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Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year

No need to overthink it: Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason Top 25.

The Crimson Tide became the first program in 12 years to take the top spot in The Associated Press preseason media poll two straight years, and will start the season ranked in the top five for the ninth consecutive time.

Coach Nick Saban's program has become the surest thing in sports these days. The Tide does not always win the national championship — just half the time over the last eight years — but is always in contention. Since 2008, only once has Alabama lost more than one game before bowl season.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Aug 21
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (52)14-11,5132
2Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
3Florida State (4)10-31,3968
4USC (2)10-31,3253
5Clemson14-11,2011
6Penn State11-31,1967
7Oklahoma11-21,1705
8Washington12-21,1504
9Wisconsin11-39269
10Oklahoma State10-388911
11Michigan10-388110
12Auburn8-588024
13LSU8-478413
14Stanford10-369512
15Georgia8-5690-
16Louisville9-462921
17Florida9-462414
18Miami (FL)9-449220
19South Florida11-232719
20Kansas State9-4317-
21Virginia Tech10-424016
22West Virginia10-320718
23Texas5-7173-
24Washington State8-5133-
25Tennessee9-411422

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Swinney says Bryant likely to open as Clemson quarterback

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says junior Kelly Bryant will likely start at quarterback in the national champion's season opener against Kent State on Sept. 2.

Bryant has competed with freshmen Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson for the starting spot held by All-American Deshaun Watson the past three seasons.