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Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year

Alabama is starting atop the 2017 AP poll heading into the season. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and third time in five years.

The Crimson Tide, coming off a last-second loss in the national championship game that left it No. 2 to Clemson in the final Top 25 of 2016, received 52 from a panel of 61 media members.

Ohio State was No. 2, edging out No. 3 Florida State and preventing the first 1 vs 2 opening game since the AP preseason poll began in 1950. Alabama opens the season against the Seminoles in Atlanta on Sept. 2, just the fourth opener involving top-five teams and the first pitting teams ranked in the top three.

Southern California starts the season at No. 4. Defending national champion Clemson begins the post-Deshaun Watson era at No. 5.

1. Alabama (52) 14-1 1,513

2. Ohio St. (3) 11-2 1,414

3. Florida St. (4) 10-3 1,396

4. Southern Cal (2) 10-3 1,325

5. Clemson 14-1 1,201

6. Penn St. 11-3 1,196

7. Oklahoma 11-2 1,170

8. Washington 12-2 1,150

9. Wisconsin 11-3 926

10. Oklahoma St. 10-3 889

11. Michigan 10-3 881

12. Auburn 8-5 880

13. LSU 8-4 784

14. Stanford 10-3 695

15. Georgia 8-5 690

16. Louisville 9-4 629

17. Florida 9-4 624

18. Miami 9-4 492

19. South Florida 11-2 327

20. Kansas St. 9-4 317

21. Virginia Tech 10-4 240

22. West Virginia 10-3 207

23. Texas 5-7 173

24. Washington St. 8-5 133

25. Tennessee 9-4 114

Others receiving votes: TCU 98, Utah 85, Notre Dame 65, Boise St. 37, NC State 26, Northwestern 25, Pittsburgh 23, Oregon 21, Houston 19, Colorado 18, UCLA 9, San Diego St. 9, BYU 5, BYU 4, Nebraska 4, Tulsa 4, Kentucky 3, Texas A&M 3, Michigan St. 1.

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