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Preseason college football rankings: Stanford starts at No. 8 in AP Poll

Stanford ranks higher than all of their opponents on their schedule

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The first Associated Press poll of the season is out and Stanford comes in at number 8. Several Stanford opponents also found themselves in the top 25 providing further evidence that the Cardinal has a brutal 2016 schedule. Notre Dame came in ranked at 10th, Washington 14, UCLA 16, USC 20, and Oregon 24th.

It is important to remember that the AP poll officially has no bearing on which teams make the playoffs. Furthermore, a preseason poll is largely meaningless because no one has played a single down of football yet. The preseason polls, however, do have an impact future polls once the season starts and for better or worse tend to help shape the national narrative surrounding teams. You can see the full results below. Stanford football returns to action Friday September 2nd 6pm pacific time hosting the Kansas State Wildcats on FS1.

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Oklahoma
4. Florida State
5. LSU
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan
8. Stanford
9. Tennessee
10. Notre Dame
11. Ole Miss
12. Michigan State
13. TCU
14. Washington
15. Houston
16. UCLA
17. Iowa
18. Georgia
19. Louisville
20. USC
21. Oklahoma State
22. North Carolina
23. Baylor
24. Oregon
25. Florida

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