Posted August 17, 2013

AP Poll: Alabama, Ohio State headline first preseason rankings

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Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide were a nearly unanimous selection for the preseason No. 1 [John Blever/SI]

Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide were a nearly unanimous selection for the preseason No. 1 [John Blever/SI]

By Zac Ellis

Bring on more polls! The Associated Press unveiled its preseason college football poll on Saturday, the latest rankings released to unofficially signal the countdown to kickoff. The USA Today Coaches’ Poll and SI.com’s preseason top 25 were released earlier this month.

Alabama claimed the No. 1 spot in the preseason poll with 58 of the 60 possible first-place votes (No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Georgia split the other two). Oregon, Stanford and Georgia rounded out the top five.

The full AP poll is below, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Alabama (58)
2. Ohio State (1)
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Georgia (1)
6. South Carolina
7. Texas A&M
8. Clemson
9. Louisville
10. Florida
11. Florida State
12. LSU
13. Oklahoma State
14. Notre Dame
15. Texas
16. Oklahoma
17. Michigan
18. Nebraska
19. Boise State
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Northwestern
23. Wisconsin
24. USC
25. Oregon State

Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami 85, Arizona St. 53, Kansas St. 43, Fresno St. 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, N. Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah St. 8, Georgia Tech 6, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, North Carolina 3, Penn St. 2, BYU 1.

Notes:

 Alabama is the preseason No. 1 for the fourth time in school history. The Crimson Tide’s 58 first-place votes matched Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes in the preseason poll’s history. Alabama, you might recall, has claimed three of the last four BCS titles and is vying to win its third straight, the first for any program. But history actually does not favor the Tide: Since the AP rankings began in 1950, only 10 of the 63 teams who began the season No. 1 went on to win the national championship. The most recent? USC in 2004.

 Much like the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the SEC asserted its dominance with six teams in the AP Poll: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Florida and LSU. Five of the AP’s top 10 were SEC teams, which were more than all but three conferences had in the entire poll. The Big Ten and Pac-12 each had five teams ranked, with the Big 12 landing four and the ACC two.

• The AP Poll mirrored the Coaches Poll by including three teams outside the Power Five conferences: Louisville (No. 9), Notre Dame (14) and Boise State (19). This was Louisville’s best preseason rankings in program history. The Cardinals and Broncos might become mainstays in the polls with their weak schedules: Neither team will play a game against another AP preseason top 25 team this season.

• The distribution of first-place votes is intriguing. It comes as no surprise that Alabama landed the vast majority of first-place love, but an AP voter actually gave Georgia one of the other two votes for the top spot. In SI.com’s preseason top 25, Georgia didn’t even crack the top 10, coming in at No. 12. SI’s staff put its stock elsewhere in the SEC, ranking South Carolina (No. 6) and Texas A&M (No. 3) ahead of the Bulldogs. The coaches failed to have as much faith in Georgia, as well, with sixth-ranked Texas A&M and No. 2 Ohio State receiving the other first-place votes in the Coaches’ Poll.

• Get ready for a battle at the top of the Pac-12 this season. Oregon (No. 3) and Stanford (No. 4) represent the highest-ranked conference duo in the poll.

• The AP Poll features the exact same 25 teams as the Coaches’ Poll, and 19 of them earned the same ranking. There are no changes in Nos. 15-25 between the two polls.

Per Brett McMurphy of ESPN, this poll marked the first time since 1992 that the Big 12 failed to have a team ranked in the top 10 of the AP preseason poll. Oklahoma State (13) and Texas (15) were closest, with Oklahoma (16) and TCU (20) rounding out the league’s representation. Those four teams also missed the top 10 in the Coaches’ Poll, with No. 14 OSU grabbing the highest spot for the conference. Texas reached its peak with a No. 11 ranking in SI’s poll, but Oklahoma State — the favorite to win the Big 12 by some — didn’t even crack the staff’s top 25.

44 comments
Blinker
Blinker

At least no one in this poll gave a+m a first place vote like one idiot coach did in the coaches poll.  They deserve to be in the top ten but a number one vote just says you are ignorant!! 

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

This college poll should never have been posted...utterly USELESS. The polls shouldn't even begin until at least conference play begins ..... at the halfway point of MOST schedules.

K-Jun
K-Jun

I would smile like that too if the SEC had granted me such as easy SEC Schedule. Must be thinking about that Georgia Southern game when he can run up the stats and make his team look like real men. Games like that made a Heisman Winner who was signed by the Saints. That certain Heisman Winner is like the other ones, can rush for 2 yards at a time while an un-drafted free agent like Pierre Thomas leads the team in rushing every year. Hope the Saints don't get any more Heisman Winners from Alabama or USC as they don't work out because their lofty numbers are because their team plays easier schedules. 

K-Jun
K-Jun

Heck, with that easy schedule doled out by the SEC Commissioner it's no wonder Alabama is ranked #1. Where did the SEC ever come up with a rivalry between Alabama and Tennessee. Certainly there would not have been one if Tennessee were the best team in the SEC East. Alabama does not play any of the top teams in the SEC East, nary a one. Why! One has to ask. Then Alabama goes out and get a deadly out of conference schedule with the likes of Georgia Southern who won one game in their division last season. Oh, but Saban is going to correct that, he is going to schedule Wichita State. Probably wants to replace Tennessee with that team but SEC probably won't let them .

When was the last time Alabama played a difficult SEC schedule. If you recall, when they did Alabama lost 2 SEC games that season and Saban cried to the SEC Commissioner that their schedule was not fair. What a girlie, girl Saban is. His daughter is probably more man than he is. 

Some day the SEC will correct these unfair schedules and then we will see how many SEC Championships the great Saban wins. 

Don't bother responding Alabama fans, just accept the truth, you are a bunch of sissies to play such a schedule and call yourself championship material Saban said this tema still had something to prove. Noyt this year, When you play a schedule like Florida and LSU and WIN then you have proved yourself. Otherwise, there should be an asterisk by your wins indicating "Perennial Loser" game. 

I used to have respect for Alabama but no more. 

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

i'm neither gay, nor am i an alabama fan, but for a college football coach, nick saban is handsome and has great hair.

mystafugee
mystafugee

I'm really excited for the coming NFL season!  AFC! AFC! AFC!  

mystafugee
mystafugee

Love how college football is the only sport in the world where writers, computers, and assistant coaches (or whoever is filling out the coach's ballot) have an actual impact on the competition.   

UCLAtheGreatest
UCLAtheGreatest

Well the sports writers have spoken. Alabama and Ohio state are the teams the want to see in the last BCS championship. These are the only two teams who controls their destiny in this fraud system.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

USC at 24? Really? Has Lane Kiffin been fired already?

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Slight difference in strength of schedule - Alabama #1, Ohio State #35. Handing Ohio the #2 slot stinks...as does the Big Ten. The only hope to avoid a stinker of a BCS Title game is for Ohio to lose a game.

IrishLegion
IrishLegion

The reasons why they even have Preseason Rankings. 1) So we talk about them 2)To give all the big name schools a little edge in order to ensure that as many eyeballs as possible will be watching Bowl Games

Loman
Loman

These are just numbers and do not mean a dam thing when the season opens.I am a big Ohio State fan but I am not impressed with polls they are misleading at best confusing at worse.

Roger2
Roger2

preseason rankings are a joke, they have no clue who is better than any other. the problem i if you rank teams at the beginning it is hard to drop them down since the pollsters don't want to look like idiots in the preseason ranking. i say wait till week 3 then poll

SECownsCFB
SECownsCFB

Georgia got a first place vote? They are so prone to choking....

JohnP
JohnP

@K-Jun Pierre Thomas Saints leading rusher every year? Funny

Saints rushing leaders:

2012: Mark Ingram

2011: Darren Sproles

2010: Chris Ivory

Something to consider next time you wanna throw your opinion out there while trying  to make it sound like facts. 

Credibility killer

JohnP
JohnP

@K-Jun I'm not an Alabama fan. You sure do sound like a little crybaby. They may be ranked #1 because they return their two time national title winning QB. May have something to do with them winning three of the last four  BCS national championships. Maybe something to do wit the returning talent they have on the field, or their top tier recruiting class. Maybe the coach affects this ranking as well.  I don't know for sure. Does any of that even make sense to a simple minded person like yourself? 

The answer to your question is that the SEC East/West schedules every year. 2010 Auburn won the national championship and Arkansas was a perennial top 10 team under Petrino. It's not Alabama's fault that those two program fell off.

KidHorn
KidHorn

@mystafugee The NCAA basketball tournament selection is influenced also. Although the impact isn't as great.

DD
DD

Just make sure you're careful who you hand it to. Hate to see it get dropped again.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@Alabama_2013_National_Champions  That is funny. Playing ND last year was pretty much the same as just handing Bama the championship. I think the Pac 12 might be getting close to having as many corporate deals now as the SEC. Which means, wow, you might actually have to play to get into the title game instead of it being handed to you! Wow, my guess is that means, no title for the over rated Bama boys this year. You guys just better hope Johnny football isn't eligible!

Anecdatum
Anecdatum

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius  

What?

I'm an Alabama guy and we do NOT have the hardest schedule on the table. We might have a pretty strong one depending on how Ole Miss fares and if we go to the SEC title game (at least a top 10, if not top 5 opponent), and the title game. But it doesn't even make sense that we have the hardest schedule becayse both LSU and A&M play the majority of the same teams we do  (including each other) only from our point of view they are numbers 7 and 12, but from their point of view they are playing #1,which by definition makes their schedules tougher.  Even other teams in the SEC West who have to play LSU, A&M, AND Alabama have tougher schedules by definition.


There's trash talk and there's falsehoods.

tony34
tony34

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Bama is number one just like the GPA of the players on the team 1.0.  do anything to win, deer antleer, give money to players.  remember what they say about Nick Saban, " BEWARE OF THE DWARF"

woodson26
woodson26

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius I am just curious. I didnt read the entire article, but where does it state that Alabama's schedule is #1? If you got this info elsewhere, what is your source? Thanks.

doghockey
doghockey

@Roger2 Good luck with that.   Even as you are making your point, you are also giving merit to the preseason polls by paying attention to them.  Thus the reason they will never go away.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@SECownsCFB  I like your name, the SEC certainly has more corporate partners. I would have loved to see Oregon vs. Bama last year but there was too much money to be made by setting up the patsy ND. So, now to your comment. Georgia doesn't choke, they are simply over rated every year to make sure the SEC makes money and to try to claim that Bama actually plays another tough team besides LSU.

JohnP
JohnP

@K-Jun *SEC rotates their East/WEst schedules

J.B.Stevens
J.B.Stevens

@JeffBockert @Alabama_2013_National_Championshe SEC, and certainly my alma mater, Alabama, have earned everything we've won.   Fun fact for you: Bama  has played 6 pst season games in last 4 years vs teams w/combined record of 72-2. Bama's 6-0- avg margin of victory of 23pts.  I usually like to know what I'm talking about before smack talking, but maybe that's just me.   You SEC bashers say the same garbage with every post... blaming anything except your school's inability to beat an SEC team on a big stage.  You all sound like tin-foil hat conspiracy theorists

doghockey
doghockey

@tony34 Any proof to your allegations, or are you just in mid-season screaming form?

BigBuckNut
BigBuckNut

@JeffBockert @JeffBockert Boise State always has a chance, never count them out. As for Georgia, if their defense steps up..............they're scary good. They already have an offense that is down right dangerous. Also their coach needs a level head. Great coach but gets too excited (sec championship game reminded me of Les Miles). I will say Georgia will meet TA&M in the SEC championship game and will stomp them. But I have to agree with @Kidhorn. Also, Oregon wouldn't of fared any better against Alabama last year. 

KidHorn
KidHorn

@JeffBockert @SECownsCFB ND was undefeated and ranked #1. They were playing in the NC game no matter what. Bama was selected over Oregon, not ND over Oregon.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@SECownsCFB  Remember, BOISE STATE! Went to Georgia and gave them a beat down. They are barely above average.

BigBuckNut
BigBuckNut

@John P ..................When every 4 years?! Ohhhhh Tennessee or Kentucky (mostly every year)......Might get a weak USC or Florida team thrown in there. Last time Bama played Georgia regular season 2008. They don't rotate. When has Tennessee NOT played Alabama............."It's a rival" LMFAO. No

J.B.Stevens
J.B.Stevens

@JeffBockert @doghockey @tony34Calling you out again with facts...  Bama  has played 6 pst season games in last 4 years vs teams w/combined record of 72-2. Bama's 6-0- avg margin of victory of 23pts. Care to try again or just keep on like a bleating goat with your baseless assertions?

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@doghockey @tony34  The fact that they have been "voted" into the last two title games is proof enough isn't it? They have more chance to win the political title I guess.

BigBuckNut
BigBuckNut

 Not sure why it called Jeff out twice.........ohhh you commented on your own comment. It was really @SEClownsCFB too