MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — Alabama is the No. 1 team in the College Football preseason poll released by the Associated Press on Monday.
The Crimson Tide, who were beaten in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, is expected to be a national powerhouse this coming season and collected 52 first-place votes for 1,513 points.
The early favorites also begin the new season as the top club in the Coaches Poll.
This marks the sixth time Alabama, which was also at No. 1 to begin the last term, is ranked at the top of the AP preseason rankings.
The SEC powerhouse was also the No. 1 team to start the season in the writers’ rankings in 1966, 1978, 2010 and 2013.
It’s also the 59th time the Nick Saban’s men have topped the AP poll since 2008.
Coming in at No. 2 in the poll is BIG TEN favorite Ohio State, which collected three No. 1 votes, while Florida State (4) and Southern California (2) rounded out the teams that received No. 1 votes.
Reigning national champion Clemson, graduating a number of key pieces from the 2016 championship winning team, rounded out the top five in fifth.
Penn State, at sixth, seventh ranked Oklahoma — starting a new chapter without long-serving head coach Bob Stoops, who stepped down as head coach of the Sooners — Washington, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State complete the top 10 teams in the rankings.
Making up the top 15 are Michigan, at No. 11, Auburn, LSU, Stanford and Georgia.
Coming in at No. 16 is Louisville and it is followed by Florida, Miami, USF and Kansas State in the top 20.
The last five are made up of Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Texas, Washington State and Tennessee.
2017 Associated Press College Football Preseason Top 25
1. Alabama, 2. Ohio State, 3. Florida State, 4. Southern California, 5. Clemson, 6. Penn State, 7. Oklahoma, 8. Washington, 9. Wisconsin, 10, Oklahoma State, 11. Michigan, 12. Auburn, 13. LSU, 14. Stanford, 15. Georgia, 6. Louisville, 17. Florida, 18. Miami, 19. USF, 20. Kansas State, 21. Virginia Tech, 22. West Virginia, 23. Texas, 24. Washington State, 25. Tennessee.
Others receiving votes: TCU 98, Utah 85, Notre Dame 65, Boise State 37, NC State 26, Northwestern 25, Pittsburgh 23, Oregon 21, Houston 19, Colorado 18, San Diego State 9, UCLA 9, BYU 5, Appalachian State 4, Nebraska 4, Tulsa 4, Kentucky 3, Texas A&M 3, Michigan State 1