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Alabama AP Preseason No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) - Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two - No. 1.

Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as they try to become the first team to win three straight national titles.

Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.

The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.

Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.

1 Alabama (58) 0-0 1498
2 Ohio State (1) 0-0 1365
3 Oregon 0-0 1335
4 Stanford 0-0 1294
5 Georgia (1) 0-0 1249
6 South Carolina 0-0 1154
7 Texas A&M 0-0 1104
8 Clemson 0-0 1083
9 Louisville 0-0 1042
10 Florida 0-0 894
11 Florida State 0-0 845
12 LSU 0-0 802
13 Oklahoma State 0-0 755
14 Notre Dame 0-0 748
15 Texas 0-0 677
16 Oklahoma 0-0 579
17 Michigan 0-0 531
18 Nebraska 0-0 382
19 Boise State 0-0 328
20 TCU 0-0 323
21 UCLA 0-0 286
22 Northwestern 0-0 199
23 Wisconsin 0-0 185
24 USC 0-0 134
25 Oregon State 0-0 129
Others receiving votes: Michigan State 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami (FL) 85, Arizona State 53, Kansas State 43, Fresno State 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, Northern Illinois 16, Ole Miss 11, Utah State 8, Georgia Tech 6, Cincinnati 3, Arizona 3, North Carolina 3, Penn State 2, Brigham Young 1


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