Breaking down preseason AP No. 1 vs. national champion since 2000

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Breaking down preseason AP No. 1 vs. national champion since 2000


Do preseason polls matter? 

Alabama opened at No. 1 in the Preseason AP Top 25 for the second straight year, but it’s the end result that matters. 

In the past 21 college football seasons, the team that opened as the Preseason No. 1 has won the national championship two times. Alabama is the last team to do it, in 2017. USC also started and finished No. 1 in 2017. 

Alabama was ranked No. 3 in last season’s preseason poll before winning the national championship. This marks the sixth time the Crimson Tide have opened at No. 1 under Nick Saban.  

MORE: SN Preseason Top 25

In 209, LSU became the sixth national champion in the past 20 years that was ranked outside the top five in the Preseason AP Top 25. 

Here’s a look at the AP preseason No. 1 teams since 2000 and where they finished, along with the national champion since 2000 and where it started the season.

Preseason No. 1: Nebraska (finished No. 8) 
National Champion: Oklahoma (preseason No. 19) 

Preseason No. 1: Florida (finished No. 3)  
National Champion: Miami, Fla. (preseason No. 2) 

Preseason No. 1: Miami, Fla. (finished No. 2)  
National Champion: Ohio State (preseason No. 13)  

Preseason No. 1: Oklahoma (finished No. 3) 
National Champion: USC (preseason No. 8) 

Preseason No. 1: USC
National Champion: USC 

Preseason No. 1: USC (finished No. 2) 
National Champion: Texas (preseason No. 2) 

Preseason No. 1: Ohio State (finished No. 2) 
National Champion: Florida (preseason No. 7) 

Preseason No. 1: USC (finished No. 3) 
National Champion: LSU (preseason No. 2) 

Preseason No. 1: Georgia (finished No. 13) 
National Champion: Florida (preseason No. 5) 

Preseason No. 1: Florida (finished No. 3) 
National Champion: Alabama (preseason No. 5)

Preseason No. 1: Alabama (finished No. 10) 
National Champion: Auburn (preseason No. 22) 

Preseason No. 1: Oklahoma (finished No. 16) 
National Champion: Alabama (preseason No. 2) 

Preseason No. 1: USC (finished unranked) 
National Champion: Alabama (preseason No. 2) 

Preseason No. 1: Alabama (finished No. 7) 
National Champion: Florida State (preseason No. 11) 

Preseason No. 1: Florida State (finished No. 5) 
National champion: Ohio State (preseason No. 5)

Preseason No. 1: Ohio State (finished No. 4) 
National champion: Alabama (preseason No. 3) 

Preseason No. 1:  Alabama (finished No. 2) 
National champion:  Clemson (preseason No. 2) 

Preseason No. 1:  Alabama
National champion:  Alabama

Preseason No. 1: Alabama (finished No. 2) 
National champion: Clemson (preseason No. 2)

Preseason No. 1:  Clemson (finished No. 2) 
National champion:  LSU (preseason No. 6) 

Preseason No. 1: Clemson 
National champion: Alabama (preseason No. 3) 


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