Alabama Starts Atop AP Poll For 2nd Straight Year

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) – Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and third time in five years.

181476825 Alabama Starts Atop AP Poll For 2nd Straight Year

Head coach Nick Saban (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Crimson Tide, coming off a last-second loss in the national championship game that left it No. 2 to Clemson in the final Top 25 of 2016, received 52 from a panel of 61 media members.

Ohio State was No. 2, edging out No. 3 Florida State and preventing the first 1 vs 2 opening game since the AP preseason poll began in 1950. Alabama opens the season against the Seminoles in

Atlanta on Sept. 2, just the fourth opener involving top-five teams and the first pitting teams ranked in the top three.

Southern California starts the season at No. 4. Defending national champion Clemson begins the post-Deshaun Watson era at No. 5.

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