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Crimson Tide still on top

Defending national champion Alabama is still at the top of the college football world as the top- ranked team in the preseason Associated Press poll, which was released Saturday.

Alabama received 54 of 60 first-place votes and a total of 1,491 points, while Ohio State checked in at No. 2 with three first-place votes and 1,400 points.

Boise State received its highest ranking ever in the polls in the third slot and garnered a single first-place vote. Also receiving a single first-place vote was fifth-ranked Texas, which lost to the Tide in last year's national championship game, and seventh-ranked Oklahoma. The Sooners are one of seven teams to jump into the rankings after finishing unranked at the end of last season.

•Virginia Tech gave coach Frank Beamer a four-year contract extension through 2016. … Colorado named Tyler Hansen starting quarterback over Cody Hawks, according to the Denver Post. … USC coach Lane Kiffin said former Miami receiver Thearon Collier transferred in and will be eligible in 2011.

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