The Washington Huskies now have a numeral before their name to start the 2017 football season.
That is the Huskies’ preseason ranking, based on the 61-media member Associated Press poll released Monday morning.
Alabama is No. 1, follwed by Ohio State at No. 2, and Florida State at No. 3.
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USC is the highest-ranked Pac-12 program, starting at No. 4.
Defending national champion Clemson is No. 5, followed by Penn State (No. 6) and Oklahoma (No. 7).
The AP ranking nearly mirrors the USA Today coaches poll. which had the Huskies seventh.
Based on voting points by the media, there is a clear top tier of eight teams: Alabama has 1,513 points at No. 1; UW has 1,150 at No. 8.
The ninth-ranked team — Wisconsin — has 926 points.
At the end of last season, the Huskies, who made it to the semifinals of the College Football Playoff, were ranked fourth.
They back Pac-12 offensive player of the year Jake Browning at quarterback, has nine returning starters on offense, and six returning starters on defense.
The UW debuted at 14th in the preseason AP rankings a season ago.
Washington State University also made the top 25 Monday, coming in at No. 24.