AP Top 25 Poll released: Defending champion Alabama at No. 1

The Associated Press released the preseason Top 25 for the 2013 season on Saturday, and it featured, to no one's surprise, the Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 1. 

If you think the AP poll looks similar to the Coaches Poll, released earlier this month, you are absolutely correct. The AP Top 25 has the exact same 25 teams, and all but six are ranked at the exact same position. 

Questions regarding the eligibility of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has not shaken the AP voters, as the Aggies land at No. 7, just one spot below their ranking in the Coaches Poll -- released Aug. 1. ESPN's first report regarding allegations that Johnny Manziel accepted money in exchange for autographs and signed memorabilia was released Aug. 4.

Check out the full AP Top 25 below, with comparisons to the Coaches Poll and CBSSports.com 126 (a composite of ballots from our CBSSports.com college football experts).

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2012 Record: 13-1

Coaches Poll: 1 

CBSSports.com Ranking: 1

First Game: vs. Virginia Tech

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

2012 Record: 12-0

Coaches Poll: 2 

CBSSports.com Ranking: 2

First Game: Buffalo

3. Oregon Ducks

2012 Record: 12-1

Coaches Poll: 3

CBSSports.com Ranking: 4

First Game: Nicholls State

4. Stanford Cardinal

2012 Record: 12-2

Coaches Poll: 4

CBSSports.com Ranking: 3

First Game: San Jose State

5. Georgia Bulldogs

2012 Record: 12-2

Coaches Poll: 5

CBSSports.com Ranking: 5

First Game: at Clemson

6. South Carolina Gamecocks  

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 7

CBSSports.com Ranking: T-7

First Game: North Carolina

7.  Texas A&M Aggies

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 6

CBSSports.com Ranking: T-7

First Game: Rice

8. Clemson Tigers

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 8

CBSSports.com Ranking: 6

First Game: Georgia

9. Louisville Cardinals

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 9

CBSSports.com Ranking: 9

First Game: Ohio

10. Florida Gators

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 10

CBSSports.com Ranking: 10

First Game: Toledo

11. Florida State Seminoles

2012 Record: 12-2

Coaches Poll: 12

CBSSports.com Ranking: 11

First Game: at Pittsburgh

12. LSU Tigers

2012 Record: 10-3

Coaches Poll: 13

CBSSports.com Ranking: 12

First Game: vs. TCU

13. Oklahoma State Cowboys

2012 Record: 8-5

Coaches Poll: 14

CBSSports.com Ranking: 13

First Game: vs. Mississippi State

14. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

2012 Record: 12-1

Coaches Poll: 11

CBSSports.com Ranking: 16

First Game: Temple

15. Texas Longhorns

2012 Record: 9-4

Coaches Poll: 15

CBSSports.com Ranking: 14

First Game: New Mexico State

16. Oklahoma Sooners

2012 Record: 10-3

Coaches Poll: 16

CBSSports.com Ranking: 15

First Game: Louisiana-Monroe

17. Michigan Wolverines  

2012 Record: 8-5

Coaches Poll: 17

CBSSports.com Ranking: 17

First Game: Central Michigan

18. Nebraska Cornhuskers

2012 Record: 10-4

Coaches Poll: 18

CBSSports.com Ranking: 18

First Game: Wyoming

19. Boise State Broncos

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 19

CBSSports.com Ranking: 21

First Game: at Washington

20. TCU Horned Frogs

2012 Record: 7-6

Coaches Poll: 20

CBSSports.com Ranking: 20

First Game: vs. LSU

21. UCLA Bruins

2012 Record: 9-5

Coaches Poll: 21

CBSSports.com Ranking: 22

First Game: Nevada

22. Northwestern Wildcats

2012 Record: 10-3

Coaches Poll: 22

CBSSports.com Ranking: 27

First Game: at Cal

23. Wisconsin Badgers

2012 Record: 8-6

Coaches Poll: 23

CBSSports.com Ranking: 31 

First Game: UMass

24. Southern California Trojans

2012 Record: 7-6

Coaches Poll: 24

CBSSports.com Ranking: 24

First Game: at Hawaii

25. Oregon State Beavers

2012 Record: 9-4

Coaches Poll: 25

CBSSports.com Ranking: 28

First Game: Eastern Washington

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