Tide Atop AP Poll

NEW YORK (AP) - Alabama starts this season where it ended last season - No. 1.
Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are the top team in The Associated Press preseason poll for the first time since 1978.

Alabama received 54 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel
and 1,491 points to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State in the poll
released Saturday.

The Buckeyes, who have been ranked no lower than 11th in the
last eight preseason polls, received three first-place votes.
Boise State is No. 3, its best preseason ranking following
another undefeated season. Underdogs no more, the Broncos even
received one first-place vote.
Florida, Alabama's Southeastern Conference rival, is No. 4. No.
5 Texas received a first-place vote.