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OSU Becomes First Team In History Of AP Poll To Be Named Unanimous Preseason #1

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The defending national champion Ohio State football is the first in the history of the Associated Press poll to be named the unanimous preseason number one. 

TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State.

The Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff championship last season and are trying to become the 12th team to win consecutive AP titles since the poll began in 1936.

Preseason rankings date back to 1950. Since then no team had received more than 97 percent of the first-place votes in a preseason poll.

In 2013, Alabama, which had won two straight championships, received 58 of 60 first-place votes and defending champion Florida did the same in 2009. Neither finished the season No. 1.

The rest of this year’s preseason top 10 is Auburn, Oregon, Southern California, Georgia and Florida State.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2014 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and 2014 final ranking:

1. Ohio St. (61) 14-1 1,525 1
2. TCU 12-1 1,428 3
3. Alabama 12-2 1,322 4
4. Baylor 11-2 1,263 7
5. Michigan St. 11-2 1,256 t5
6. Auburn 8-5 1,192 22
7. Oregon 13-2 1,156 2
8. Southern Cal 9-4 1,085 20
9. Georgia 10-3 991 9
10. Florida St. 13-1 959 t5
11. Notre Dame 8-5 873 NR
12. Clemson 10-3 862 15
13. UCLA 10-3 698 10
14. LSU 8-5 675 NR
15. Arizona St. 10-3 605 12
16. Georgia Tech 11-3 588 8
17. Mississippi 9-4 563 17
18. Arkansas 7-6 410 NR
19. Oklahoma 8-5 394 NR
20. Wisconsin 11-3 393 13
21. Stanford 8-5 347 NR
22. Arizona 10-4 311 19
23. Boise St. 12-2 240 16
24. Missouri 11-3 219 14
25. Tennessee 7-6 114 NR
Others receiving votes: Mississippi St. 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma St. 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn St. 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas St. 5, Florida 4, NC State 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Michigan 2, N. Illinois 2, California 1, W. Kentucky 1, West Virginia 1.