JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Running back 2 of the University of Alabama is tackled by Letroy Guion #93 of the Florida State University September 29, 2007 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Preseason top 25 list guarantees one team falling from Playoff position after Week 1

This should make that Week 1 game even more fun.

Athlon Sports has released its preseason top 25 team rankings for this upcoming season and it guarantees that one team will fall out of the race —- at least for the next week —- as Alabama and Florida State play each other to start the season. Whoever loses the game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Chick-Fil-A  Kickoff is likely out of the top four schools and thus out of the College Football Playoffs, at least for the next couple weeks.

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Alabama and FSU have been in the top five and top ten at the very worst for all of the top 25 lists that have been released. So this one having both in the top four should make the matchup much more intriguing —- as if it needed a reason —- even though both teams are expected to compete for another national title this year. It's the first game between the two schools since 2007 and that game was vacated because of an academic scandal that took place under former coach Bobby Bowden.

Here are the full rankings:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Florida State
  4. Washington
  5. USC
  6. Penn State
  7. Clemson
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Auburn
  10. Michigan
  11. LSU
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Texas
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Georgia
  16. Florida
  17. Stanford
  18. Louisville
  19. Tennessee
  20. Notre Dame
  21. Oregon
  22. Kansas State
  23. Miami
  24. USF
  25. Virginia Tech