When does the 2018 college football preseason AP Top 25 poll get released? We are just weeks away from the start of the season and fans are eager to get their hands on the first rankings of the season. Earlier this month, the Amway Coaches Poll dropped with the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide sitting at No. 1, but that poll bears no influence in the College Football Playoff rankings. That’s why the release of the AP Top 25 poll is the most important of the preseason, with our first look at how things could play out throughout the year.
This year, the AP Top 25 preseason poll will drop at 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 20.
The preseason AP All-American Team will be released the following day.
SAVE THE DATES: The preseason Top 25 will be released on Monday, Aug. 20, at noon Eastern, four weeks from today.
The preseason AP All-America team will be released 24 hours later.
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Who will be ranked No. 1 when the preseason poll drops? Don’t expect much to change from last season’s year-end poll with Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide sitting in the top spot.
The 2018 college football schedule officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 25 with four games on the schedule — Duquesne vs. UMass, Prairie View vs. Rice, Hawaii vs. Colorado State, and Wyoming vs. New Mexico State. The action ramps up the following weekend, with several marquee matchups set to take place in primetime.
The final AP Top 25 poll from the 2017 college football season can be seen below.
Final AP Top 25 Poll Of The 2017 College Football Season
- Alabama (57)
- Ohio State
- UCF (4)
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Michigan State
- Mississippi State
- Boise State
- North Carolina State
- Virginia Tech