With less than two weeks remaining until a showdown between Florida State and Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, it can officially be stated: This is the best opening-weekend game in college football history. The Clemson Tigers, who beat Alabama in last year's title game behind since-departed star quarterback Deshaun Watson, will open the campaign ranked fifth nationally. Not only is it the first taste of football since January for college fans, but it's also a time to talk about the contenders, and pretenders, for the 2017 season.
The Bulldogs are the highest ranked SEC East team, two spots ahead of No. 17 Florida. Other SEC teams in the Poll are Auburn at 12, LSU at 13, Georgia at 15 and Florida 17th. Oklahoma 8. Washington 9.