Go ahead and tell everyone within earshot right now.
The game we love is back.
The Associated Press on Monday revealed its preseason Top 25 college football rankings, an early look at who the media figures to be the nation’s best this fall. Clemson earned the top spot, followed by Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State to round out the Top 5.
Other perceived national championship contenders inside the Top 10 include LSU, Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas.
Alabama holds the record for the most all-time appearances at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 Poll (118) and is the only program to appear in every College Football Playoff since inception. The AP Top 25 Poll is not quite significant as it once was — voters used to single-handedly decide the national champion — and has lost a bit of its glamour since the Playoff rankings began with a selection committee determining the pecking order in 2014.
Still, the AP Poll, along with the Amway Coaches Poll, hold the spotlight week to week until the playoff rankings are revealed beginning in Week 10 of the regular season.
College football celebrates its 150-year anniversary this fall, kicking off Saturday night from Orlando when Florida meets Miami in a Sunshine State rivalry war. The Gators are coming off 10 wins during Dan Mullen’s first campaign and the Hurricanes are in a transition year under first-year head coach Manny Diaz.
Let the fireworks commence.
Here’s a look at this season’s preseason Top 25: