Alabama tops AP preseason poll

For the second straight year, Alabama will start the college football season as the top-ranked team.

The Crimson Tide are the No. 1 team in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the sixth time in history and fourth time under coach Nick Saban.

The Tide received 52 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,513 points in the poll released Monday. Ohio State is ranked second, receiving three first-place votes and 1,414 points.

Also receiving top votes were No. 3 Florida State (four) and No. 4 USC (two). Defending national champion Clemson starts the season ranked fifth.

Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State round out the top 10.