For just the third time in the past 25 years, the Alabama Crimson Tide will open the season as the No. 1 team in the Amway Coaches Poll.

The first preseason college football poll of 2016 was released on Thursday morning and Nick Saban's team will pick up where it left off in January. The Crimson Tide has reached that top spot 46 total times since 1991.

Clemson, last year's runner-up in the College Football Playoff, will start the year off at No. 2 with Oklahoma, Florida State, and Ohio State rounding out the top five.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with six teams in the top 25. LSU is the second-highest ranked SEC team at No. 6. Tennessee, which was picked to win the SEC East by the media last month, holds a top-10 ranking for the first time since December of 2006.

Here's a look at the entire 2016 preseason Amway Coaches Poll. 

  1. Alabama (55)
  2. Clemson (7)
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Florida State (1)
  5. Ohio State
  6. LSU
  7. Stanford
  8. Michigan
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Tennessee (1)
  11. Michigan State
  12. Mississippi
  13. Houston
  14. TCU
  15. Iowa
  16. Georgia
  17. Southern Cal
  18. Washington
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. North Carolina
  21. Baylor
  22. Oregon
  23. Louisville
  24. UCLA
  25. Florida

Alabama will open its season against 17th-ranked USC at the Advocare Classic in Arlington on September 3.

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