Countdown to college football: 8 days

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With just eight days until the first full week of college football, we remember Alabama's eight wins over AP Top 25 opponents en route to the College Football Playoff championship last season. The eight wins over ranked opponents tied the 2011 LSU Tigers for the most in poll history, but the Tigers didn't win the national title that season.

The Crimson Tide opened last season with a 35-17 win over No. 20 Wisconsin. Two weeks later, the Tide's national title hopes took a big hit with a 43-37 loss to No. 15 Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa. The following week, Alabama fell to No. 12 in the AP Poll.

Alabama didn't look back after the loss, marching forward with regular-season wins over No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 2 LSU and No. 17 Mississippi State. Then the Tide defeated No. 18 Florida 29-15 in the SEC championship game, embarrassed No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 in the CFP semifinal and held off No. 1 Clemson 45-40 in the national championship game.

Alabama has just four 2016 opponents ranked in the preseason AP Poll, but the Tide will be tested right out of the gate when they meet No. 20 USC on Sept. 3 at AT&T Stadium.

In case you missed any part of our countdown:

9 days: Nick Saban is 9-0 against his former assistant coaches

10 days: Temple's 10 sacks in win over Penn State last season

11 days: Navy won a school-record 11 games last season

12 days: Alabama has won 12 straight games, the longest active FBS streak.

13 days: Lucky number 13 for a trio of teams last season.

14 days: Boise State has played in 14 straight bowl games.

15 days: Kansas has lost 15 straight games, the longest active FBS streak.

16 days: Peyton Manning wore No. 16 for Tennessee.

17 days: TCU QBs completed 17 of 17 passes in a game in 2012, an FBS record.

18 days: Ohio State has won an FBS-best 18 consecutive road games.

19 days: There are 19 head coaches at their alma mater this season.

20 days: It has been 20 years since Florida won its first national championship.

21 days: Oklahoma led the nation in average scoring margin (21.5) last season.

22 days: Ohio State has been in the top 10 of the AP poll for 22 straight weeks.

23 days: Virginia Tech has played in an FBS-best 23 straight bowl games.

24 days: In the first game of the historic rivalry, Navy beat Army 24-0.

25 days: Michigan's Desmond Howard won the Heisman 25 years ago.

26 days: Arkansas State led the nation with 26 interceptions in 2015.

27 days: Clemson's Greg Huegel led the nation with 27 field goals in 2015.

28 days: Adrian Peterson wore No. 28 for Oklahoma.

29 days: Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium opened in 1929.

30 days: Miami's Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman 30 years ago.