1 in AP poll; FSU at No. 3 and Auburn No. 12

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2017 College Football preseason AP Poll

The Florida State football team is ranked third in the Associated Press Preseason Poll released Monday.

West Virginia landed one spot behind its season opening opponent Virginia Tech in the AP Poll, making it a matchup of top 25 programs that will be played in primetime September 3 at Fed-Ex Field. TCU is the top team among those receiving votes with 98 points.

Alabama was an overwhelming choice for No. 1 and led a list of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll.

The WVU football team finished 10-3 in 2016 and after falling to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Mountaineers were ranked No. 18 in the final AP poll.

USC starts the season at No. 4.

"I don't think that's anybody's call to make, including any preseason poll, which basically means little to nothing about anything", Saban said August 3.

Ohio State checked in at No. 2 with three first-place votes. Nick Saban and Alabama once again have one of the most talented teams in the country, and coming off that heartbreaking national championship loss to Clemson back in January, they're out for revenge this year, making them one of the most unsafe teams in the land as well.

We will find out who the top 25 teams are when the poll is released at Noon ET, and when it is released, you can view to top 10 rankings below.

With less than two weeks remaining until a showdown between Florida State and Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, it can officially be stated: This is the best opening-weekend game in college football history. The others: Auburn at No. 12, LSU at No. 13, Georgia at No. 15, Florida at No. 17 and Tennessee at No. 25.

Others receiving votes: TCU 98, Utah 85, Notre Dame 65, Boise St. 37, N.C. State 26, Northwestern 25, Pittsburgh 23, OR 21, Houston 19, Colorado 18, UCLA 9, San Diego State 9, BYU 5, BYU 4, Nebraska 4, Tulsa 4, Kentucky 3, Texas A&M 3, Michigan State 1. The Tide does not always win the national championship - just half the time over the last eight years - but is always in contention.

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