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AP preseason college football poll has Alabama, Oklahoma on top for 2021

The Sooners overtake Clemson in the No. 2 spot as training camps are underway.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks with the media during SEC Media Days at Hyatt Regency Birmingham. Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The college football season is just 12 days away, and voters believe Alabama is likely to repeat as champions according to the AP Preseason Poll.

The Tide lost plenty of players on both offense and defense, including starting quarterback Mac Jones and talented skill-position players such as Najee Harris and Devonta Smith, but the depth the program has via recruiting puts them back on top once again.

While the Coaches Poll had Clemson as the No. 2 team in the country, the media puts Spencer Rattler and the Oklahoma Sooners as the second-best team. The Sooners have been to the semifinals of the College Football Playoff four times, but are 0-4 in those games and have yet to play for the national championship.

Coming in at No. 3 are the Clemson Tigers, who replace quarterback Trevor Lawrence with DJ Uiagalelei, but still have outstanding depth on both sides of the ball. Clemson opens the season with a neutral-site game in Atlanta against the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs.

At DraftKings Sportsbook, Alabama is the +250 favorite to repeat, with Clemson at +380 and Ohio State at +550. Georgia comes in at +600, with No. 2 Oklahoma fifth on the betting board at +750.

Here is the AP Preseason College Football Poll for 2021:

AP Preseason College Football Poll

Rank Team Previous Conference Votes
Rank Team Previous Conference Votes
1 Alabama 1 SEC 1,548 (47)
2 Oklahoma 6 Big 12 1,462 (6)
3 Clemson 3 ACC 1,447 (6)
4 Ohio State 2 Big Ten 1,393 (1)
5 Georgia 7 SEC 1,364 (3)
6 Texas A&M 4 SEC 1,223
7 Iowa State 9 Big 12 1,160
8 Cincinnati 8 American Athletic 1,014
9 Notre Dame 5 ACC 1,009
10 North Carolina 18 ACC 999
11 Oregon Pac-12 968
12 Wisconsin Big Ten 743
13 Florida 13 SEC 728
14 Miami (FL) 22 ACC 663
15 USC 21 Pac-12 660
16 LSU SEC 631
17 Indiana 12 Big Ten 549
18 Iowa 16 Big Ten 513
19 Penn State Big Ten 456
20 Washington Pac-12 449
21 Texas 19 Big 12 350
22 Coastal Carolina 14 Sun Belt 232
23 Louisiana-Lafayette 15 Sun Belt 208
24 Utah Pac-12 176
25 Arizona State Pac-12 125