Outkick Preseason Top 25 of Teams that Might Actually Play this Fall

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The AP released their top 25 today, but they have six teams from the Big Ten in it and three from the Pac-12 and those conferences are refraining from playing this Fall. At Outkick, we are putting together two top-25’s: One based on the AP poll combining their normal poll, removing Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, and adding in others receiving votes, and one based on gambling odds.

Here is the first one with the AP rankings combined with others receiving votes:

1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
4. Oklahoma
5. LSU
6. Florida
7. Notre Dame
8. Auburn
9. Texas A&M
10. Texas
11. Oklahoma State
12. North Carolina
13. Cincinnati
14. UCF
15. Iowa State
16. Tennessee
17. Memphis
18. Virginia Tech
19. Boise State
20. Miami (FL)
21. Louisville
22. Appalachian State
23. Kentucky
24. Baylor
25. TCU

While FanDuel does not have current odds for national title futures, they had them 2.5 weeks ago when we broke down the coaches’ poll — from those odds, here are the top-25 teams still playing (when there are multiples of the same numbers, it means they were tied in the odds; because of that there are actually 26):

1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
4. Florida
4. LSU
6. Texas
7. Notre Dame
8. Oklahoma
8. Texas A&M
10. Auburn
11. Miami (FL)
11. North Carolina
11. Oklahoma State
14. Iowa State
14. Louisville
14. Ole Miss
17. Boise State
17. Memphis
17. South Carolina
17. Tennessee
17. UCF
17. Virginia Tech
23. Florida State
23. Mississippi State
23. Missouri
23. NC State

The AP has Oklahoma ranked ahead of Texas whereas the gambling odds a few weeks ago had Texas with a better chance to win the national title (at that point Texas was 20-1 and Oklahoma was 20-1). Nonetheless, if you go down the list there aren’t that many extreme mismatches between the AP poll and the gambling odds.

If you’re interested in current odds for who wins the SEC, ACC, and Big-12, FanDuel has them here.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Miami announced that they will have 12K fans at the U first game on 9/10 against UAB.. nobody usually goes to those games but now they actually may fill the 12K fans at the stadium. very good news for football being played in 2020.

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