While not quite as good as the Preseason Coaches Poll, the Big 12 is well represented in the AP Preseason Poll that dropped on Monday. Four conference teams were named in the Top 25, while three more also received votes.
Shocking to no one, Alabama came in number, which ties a record set by Oklahoma. The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are the only two schools to have ranked first in the preseason AP Poll for three straight years.
Speaking of the Sooners, Oklahoma is the Big 12’s top-ranked school at 7th; two spots under their Coaches Poll ranking. The slight might irk a few of the Norman faithful, but they are well within striking distance of the College Football Playoff.
For TCU and West Virginia, they have a bit more work to do to make the playoff. The Frogs came in at 16th, and the Mountaineers are one spot below them at 17.
If you’re worried about statistics that are more correlation than they are causation, the lowest ranked preseason team to make the playoff is 19th, and it was the Sooners in 2015. Only two other teams outside the preseason AP top 10 have made the playoff. Washington started the season 14th in 2016, and Georgia started the season at 15 last year.
Texas also cracked the Top 25, at 23. Oklahoma State made the Coaches Poll Top 25, but was left just outside the rankings in the AP Poll. The Cowboys, Kansas State and Iowa State all received votes; which shows just what a gauntlet Big 12 play will be.
2018 AP Preseason Top 25
1. Alabama (42)
2. Clemson (18)
4. Wisconsin (1)
5. Ohio State
10. Penn State
11. Michigan State
12. Notre Dame
17. West Virginia
18. Mississippi State
19. Florida State
20. Virginia Tech
22. Boise State
Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina 96, Florida 68, Utah 60, Oklahoma State 51, FAU 38, Arizona 28, NC State 22, Texas A&M 21, Boston College 18, Northwestern 13, Kansas State 10, Iowa State 8, Houston 6, Memphis 3, Troy 2, Iowa 2, Kentucky 1, Arkansas St. 1, Fresno State 1