TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA/AP) - Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two - ranked No. 1. Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are the top-ranked team in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll as they try to become the first team to win three straight BCS titles.
Much like the BCS Championship Game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.
The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.
Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.
The Southeastern Conference holds five of the top 10 spots in the rankings, with South Carolina (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 7) and Florida (No. 10) joining the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs near the top of the poll. LSU is the only other SEC team with a preseason ranking, starting the year off ranked No. 12.
Ole Miss did not crack the Top 25, but the Rebels did receive votes in the preseason poll. Ole Miss begins its 2013 season on the road against Vanderbilt on Aug. 29. The Commodores also received votes but fell short of the Top 25.
Mississippi State did not receive any preseason votes. The Bulldogs open their season on Aug. 31 against Oklahoma State in Houston, Texas.
COMPLETE TOP 25 RANKINGS (First Place Votes In Parentheses)
2Ohio State (1)
Others receiving votes: Michigan State 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami (FL) 85, Arizona State 53, Kansas State 43, Fresno State 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, Northern Illinois 16, Ole Miss 11, Utah State 8, Georgia Tech 6, Cincinnati 3, Arizona 3, North Carolina 3, Penn State 2, Brigham Young 1.