After finishing last season at No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 - their first Top 20 finish since 2002 - the Colorado Buffaloes are in familiar territory to start this year: unranked.

The preseason AP poll was released on Monday, with the Buffs 10th among the "others receiving votes," basically putting them No. 35.

Alabama took the No. 1 spot, with 52 of 61 first-place votes. Ohio State is at No. 2, Florida State at No. 3, USC at No. 4 and defending national champion Clemson at No. 5.

In addition to USC, Washington (No. 8), Stanford (No. 14) and Washington State (No. 24) are ranked from the Pac-12. Utah (No. 27), Oregon (No. 33) and UCLA (No. 37) were among the others receiving votes.

CU has not been ranked in the preseason polls since 2002.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.



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