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ESPN reporter releases top 25 preseason poll

Stephen M. Smith-Touchdown Alabama Magazine

College football is now two weeks away and the preseason polls keep coming.

The latest one was released Wednesday morning via ESPN’s college football insider Brett McMurphy. McMurphy unveiled a snippet of his list through Twitter, prior to supplying a ballot.

McMurphy, like most reporters, had Ohio State ranked No. 1 and TCU at No. 2 for this season. Where Alabama comes in is the intriguing part. The Crimson Tide is positioned third, according to the Amway Coaches’ Poll and fifth by Sports Illustrated and ESPN.

McMurphy personally has Alabama ranked ninth, behind Notre Dame (#8), Auburn (#7), Oregon (#6) and Michigan State (#5). Listed below is McMurphy’s top 25 preseason ballot.

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. USC
  5. Michigan State
  6. Oregon
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Alabama
  10. Clemson
  11. Arizona State
  12. UCLA
  13. LSU
  14. Georgia Tech
  15. Georgia
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Florida State
  18. Arkansas
  19. Stanford
  20. Arizona
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wisconsin
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. Tennessee

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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