3 in Preseason AP Poll

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It is the first time an Oklahoma team coached by a new head coach has been ranked in the AP preseason since Gary Gibbs' rookie year. And that includes on Twitter, where fans and experts alike shared their opinions on where the teams placed, or didn't place.

This is the second straight year and fourth time in the last eight years that Alabama will open the season with the AP's No. 1 ranking, which isn't necessarily a positive sign.

- No. 6 Penn State has its best preseason ranking since it was No. 3 in 1999. A year earlier, it was No. 9 in the preseason, but was unranked to end the season despite a 10-3 record. The Seminoles will face the top-ranked Crimson Tide to open the season on September 2 in Atlanta. In fact, the previous three times the Crimson Tide opened the year at No. 1, it finished 10th in 2010, seventh in 2013, and second last season, respectively.

Auburn went 8-5 last season and finished ranked No. 22 in the coaches poll and No. 24 in the AP poll.

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Kansas State will enter the football season as a ranked team for the first time since 2014. Those teams finished an average of 6.34 places (higher or lower) from where they were ranked in the preseason.

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

The SEC leads all conferences with six teams in the AP Top 25 poll, but only one in the Top 10. Auburn was 12th, LSU 13th, Georgia 15th, Florida 17th and Tennessee 25th.

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