The AP Top 25 college football rankings will be released at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 21.
Clemson is the defending national champion after defeating Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, 35-31. But Alabama was No. 1 in the preseason USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll that was released Thursday, Aug. 3.
The 2017 college football season starts Saturday, August 26, so the preseason AP Poll will be out less than a week before the first games.
College football rankings: When is the AP Top 25 poll released?
According to Associated Press reporter Ralph D. Russo, the preseason rankings will be revealed Monday, Aug. 21, at 12 p.m. ET.
The preseason AP Top 25 will be released at noon ET on Aug. 21.
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— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 16, 2017
College football rankings: AP Top 25 poll for last season
Clemson picked up all 60 No. 1 votes in the last rankings for the 2016 season. The Tigers beat Ohio State, 31-0, in the semifinals and then Alabama, 35-31, to win the national title in a rematch. Clemson scored the winning touchdown with 1 second remaining as Deshaun Watson threw a 2-yard pass to Hunter Renfrow.
- Clemson (all 60 first-place votes)
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Florida State
- Oklahoma State
- Western Michigan
- Virginia Tech
- West Virginia
- South Florida
- Miami (Fla.)
- San Diego State
College Football Rankings: Coaches Poll Preseason Top 25
Here’s how the coaches voted in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll, which was revealed on Thursday, August 3. Alabama earned the No. 1 ranking by picking up 49 first-place votes. Defending champion Clemson received seven No. 1 votes but is ranked only No. 5.
|Rank||Team||Record (last year)||Points||Final ranking last year|
|1||Alabama (49 No. 1 votes)||14-1||1603||2|
|2||Ohio State (5)||11-2||1512||6|
|3||Florida State (4)||10-3||1434||8|
Others receiving votes: Washington State 99, Colorado 72, TCU 58, Boise State 49, Notre Dame 49, Texas A&M 46, Pittsburgh 45, North Carolina State 39, Oregon 37, Northwestern 25, Nebraska 23, Arkansas 22, Memphis 22, Mississippi State 19, San Diego State 18, Appalachian State 11, BYU 10, Georgia Tech 10, Tulsa 10, Wyoming 9, Western Michigan 8, Temple 8, North Carolina 8, Houston 7, Minnesota 6, Troy 6, Iowa 5, Louisiana Tech 4, Syracuse 3, Arizona 2, UCLA 1, Colorado State 1, Maryland 1, Michigan State 1, Toledo 1, Army 1.