"We appreciate the respect for our football program," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "We don't take it as added pressure, we take it as recognition for what we've done before and the team we've assembled. But we still put the emphasis on our own expectations, our effort and our preparation for the season to come."
3) STREAKING. No. 2 Ohio State has been ranked in the preseason Top 25 each of the last 25 seasons, the longest current streak. The Buckeyes also have the most overall appearances in the AP preseason poll with 60. No. 16 Oklahoma is ranked again, but had a streak of preseason top-10 rankings snapped at 12 years.
4) START TO FINISH. The preseason rankings started in 1950, and since then only 10 teams have started No. 1 and won the national championship. The list: Tennessee in 1951; Michigan State in 1952; Oklahoma in 1967, '74, '75 and '85; Alabama in 1978; Florida State in 1993 and '99; and USC in 2004. The Seminoles in 1999 and Trojans on '04 are the only teams to go wire-to-wire as No. 1 from preseason to final poll.
5) IT'S BEEN A WHILE. Coming off a 10-3 season and its first bowl victory since 1949, No. 22 Northwestern is ranked in the preseason for the first time since 2001. UCLA is back in the preseason rankings for the first time since 2007, which was also the last time Alabama wasn't ranked in the preseason poll.