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

By Chip Patterson | College Writer

With three BCS titles in the past four years, it comes as no surprise to see Alabama 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 and Texas A&M 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 and Stanford come in at No. 3 and No. 4. Georgia, 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
1Alabama13-11545581
2Ohio State12-014273NR
3Oregon12-1139702
4Stanford12-2126206
5Georgia12-2125004
6Texas A&M11-2121515
7South Carolina11-2113607
8Clemson11-2104709
9Louisville11-21010013
10Florida11-2930010
11Notre Dame12-187203
12Florida State12-284408
13LSU10-3797012
14Oklahoma State8-57260NR
15Texas9-4622018
16Oklahoma10-3620015
17Michigan8-55890NR
18Nebraska10-4426023
19Boise State11-2420014
20TCU7-64000NR
21UCLA9-52020NR
22Northwestern10-3186016
23Wisconsin8-61720NR
24USC7-61650NR
25Oregon State9-4135019
 
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