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Alabama once again tops the AP preseason Top 25

For the fourth time in the Nick Saban era, Alabama is the No. 1 team in the preseason Top 25.

The Tide, who also topped the preseason Coaches' Poll, are the preseason No. 1 for the second year in a row. It's worth noting that the preseason No. 1 ranking has historically served as an albatross for Saban's Tide teams; Alabama failed to win the national championship in each of the previous three seasons they started at No. 1. The No. 1 ranking extends Alabama's record streak to 10 straight seasons with at least one week as the AP No. 1 team.

Year

AP Preseason No. 1

Postseason Finish

AP National Champion

Preseason Rank

2009

Florida

3rd

Alabama

5th

2010

Alabama

10th

Auburn

22nd

2011

Oklahoma

16th

Alabama

2nd

2012

USC

NR

Alabama

2nd

2013

Alabama

7th

Florida State

11th

2014

Florida State

5th

Ohio State

5th

2015

Ohio State

4th

Alabama

3rd

2016

Alabama

2nd

Clemson

2nd

The full poll:

  1. Alabama -- 1,513 total points (52 first-place votes)
  2. Ohio State -- 1,414 (3)
  3. Florida State -- 1,396 (4)
  4. USC -- 1,325 (2)
  5. Clemson -- 1,201
  6. Penn State -- 1,196
  7. Oklahoma -- 1,170
  8. Washington -- 1,150
  9. Wisconsin -- 926
  10. Oklahoma State -- 889
  11. Michigan -- 881
  12. Auburn -- 880
  13. LSU -- 784
  14. Stanford -- 695
  15. Georgia -- 690
  16. Louisville -- 629
  17. Florida -- 624
  18. Miami -- 492
  19. South Florida -- 327
  20. Kansas State -- 317
  21. Virginia Tech -- 240
  22. West Virginia -- 207
  23. Texas -- 173
  24. Washington State -- 133
  25. Tennessee -- 114