Phil Steele has Alabama No. 1 in his 2013 preseason poll, which isn't a huge surprise. The Crimson Tide have won three of the past four national championships.
But Steele does his preseason poll based on where he thinks teams will finish the season, which is even better news for Alabama fans if he proves to be correct.
Steele has Alabama No. 1, Ohio State No. 2, Florida State No. 3, Texas No. 4 and Oregon No. 5.
Only one other SEC team is in Steele's top 10, and that's Georgia at No. 9.
Other SEC teams in Steele's preseason top 40 include Texas A&M at No. 13, South Carolina at No. 14, LSU at No. 17, Florida at No. 18 and Ole Miss at No. 28.
The SEC had five teams finish in the top 10 of the final polls a year ago and four teams in 2011.