The release of the NCAA football preseason AP Top 25 has college football fans salivating for the start of the 2016-17 season. Well, you don’t have to wait long NCAA fanatics, because the season officially begins at the end of this week! California will take on Hawaii this Friday, August 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The game will air nationally on ESPN.
The preseason polls matter – and they don’t matter. It is all how you look at things.
The advantage of being a preseason Top 25 team is simple. If you run the table, or at least have a great start to the season, you can solidify your argument that you belong there. A perfect example of a team taking advantage of an early preseason ranking season is the Houston Cougars.
Houston is the No. 8 team in the land according to the AP, and a win over No. 5 Oklahoma in Week 1 would go miles for the program. A loss on the other hand may ruin the Cougars shot at an NCAA playoff berth later this season. Sure one early loss shouldn’t be so devastating, however, let’s be honest, teams like Houston, Boise State and others never seem to get a “second look” by the pollsters like say an Alabama or LSU do.
It may not seem fair, but unfortunately in many cases it is the truth.
Nevertheless, here is your AP Top 25, along with the latest odds to win the 2017 NCAA championship.
Be sure to check back here at Sports Odds Daily, as every week we will have the Top 25 schedule, odds and all the TV and online infp – along with a few free picks. You can click here for the most updated odds to in the 2017 NCAA title thanks to Vegas Insider.
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AP TOP 25
- Alabama (33)
- Clemson (16)
- Oklahoma (4)
- Florida State (5)
- LSU (1)
- Ohio State (1)
- Michigan (1)
- Notre Dame
- Ole Miss
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina