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The preseason AP Top 25 is out

In what is most certainly the least shocking news you'll read all weekend, two-time defending national champion Alabama is a clear-cut No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll with 58 of a possible 60 first-place votes. This marks the sixth straight season, starting in 2008, where Alabama has spent at least one week atop the AP rankings, making Nick Saban the first head coach to reach such a streak. Since 2010, the Tide has started the year ranked first, second, second and now first again. 

This is the fourth time Alabama has started a season ranked No. 1 by the AP. The Crimson Tide has previously gone 1-for-3 in bookending seasons with No. 1 rankings after starting and finishing atop the poll in 1978. Only 10 of the previous 63 (and three of the last 31) preseason AP No. 1's gone on to win a national championship, most recently with USC in 2004. 

Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia rounded out the top five. The SEC led all conferences with six teams, followed by the Big Ten and Pac-12 with five apiece, then the Big 12 with four, the ACC with two and finally the American and Mountain West with one representative each. Notre Dame was the lone independent.

1. Alabama - (58 first-place votes) 1,498 total points
2. Ohio State - (1) 1,365
3. Oregon - 1,335
4. Stanford - 1,294
5. Georgia - (1) 1,249
6. South Carolina - 1,154
7. Texas A&M - 1,104
8. Clemson - 1,083
9. Louisville - 1,042
10. Florida - 894
11. Florida State - 845
12. LSU - 802
13. Oklahoma State - 755
14. Notre Dame - 748
15. Texas - 677
16. Oklahoma - 579
17. Michigan - 531
18. Nebraska - 382
19. Boise State - 328
20. TCU - 323
21. UCLA - 286
22. Northwestern - 199
23. Wisconsin - 185
24. USC - 134
25. Oregon State - 129

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