So with that as a disclaimer, here's this: If the preseason Top 25 college football coaches' poll that was released Thursday turns out to be somewhat accurate, Georgia Tech will play a much tougher schedule this season than Georgia. OSU got five first-place votes to Alabama's 49. The voters must realize that though MI did lose a ton of starters, they do have plenty of talent returning that played big roles on the 2016 team, not to mention, one heck of an incoming class of freshman including the "Fab Five 2.0".
Alabama was the No. 1-ranked team with Ohio State No. 2, Florida State No. 3, Southern California No. 4 and Clemson No. 5. Four more firsts went to Florida State, which checks in at No. 3.
Jim Harbaugh's Michigan Wolverines check in at No. 9 in the poll despite losing quite a few starters from last years team. Defending national champion Clemson is fifth. Only the Crimson Tide, however, will start in the top 10. Ohio State is No. 2, while MI and Wisconsin rank No. 9 and 10, respectively. The Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference will begin with five teams in Top 25 apiece.
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The Buckeyes trailed just Alabama for the top spot in the first poll of the year.
Tulsa was among the "others receiving votes". The Pac-12 has four in the poll, led by USC and No. 7 Washington.