AP Releases Annual College Football Preseason Poll: Alabama Lands At No. 1; Ohio State, Georgia, Texas A&M Also In Top 10

 @AndrewBerry1
on August 17 2013 6:15 PM
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Head coach Nick Saban has guided Alabama to three national championships over the last four years. Reuters

It’s that time of year again. The Associated Press has unveiled its annual preseason AP Top 25 Poll results, ranking the top college-football teams expected to be competing for the national championship.

Alabama tops the preseason college-football poll. The Crimson Tide is coming off a 13-1 season in which it captured its third national title in four years. Ohio State is the runner-up, after ranking 18th in the preseason poll last year. The Southeastern Conference is making a typically strong showing this year with six SEC teams ranked in the top 25, including Alabama, Georgia at No. 5, South Carolina at No. 6, Texas A&M at No. 7, Florida at No. 10 and LSU at No. 12.

The Big Ten Conference is also well-represented in AP preseason poll this year. In addition to Ohio State, Michigan is No. 17, Nebraska is No. 18, Northwestern is No. 22 and Wisconsin is No. 23.

In the Pacific-12 Conference, Oregon and Stanford are each in the top five, with UCLA, USC and Oregon State also making the top 25.

Meanwhile, for the first time since the preseason poll’s inception in 1934, the Big 12 Conference does not have a team in the top 10, according to ESPN. Oklahoma State is the highest-ranked Big 12 team at No. 13, followed by Texas at No. 15, Oklahoma at No. 16 and TCU at No. 20.

See the full AP preseason college-football poll ranking below:

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Oregon

4. Stanford

5. Georgia

6. South Carolina

7. Texas A&M

8. Clemson

9. Louisville

10. Florida

11. Florida State

12. LSU

13. Oklahoma State

14. Notre Dame

15. Texas

16. Oklahoma

17. Michigan

18. Nebraska

19. Boise State

20. TCU

21. UCLA

22. Northwestern

23. Wisconsin

24. USC

25. Oregon State

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