Alabama is again Number 1 in the Preseason Poll but big 10 has more teams in top 10
with 4 teams. This is no surprise after a stellar season in which they were ranked
number on and remained number all season going undefeated and losing only in the
championship game against Clemson whom was coach by an Alabama Grad and
former national champion Dabo Swiney.
Time to stop talking about college football and actually start watching it is now less than
a month away. But in the meantime, talking will have to do, and the preseason Amway
Coaches Poll is always a good place to initiate discussion — or arguments, but we prefer
to keep matters polite.
Alabama will enter the campaign with the No. 1 ranking, just as it did a year ago. The
Crimson Tide were picked first by 49 of the 65 coaches on this year’s panel. Alabama
has been ranked in the top five in every preseason poll since 2009.
There is, however, some bad news associated with that lofty status for Alabama fans.
The Tide have been ranked first by the coaches three previous times since 1991, but none
of those seasons, including last year, resulted in No. 1 finishes. Alabama did not open the
campaign atop the poll in any of the four championship years of the Nick Saban era.
The Southeastern Conference leads the power leagues with six ranked teams. Only the
Crimson Tide, however, will start in the top 10. No. 12 LSU is the next highest rated
SEC squad. It’s the first time the conference has placed only one team in the top 10
of the preseason coaches poll since 1991. The Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference
will begin with five teams in Top 25 apiece.
The Big Ten has four teams in the poll, all in the top 10. In addition to the Buckeyes,
Penn State opens at No. 6, followed by No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Wisconsin.
The Pac-12 has four in the poll, led by USC and No. 7 Washington. No. 22 South
Florida of the American Athletic Conference is the lone ranked representative of the
Group of Five leagues.
Notable by its absence from the poll is Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, coming off a
disappointing 4-8 season, received the fourth most points among others receiving
votes but will open the campaign outside the Top 25 for the first time since 2010
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