Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and third time in five years.

The Crimson Tide, coming off a last-second loss in the national championship game that left it No. 2 to Clemson in the final Top 25 of 2016, received 52 from a panel of 61 media members.

Ohio State was No. 2, edging out No. 3 Florida State and preventing the first 1 vs 2 opening game since the AP preseason poll began in 1950. Alabama opens the season against the Seminoles in Atlanta on Sept. 2, just the fourth opener involving top-five teams and the first pitting teams ranked in the top three.

Southern California starts the season at No. 4. Defending national champion Clemson begins the post-Deshaun Watson era at No. 5.

RecordPtsPrv
1. Alabama (52)14-115132
2. Ohio St. (3)11-214146
3. Florida St. (4)10-313968
4. Southern Cal (2)10-313253
5. Clemson14-112011
6. Penn St.11-311967
7. Oklahoma11-211705
8. Washington12-211504
9. Wisconsin11-39269
10. Oklahoma St.10-388911
11. Michigan10-388110
12. Auburn8-588024
13. LSU8-478413
14. Stanford10-369512
15. Georgia8-5690-
16. Louisville9-462921
17. Florida9-462414
18. Miami9-449220
19. South Florida11-232719
20. Kansas St.9-4317-
21. Virginia Tech10-424016
22. West Virginia10-320718
23. Texas5-7173-
24. Washington St.8-5133-
25. Tennessee9-411422

Others receiving votes: TCU 98, Utah 85, Notre Dame 65, Boise St. 37, NC State 26, Northwestern 25, Pittsburgh 23, Oregon 21, Houston 19, Colorado 18, UCLA 9, San Diego St. 9, BYU 5, BYU 4, Nebraska 4, Tulsa 4, Kentucky 3, Texas A&M 3, Michigan St. 1.

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