Coaches Poll top 25: Alabama sits at No. 1 in the preseason edition, Miami opens at No. 8
Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and Oklahoma round out the top five
With each passing day, the start of a new college football season draws nearer, and it almost feels official now that the 2018 preseason Coaches Poll has been released. Last year's preseason poll had Alabama at No. 1, and that's exactly where the Tide ended the season as College Football Playoff National Champions.
UCF, which finished last season at 13-0 and No. 7 in the poll, will begin the season at No. 23. Four teams that finished the 2017 campaign unranked are in the preseason Coaches Poll, including Michigan, Florida State, West Virginia and Texas.
Here's the poll in its entirety:
1. Alabama (61 first-place votes)
2. Clemson (3)
3. Ohio State (1)
9. Penn State
11. Notre Dame
12. Michigan State
17. Virginia Tech
18. Mississippi State
19. Florida State
20. West Virginia
22. Boise State
25. Oklahoma State
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