NCAA Football: Ohio State Spring Game

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, of Manchester, instructs players during the first half of the Buckeyes' spring game in May.

Defending champion Clemson is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the first time ever. The Tigers received 52 first-place votes to grab the top spot in the poll, released Monday. They are followed by a quartet of NCAA football heavyweights, starting with Alabama, who received the other 10 first-place votes.

Georgia is No. 3.

Oklahoma and Ohio State, coached by Manchester’s Ryan Day, round out the Top 5.

Florida, coached by former Trinity High quarterback Dan Mullen, checked in at No. 8.

AP Top 25 (with last year’s record)

1. Clemson (15-0)

2. Alabama (14-1)

3. Georgia (11-3)

4. Oklahoma (12-2)

5. Ohio State (13-1)

6. LSU (10-3)

7. Michigan (10-3)

8. Florida (10-3)

9. Notre Dame (12-1)

10. Texas (10-4)

11. Oregon (9-4)

12. Texas A&M (9-4)

13. Washington (10-4)

14. Utah (9-5)

15. Penn State (9-4)

16. Auburn (8-5)

17. UCF (12-1)

18. Michigan State (7-6)

19. Wisconsin (8-5)

20. Iowa (9-4)

21. Iowa State (8-5)

22. Syracuse (10-3)

23. Washington State (11-2)

24. Nebraska (4-8)

25. Stanford (9-4)