Alabama opens 2013 as No. 1 in coaches poll preseason Top 25

With three BCS titles in the past four years, it comes as no surprise to see Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll.

The Crimson Tide have a long season ahead before the discussion of a possible three-peat as national champions, but the path has been set with a preseason No. 1 ranking in the coaches poll. Alabama received 58 of 62 first-place votes with Ohio State Buckeyes and Texas A&M Aggies receiving the others. 

Ohio State, coming off a 12-0 season in which they were ineligible to compete in a bowl due to NCAA sanctions, starts the season No. 2. Pac-12 North rivals Oregon Ducks and Stanford Cardinal come in at No. 3 and No. 4. Georgia Bulldogs , the SEC runner-up by five yards a year ago, rounds out the top five.

Check out the full Top 25 below.

RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTSFIRST PLACE VOTESPREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama 13-1 1545 58 1
2 Ohio State 12-0 1427 3 NR
3 Oregon 12-1 1397 0 2
4 Stanford 12-2 1262 0 6
5 Georgia 12-2 1250 0 4
6 Texas A&M 11-2 1215 1 5
7 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-2 1136 0 7
8 Clemson Tigers 11-2 1047 0 9
9 Louisville Cardinals 11-2 1010 0 13
10 Florida Gators 11-2 930 0 10
11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 12-1 872 0 3
12 Florida State Seminoles 12-2 844 0 8
13 LSU Tigers 10-3 797 0 12
14 Oklahoma State Cowboys 8-5 726 0 NR
15 Texas 9-4 622 0 18
16 Oklahoma 10-3 620 0 15
17 Michigan Wolverines 8-5 589 0 NR
18 Nebraska Cornhuskers 10-4 426 0 23
19 Boise State 11-2 420 0 14
20 TCU Horned Frogs 7-6 400 0 NR
21 UCLA Bruins 9-5 202 0 NR
22 Northwestern Wildcats 10-3 186 0 16
23 Wisconsin Badgers 8-6 172 0 NR
24 USC 7-6 165 0 NR
25 Oregon State 9-4 135 0 19
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