What better way to react to the first AP Top 25 poll of the 2016 college football season than compare it to the many forms of rankings already made available?

Alabama is No. 1, Clemson is No. 2 and Oklahoma is No. 3; it's the same order at the top that we've seen in the Coaches Poll and the Preseason CBS 128. It's an impressive consensus No. 1 honor for the Tide, but historically it's not a great spot for national title chances.

Ohio State made history last year as the first-ever unanimous preseason AP No. 1, but the Buckeyes still caught the same luck of many other top preseason picks. Since 1999, only two teams (Florida State, 1999; USC, 2004) have started the season No. 1 in the polls and gone on to win the national championship.

During the season, the Associated Press asks its voters to choose teams based "on performance, not reputation or preseason speculation." But since this is the preseason, it's important to note that this first poll is all speculation.

The release of the preseason AP Top 25 ends speculation season. We now move on to projection, predictions, and finally, performance. Cal and Hawaii will play at the end of this week. In 11 days, we'll have a full slate of Thursday night football. Can't wait.

Here's the full preseason AP Top 25 (first-place votes in parenthesis):

  1. Alabama (33)
  2. Clemson (16)
  3. Oklahoma (4)
  4. Florida State (5)
  5. LSU (1)
  6. Ohio State (1)
  7. Michigan (1)
  8. Stanford
  9. Tennessee
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Michigan State
  13. TCU
  14. Washington
  15. Houston
  16. UCLA
  17. Iowa
  18. Georgia
  19. Louisville
  20. USC
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. North Carolina
  23. Baylor
  24. Oregon
  25. Florida

Others receiving votes: Miami, Texas A&M, Utah, Washington State, Boise State, San Diego State, Wisconsin, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Texas, Nebraska, Navy, Northwestern, Western Kentucky, South Florida, Toledo

A breakdown by conference:

  • SEC: 6 (four of the top 11)
  • Pac-12: 5
  • ACC: 4 (two of the top four)
  • Big 12: 4
  • Big Ten: 4
  • American: 1
  • Independent: 1