17 in AP poll

Jessica Allison
August 21, 2017

Nick Saban doesn't have much use for preseason rankings.

Or at least that's the preseason consensus. "It's all about how you play when the game comes against the competition that you have to play against".

Florida State is ranked third in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll released Monday.

This isn't the first poll to be released during the preseason, but it's certainly the one to receive the most attention every year.

No. 12 Auburn will open the season against Georgia Southern on September 2 at 6:30 p.m. central time at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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K-State returns 44 letterwinners - including 18 starters - from last year's squad that earned a 9-4 record and capped its season with a 33-28 victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl. It's 12 spots higher than than where they finished last season, at No. 24. No. 4 UCLA in 1986, and No. 1 Nebraska vs.

"I think it's a great opportunity".

Rejoice, for the last Saturday without college football in 2017 passed this weekend. The AP poll is one way to take the temperature of college football.

This is the ninth consecutive season the Tide has been ranked in the preseason top five, the second-longest streak since the preseason poll started in 1950.

LSU is one of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll, including No. 1 Alabama, No. 12 Auburn, No. 15 Georgia, No. 17 Florida and No. 25 Tennessee. This season's playoff start January 1, with national semifinals at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

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