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Football.com Preseason Power Dozen: Bama, Ohio State 1-2

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How original: Football.com ranks Alabama and Ohio State first and second in our inaugural preseason poll. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.
How original: Football.com ranks Alabama and Ohio State first and second in our inaugural preseason poll. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

Welcome to the inaugural Football.com Power Dozen!

Below you will find our rankings. Based on Football.com scores, there's a clear-cut Top 5 (Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford, Oregon and Georgia) before a gap back to No. 6 Clemson.

Methodology: First-place votes equate to zero points. Voters rank their Top 13 to help differentiate marginal teams. Teams ranked 2-13 get a point total equivalent to their rank. If a team is not ranked in a person's Top 13, they are automatically assigned 15 points. The lowest aggregate score is ranked No. 1, second-lowest No. 2 and so forth.

Rank Team Record Score Margin Next Last Prev. Rank
1 Alabama 0 vs. Virginia Tech*
2 Ohio State 38 +38 vs. Buffalo
3 Stanford 57 +57 vs. San Jose State (Sept. 7)
4 Oregon 69 +69 vs. Nicholls State
5 Georgia 70 +70 at No. 6 Clemson
6 Clemson 114 +114 vs. No. 5 Georgia
7 South Carolina 117 +117 vs. North Carolina (Thursday)
7 Louisville 117 +117 vs. Ohio (Sunday)
9 Texas A&M 133 +133 vs. Rice
10 LSU 152 +152 vs. TCU*
11 Florida State 166 +166 at Pittsburgh
12 Florida 171 +171 vs. Toledo

Less Than Max Score Of 225: Notre Dame (197), Texas (206), Oklahoma State (207) Oklahoma (215), Michigan (221)

*Game played at a neutral location

Power Dozen Scuttlebutt

Rank Team Buzz
1 Alabama Virginia Tech hasn't been this big of an underdog since 1992.
2 Ohio State The Buckeyes should run the nation's best win streak to 15 games.
3 Stanford The Cardinal have one of the toughest schedules, but get to rest Week 1.
4 Oregon The Helfrich era begins with a gimme.
5 Georgia The Bulldogs' new defense gets broken in -- or broken? -- by Clemson.
6 Clemson Can the Tigers outscore one of the nation's best offenses?
7 South Carolina Gamecocks don't have it easy early against UNC QB Bryn Renner.
7 Louisville Cardinal need to hammer lower opponents, unlike last year.
9 Texas A&M Johnny Manziel finally gets back on the field ... we think?
10 LSU The Tigers may catch a break facing TCU QB Casey Pachall early.
11 Florida State Jameis Winston officially assumes the huddle from EJ Manuel.
12 Florida Gators should measure passing offense before game gets out of hand.

Comparing Preseason Rankings

Team Football.com AP Coaches SI Phil Steele
Alabama 1 1 1 1 1
Ohio State 2 2 2 4 2
Stanford 3 4 4 2 11
Oregon 4 3 3 5 5
Georgia 5 5 5 12 9
Clemson 6 8 8 10 15
South Carolina 7 6 7 6 14
Louisville 7 9 9 7 7
Texas A&M 9 7 6 3 13
LSU 10 12 13 14 17
Florida State 11 11 12 13 3
Florida 12 10 10 9 18

Football.com Range

Alabama was a unanimous No. 1. Only one voter placed Ohio State lower than No. 3. Texas A&M (2/unranked) and Clemson (4/unranked) seemed to give voters the most trouble.

Team High Low
Alabama 1 1
Ohio State 2 4
Stanford 2 7
Oregon 2 10
Georgia 4 9
Clemson 4
South Carolina 6 13
Louisville 3 12
Texas A&M 2
LSU 6 13
Florida State 8
Florida 8

Voters: Christopher Smith, David Seigerman, Steve Barnes, John Jackson, Joe Jenkins, Joe Coughlin, Dan Harralson, Ken Pomponio, Budd McLaughlin, Veair Green, Chris Wuensch, Bill Gellman, Chris Stephens, Henry McKenna and Eric Russell.