Sporting News Names Oklahoma Preseason No. 1

Sporting News released its preseason top 25 on Monday and there are plenty of surprises. While most publications have FSU and Alabama atop the perch, SN tabbed the Oklahoma Sooners as its No. 1 team. Oregon clocks in at No. 2, with the defending champion Seminoles coming in at No. 3. Iron Bowl rivals Alabama and Auburn round out the Top 5, respectively.

As for conference breakdowns, the SEC leads the pack with eight of its 14 teams ranked. The Pac-12 comes in second with six teams listed.

Below is SN’s complete top 25 rankings heading into the season. For the reasoning behind each selection, check out the SN article here.

Let the debate begin.

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Alabama
  5. Auburn
  6. Stanford
  7. Baylor
  8. UCLA
  9. Ohio State
  10. South Carolina
  11. LSU
  12. Michigan State
  13. Arizona State
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Georgia
  16. USC
  17. Nebraska
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Ole Miss
  21. Washington
  22. Florida
  23. Texas
  24. North Carolina
  25. UCF
  • pharoh

    I think it is bette to be ranked at 5 or 6 and just come from behind…. – – PHAROH