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

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

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

2012 Record: 13-1

Coaches Poll: 1

CBSSports.com Ranking: 1

First Game: vs. Virginia Tech

2. Ohio State

2012 Record: 12-0

Coaches Poll: 2

CBSSports.com Ranking: 2

First Game: Buffalo

3. Oregon

2012 Record: 12-1

Coaches Poll: 3

CBSSports.com Ranking: 4

First Game: Nicholls State

4. Stanford

2012 Record: 12-2

Coaches Poll: 4

CBSSports.com Ranking: 3

First Game: San Jose State

5. Georgia

2012 Record: 12-2

Coaches Poll: 5

CBSSports.com Ranking: 5

First Game: at Clemson

6. South Carolina

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 7

CBSSports.com Ranking: T-7

First Game: North Carolina

7. Texas A&M

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 6

CBSSports.com Ranking: T-7

First Game: Rice

8. Clemson

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 8

CBSSports.com Ranking: 6

First Game: Georgia

9. Louisville

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 9

CBSSports.com Ranking: 9

First Game: Ohio

10. Florida

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 10

CBSSports.com Ranking: 10

First Game: Toledo

11. Florida State

2012 Record: 12-2

Coaches Poll: 12

CBSSports.com Ranking: 11

First Game: at Pittsburgh

12. LSU

2012 Record: 10-3

Coaches Poll: 13

CBSSports.com Ranking: 12

First Game: vs. TCU

13. Oklahoma State

2012 Record: 8-5

Coaches Poll: 14

CBSSports.com Ranking: 13

First Game: vs. Mississippi State

14. Notre Dame

2012 Record: 12-1

Coaches Poll: 11

CBSSports.com Ranking: 16

First Game: Temple

15. Texas

2012 Record: 9-4

Coaches Poll: 15

CBSSports.com Ranking: 14

First Game: New Mexico State

16. Oklahoma

2012 Record: 10-3

Coaches Poll: 16

CBSSports.com Ranking: 15

First Game: Louisiana-Monroe

17. Michigan

2012 Record: 8-5

Coaches Poll: 17

CBSSports.com Ranking: 17

First Game: Central Michigan

18. Nebraska

2012 Record: 10-4

Coaches Poll: 18

CBSSports.com Ranking: 18

First Game: Wyoming

19. Boise State

2012 Record: 11-2

Coaches Poll: 19

CBSSports.com Ranking: 21

First Game: at Washington

20. TCU

2012 Record: 7-6

Coaches Poll: 20

CBSSports.com Ranking: 20

First Game: vs. LSU

21. UCLA

2012 Record: 9-5

Coaches Poll: 21

CBSSports.com Ranking: 22

First Game: Nevada

22. Northwestern

2012 Record: 10-3

Coaches Poll: 22

CBSSports.com Ranking: 27

First Game: at Cal

23. Wisconsin

2012 Record: 8-6

Coaches Poll: 23

CBSSports.com Ranking: 31

First Game: UMass

24. USC

2012 Record: 7-6

Coaches Poll: 24

CBSSports.com Ranking: 24

First Game: at Hawaii

25. Oregon State

2012 Record: 9-4

Coaches Poll: 25

CBSSports.com Ranking: 28

First Game: Eastern Washington

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