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Auburn narrowly outside top 10 in preseason AP poll

21 August 2017

The Irish will open up the 2017 season when they host Temple on September 2nd at 3:30pm at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Tide received 52 of the 61 first place votes.

LSU is one of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll, including No. 1 Alabama, No. 12 Auburn, No. 15 Georgia, No. 17 Florida and No. 25 Tennessee.

This also represents the 59th time that Oklahoma has appeared in the preseason AP poll, second most behind Ohio State (64 times). Wisconsin 10. Oklahoma State 11. The ACC and Big 12 are second with five teams, followed by the Big Ten and Pac-12 with four and The American with one.

Fellow Big 12ers Kansas State (No. 20), West Virginia (No. 22) and Texas (No. 23) made the cut as well.

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Ohio State was No. 2, preventing the first 1 vs 2 opening game since the AP preseason poll began in 1950. Southern California and defending national champion Clemson rounded out the top five.

This is the best four-year span for Auburn, which is No. 13 in the preseason coaches poll, in the preseason AP poll since an eight-year span in the top 15 from 1983-90.

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

UF finished 14th in last season's final AP poll after defeating Iowa 30-3 in the Outback Bowl to finish 9-4.

Auburn narrowly outside top 10 in preseason AP poll