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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after the College Football Playoff National Championship 44-16 win over Alabama on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.

CLEMSON — For the first time in school history, the Clemson Tigers will enter the 2019 football season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll, which was released Monday.

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It represents Clemson's second No. 1 selection among major polls this preseason, matching its ranking atop the 2019 preseason Coaches Poll.

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Prior to Clemson's No. 1 ranking this preseason, the program's previous high had been second, the preseason rank held by both the 2016 and 2018 squads that would each go on to earn the national championship. Clemson's preseason ranking this year marks the sixth top 5 preseason ranking in the AP poll in school history, including 1984 (No. 4), 1988 (4), 2016 (2), 2017 (5) and 2018 (2).

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Clemson has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 in the preseason in eight consecutive years, matching the longest such stretch in school history. The Tigers garnered a top 25 preseason ranking from the AP in eight consecutive years under three different head coaches across the 1987-94 seasons.

Under head coach Dabo Swinney, Clemson has met or exceeded its preseason ranking in the final AP poll in each of the last eight seasons. Swinney's eight-year streak is the longest by a coach in college football history. The only time in the last eight years that Clemson did not exceed its preseason AP ranking was 2013, when the Tigers both opened and concluded the year at No. 8.

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Here are the 2019 AP preseason rankings

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2018 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and 2018 final ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Clemson (52) 15-0 1540 1

2. Alabama (10) 14-1 1496 2

3. Georgia 11-3 1403 7

4. Oklahoma 12-2 1331 4

5. Ohio St. 13-1 1261 3

6. LSU 10-3 1199 6

7. Michigan 10-3 1164 14

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8. Florida 10-3 1054 7

9. Notre Dame 12-1 1044 5

10. Texas 10-4 1005 9

11. Oregon 9-4 860 -

12. Texas A&M 9-4 852 16

13. Washington 10-4 786 13

14. Utah 9-5 772 -

15. Penn St. 9-4 651 17

16. Auburn 8-5 578 -

17. UCF 12-1 410 11

18. Michigan St. 7-6 377 -

19. Wisconsin 8-5 370 -

20. Iowa 9-4 330 25

21. Iowa St. 8-5 302 -

22. Syracuse 10-3 209 15

23. Washington St. 11-2 200 10

24. Nebraska 4-8 154 -

25. Stanford 9-4 141 -

Others receiving votes: Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi St. 87, Miami 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise St. 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno St. 8, Utah St. 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian St. 5, UAB 3, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma St. 3, Arizona St. 3, Arizona 1, Southern Cal 1

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