take on No. 1 ranked Alabama in Atlanta.

Outside the SEC, No. 20 Penn State will go on the road to No. 16 Wisconsin, which should establish the early pecking order in the Big Ten.


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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Yeah we certainly don’t need a playoff expansion guys how interesting and exhilarating it is to see every single fucking season the same top 5 in the polls. Oh but yeah allowing more competition for the ultimate crown isn’t going to change any recruiting dynamics or power structure at the top of the food chain…right.

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