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Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas landed a commitment from ESPN 300 offensive lineman Rafit Ghirmai on Monday. The commitment gives the Longhorns 15 ESPN 300 commitments, which is the most of any program.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State named a record nine captains for the 2017 season. Among the list of players is quarterback J.T. Barrett, who is the first three-time captain for the Buckeyes. The group was voted on by their teammates and features five defensive players and four on offense. Paris Campbell, Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, Terry McLaurin, Billy Price, Tracy Sprinkle and Chris Worley are the other eight players named as captains.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Georgia has been ranked in the preseason poll each of the last 16 years, last missing in 2001. In 12 of those 16 years, the Bulldogs have been ranked between 8th and 23rd, and in nine of those years, they were ranked between 11th and 19th. Georgia starts the 2017 season at No. 15.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida is 17th to begin the season. This is just the second time in the last seven years the Gators have been ranked better than 22nd in the preseason (2013 - 10th). The Gators won just four games that season

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Each of Auburn's last two Top-10 final rankings have come when the Tigers have been unranked in the preseason (2013) and in 2010 when they were ranked 22nd in the preseason. Auburn starts the 2016 season ranked 12th.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama is the only SEC team ranked in the preseason Top 10. It's the first time since 2003 that the SEC has had just one team in the preseason Top 10. That year, LSU won the BCS Title with a preseason ranking of 14. LSU is 13th in preseason poll this year, while Auburn, Georgia and Florida are 12th, 15th and 17th, respectively.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the first time since 2012 that USC is ranked in the preseason Top 5. That year, USC was preseason No. 1 and finished the year unranked. The last three times USC was ranked in the preseason Top 10, the Trojans have disappointed, losing at least four games all three times and finishing unranked in two of them. The hype train had not been kind to the Trojans

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama also received 52 of 61 1st-place votes. In the last 40 years, nine teams have received 50 1st place votes in the preseason poll. None of won the national title.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN Stats & Info dropping knowledge today: Alabama is preseason No. 1 for the 6th time (4th time under Nick Saban.) Each of the previous three times the Tide were preseason No. 1 under Saban, they did not win the national championship. Alabama has been in the preseason Top 5 each of the last nine years. That is the longest such streak in school history. The Tide have been in the preseason Top 3 eight straight years.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC came in at No. 4 in the preseason AP poll, which is one spot down from where the Trojans finished last season. The Trojans have started in the top-10 three times dating back to 2009 and failed to meet expectations each time. They finished the season unranked after starting No. 1 in 2012 and No. 8 in 2015 and at No. 22 following a No. 4 preseason ranking in 2009.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State is ranked No. 24 in the preseason AP poll, which marks just the third time in school history the Cougars have been a top-25 team in the poll's preseason edition. The last time they were ranked was in 2002 (No. 11) and before that in 1952 (No. 15).

ESPN Stats and Information  

Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the AP Preseason poll for the sixth time overall and fourth time under Nick Saban. It's the tenth straight season Alabama has reached No. 1 in the poll, three seasons more than the next longest streak (Miami - 1986-92). Alabama opens their season against No. 3 Florida State. It's the fourth time an AP preseason No. 1 will open against a top five opponent. The previous three No. 1s all won their games.