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Ohio State ranked in AP preseason Top 25 for 31st straight year

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 13:30:04-04

For its 31st consecutive season, Ohio State is once again ranked in AP’s Top 25 preseason college football programs, this year coming in at No. 5.

OSU’s ranking streak is the third-best, behind only Penn State with 34 years (1968-2002) and Nebraska with 33 years (1970-2002).

The Buckeyes have been ranked in 66 of 70 preseason polls, the most of any school. The only years the team was unranked were 1966-1967, 1979 and 1988.

For the first time, defending national champions, the Clemson Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25. The Alabama Crimson Tide, who lost the College Football Playoff championship to Clemson last year, came in at No. 2.

No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Oklahoma round out the other top five in the poll.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.