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Bob Asmussen is a college football reporter and columnist for The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@BobAsmussen).


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What do you think about The Associated Press preseason Top 25?

Bob says ...

Being one of the 62 voters, there is usually a team or two to quibble about. But this time, I think my cohorts did a great job evaluating the teams and deciding where they should start the season.

Remember, this is a guess. Based mostly on what each team brings back, plus some analysis of the additions they made.

To me, the top three teams are obvious: Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. I am not surprised the Tigers picked up the bulk of the first-place votes. If the title game score had been reversed, then Alabama would be the team getting all the ballot love.

I like Ohio State and Texas a bit better than many of the other voters. And I don’t have a pair of Big Ten teams, Nebraska and Wisconsin, in my preseason Top 25. Both are on my “also considered list” and will move in if they get off to good starts.

Mississippi State and Army were left off the AP ballot. But both are just outside the Top 25 and will have a chance to move in.

The AP encourages us to make changes in our ballots each week and I plan to follow that guidance. Here is my list with first opponent:

1. Clemson vs. Georgia Tech (TH)

2. Alabama vs. Duke

3. Georgia at Vandy

4. Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic

5. Texas vs. La. Tech

6. Florida vs. Miami (Aug. 24)

7. Oklahoma vs. Houston (SU)

8. Texas A&M vs. Texas State (TH)

9. Oregon vs. Auburn

10. LSU vs. Georgia Southern

11. UCF vs. FAMU (TH)

12. Notre Dame at Louisville (MO)

13. Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee

14. Penn State vs. Idaho

15. Utah at BYU (TH)

16. Michigan State vs. Tulsa (FR)

17. Washington vs. EWU

18. Syracuse at Liberty

19. Iowa vs.. Miami Ohio

20. Auburn vs. Oregon

21. Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

22. Washington State vs. NMM State

23. Stanford vs. Northwestern

24. Mississippi State vs. Louisiana

25. Army vs.. Rice (FR)