AP poll: Oregon No. 3, Stanford No. 4

Oregon and Stanford are ranked Nos. 3 and 4 in the preseason Associated Press poll, just like they were in the preseason coaches' poll.

Two-time defending champion Alabama is No. 1. Ohio State, which went unbeaten last season but was bowl ineligible due to NCAA sanctions, is No. 2.

As for the rest of the Pac-12, UCLA is 21st, USC 24th and Oregon State 25th -- just like the coaches' poll.

No, North Carolina wasn't ranked.

Arizona State was the equivalent of 30th. Washington and Arizona also received votes. So eight Pac-12 teams got some love from pollsters. Conclusion? The Pac-12 has national title contenders and depth.

Now, can it win the big one?

The SEC led all conferences with six ranked teams, all of which were in the top 12. The Pac-12 and Big Ten had five each. The Big 12 had four.