'Bama tops 2013 preseason college football coaches poll

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are the preseason No. 1 team in the country, according to the college football coaches poll. (

The 2013 USA Today Sports preseason college football coaches poll was released today, and the two-time defending national champions are the unanimous No. 1 team in the country.

The Alabama Crimson Tide garnered all but four of the 62 first-place votes as Nick Saban's squad prepares to begin its quest for three straight BCS National Championships. 'Bama will hold its first Fall practice Friday.

Coming off an undefeated season in 2012, Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked second behind Alabama. The Oregon Ducks, led by new head coach Mark Helfrich, are listed as the No. 3 team in the nation while the Stanford Cardinals and Georgia Bulldogs round out the remainder of the top five, respectively.

It should come as no surprise that the Southeastern Conference is well represented in the preseason poll. Five of the top 10 teams hail from the league, one that is currently on an unparalleled streak of seven consecutive BCS titles. The SEC has a poll-best six teams in the Top 25.

Number of teams ranked by league:

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American:{} 1

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RANK TEAM 2012 RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK 1Alabama (58)13-1154512Ohio St. (3)12-01427NR3Oregon12-1139724Stanford12-2126265Georgia12-2125046Texas A&M (1)11-2121557South Carolina11-2113678Clemson11-2104799Louisville11-210101310Florida11-29301011Notre Dame12-1872312Florida St.12-2844813LSU10-37971214Oklahoma St.8-5726NR15Texas9-46221816Oklahoma10-36201517Michigan8-5589NR18Nebraska10-44262319Boise St.11-24201420TCU7-6400NR21UCLA9-5202NR22Northwestern10-31861623Wisconsin8-0172NR24USC7-6165NR25Oregon St.9-413519Schools Dropped OutNo. 11 Kansas State (11-2), No. 17 Utah State (11-2), No. 20 Vanderbilt (9-4), No. 21 San Jose State (11-2), No. 22 Cincinnati (10-3), No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 25 Tulsa (11-3).Others Receiving VotesKansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.