Alabama is No. 1 in the preseason Top 25, the first program in 12 years to take the top spot two years in a row.
The Crimson Tide will start the season ranked in the top five of The Associated Press preseason media poll for the ninth consecutive time.
Coach Nick Saban's program has become the surest thing in sports these days. The Tide does not always win the national championship — just half the time over the last eight years — but is always in contention. Since 2008, only once has Alabama lost more than one game before bowl season.
The Crimson Tide received 52 of 61 first-place votes from media members. Ohio State was No. 2, edging No. 3 Florida State and preventing...