Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll.

The defending national champion Buckeyes received all 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday.

TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State.

The Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff championship last season and are trying to become the 12th team to win consecutive AP titles since the poll began in 1936.

Preseason rankings date back to 1950. Since then no team had received more than 97 percent of the first-place votes in a preseason poll.

In 2013, Alabama, which had won two consecutive championships, received 58 of 60 first-place votes and defending champion Florida did the same in 2009. Neither finished the season No. 1.

The rest of this year’s preseason top 10 is Auburn, Oregon, Southern California, Georgia and Florida State.

Wisconsin, at No. 20, was the only other Big Ten team besides Ohio State and Michigan State to be ranked. The Gophers did not receive a top 25 vote.


• Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian apologized for his behavior and language at a team event on Saturday night. Sarkisian issued a written apology on the school’s official website the morning after the Salute to Troy, a reception held before each season for the football team, alumni and athletic program donors. Several people who attended the event took to Twitter afterward to say that the second-year Trojans coach appeared to be drunk while using profane language in praising his team. Sarkisian also apparently disparaged several of the Trojans’ Pac-12 rivals and ended his comments with a profane version of USC’s “Fight On” slogan.

•  Sophomore Ryan Finley will be the starting quarterback for No. 23 Boise State for its season opener against Washington, Broncos coach Bryan Harsin announced. Finley was in a four-way race for the job among Tommy Stuart, Alex Ogle and freshman Brett Rypien.