The 2019 preseason college football Associated Press [AP] poll was released on Monday and for the first time in the history of the poll, Clemson is preseason ranked No. 1 in the county as voted on by a panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country.

The poll marked just the second time in the Championship Game era (since 1998) that a Power five conference had just one team ranked in the preseason top 20. The only other time was in 2002 when Florida State was ranked third and the only ACC team ranked in the preseason, according to Chris “The Bear” Fallica of ESPN’s College Gameday.

The defending National Champions look to pick up right where they concluded the 2018 season bringing in 1,540 points and 52 first-place votes ahead of last season’s runner-up, Alabama.

The Crimson Tide took second place with 1,496 points and just 10 first-place votes in the preseason poll released Monday morning. Rounding out the top ten: (3) Georgia, (4) Oklahoma, (5) Ohio State, (6) LSU, (7) Michigan, (8) Florida, (9) Notre Dame and (10) Texas. (12) Texas A&M and (15) Auburn help round out a stout preseason poll for the SEC.

Tennessee was one of five SEC schools, which didn’t garner a single vote in the annual preseason poll including Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The Vols hope to take a step forward this season under second-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

The college football season officially gets underway this weekend as the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes meet up Saturday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. for a 7 p.m. EST kickoff. That contest will be followed by Hawaii and Arizona at 10:30 p.m. EST from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The AP poll in its entirety can be found below:

1     Clemson (52)     - 1540     

2     Alabama (10)     - 1496     

3     Georgia     - 1403     

4     Oklahoma     - 1331     

5     Ohio State     - 1261     

6     LSU         -1199     

7     Michigan     - 1164     

8     Florida          -1054     

9     Notre Dame     - 1044     

10     Texas          -1005     

11     Oregon         -860     

12     Texas A&M     - 852     

13     Washington     - 786     

14     Utah         -772     

15     Penn State     - 651     

16     Auburn      -578     

17     UCF         -410     

18     Michigan State     - 377     

19     Wisconsin     - 370     

20     Iowa          -330     

21     Iowa State     - 302     

22     Syracuse     - 209     

23     Washington State -200     

24     Nebraska     - 154     

25     Stanford     - 141     

Others Receiving Votes: Missouri 117; Army 94; Mississippi State 97; Miami 70; Northwestern 63; TCU 57; Virginia 44; Boise State 38; Cincinnati 16; South Carolina 15; Virginia Tech 12; Fresno State 8; Utah State 8; Minnesota 7; Memphis 6; Appalachian State 5; West Virginia 3; Oklahoma State 3; Arizona State 3; Arizona 1; Southern California 1.