Top 25 college football preseason vote heavy on SEC teams

The Associated Press college football preseason poll was released Monday.

As an AP voter, I put Alabama at the top of my list because, well, it’s Alabama. And according to none other than Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide’s runner-up finish last season was the result of a “rebuilding year.”

Closer to home, I placed Kentucky at No. 17 on my preseason list, three spots ahead of where UK landed in the voting. I had the Cats as one of six SEC teams included in my rankings along with Alabama (1), Georgia (3), Texas A&M (6), Tennessee (19) and Arkansas (21).

Here’s my ballot:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Michigan
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Utah
  9. Miami
  10. Oregon
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. North Carolina State
  13. Texas
  14. Michigan State
  15. Southern Cal
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Kentucky
  18. Penn State
  19. Tennessee
  20. Pittsburgh
  21. Arkansas
  22. Baylor
  23. Wake Forest
  24. Cincinnati
  25. Wisconsin

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks during NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days Tuesday, July 19, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) John Bazemore AP

This story was originally published August 15, 2022 1:30 PM.

John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
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