Alabama secures top spot in AP college football poll
When it comes to college football, Alabama is on top again ahead of the 2017 season.
The Associated Press has ranked the Crimson Tide No. 1 in its preseason poll. The team won the majority of the votes for first place -- 52 out of 61 -- totaling a whopping 1,513 points.
However, even after winning four titles in the last eight years, it’s likely retaining their top billing won’t be easy after enduring a last-second loss to Clemson in the national championship last year.
Alabama has been ranked No. 1 at the beginning of a season four times with coach Nick Saban at the helm, but he has yet to win them a championship the same year the team received the AP's top preseason ranking.
They'll receive a tough test out of the gates this season when they face off against No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta on Sept. 2.
Ohio State received the No. 2 ranking, narrowly preventing the first opening game between the AP's two top-ranked teams since the preseason poll began in 1950. Still, the Alabama-Florida State opener will be the first between two teams in the top three.
Southern California starts the season at No. 4 led by Heisman Trophy favorite Sam Darnold. Clemson begins their national title defense at No. 5, having lost quarterback and title game MVP Deshaun Watson to the NFL.
The complete top 25 is as follows:
2. Ohio State
3. Florida State
6. Penn State
10. Oklahoma State
18. Miami (Fla.)
19. South Florida
20. Kansas State
21. Virginia Tech
22. West Virginia
24. Washington State