AP Top 25: 'Bama No. 1

AP Top 25: 'Bama No. 1

 

  Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1.

Nick Saban’s two-time defending national champions are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with the Crimson Tide trying to become the first team to win three straight national titles.

Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings. 

The Buckeyes received one first-place vote - from The News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen, who explained his choice earlier this summer.

Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.

 

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and final ranking:

                       Record Pts Pv

 1. Alabama (58) 13-1 1,498 1

 2. Ohio St. (1) 12-0 1,365 3

 3. Oregon 12-1 1,335 2

 4. Stanford 12-2 1,294 7

 5. Georgia (1) 12-2 1,249 t5

 6. South Carolina 11-2 1,154 8

 7. Texas A&M 11-2 1,104 t5

 8. Clemson 11-2 1,083 11

 9. Louisville 11-2 1,042 13

10. Florida 11-2 894 9

11. Florida St. 12-2 845 10

12. LSU 10-3 802 14

13. Oklahoma St. 8-5 755 NR

14. Notre Dame 12-1 748 4

15. Texas 9-4 677 19

16. Oklahoma 10-3 579 15

17. Michigan 8-5 531 24

18. Nebraska 10-4 382 25

19. Boise St. 11-2 328 18

20. TCU 7-6 323 NR

21. UCLA 9-5 286 NR

22. Northwestern 10-3 199 NR

23. Wisconsin 8-6 185 NR

24. Southern Cal 7-6 134 NR

25. Oregon St. 9-4 129 20

Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami 85, Arizona St. 53, Kansas St. 43, Fresno St. 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, N. Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah St. 8, Georgia Tech 6, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, North Carolina 3, Penn St. 2, BYU 1.

 

How Asmussen voted:

1. Ohio State

2. Alabama

3. South Carolina

4. Georgia

5. Oregon

6. Stanford

7. Louisville

8. Clemson

9. LSU

10. Florida

11. Texas A&M

12. Boise State

13. Oklahoma State

14. Florida State

15. Michigan

16. Northwestern

17. Arizona State

18. Washington

19. Texas

20. Oklahoma

21. Notre Dame

22. TCU

23. Kansas State

24. Wisconsin

25. Nebraska

 

Here are Asmussen’s three thoughts after surveying the preseason Top 25:

 

Go Johnny Go

Apparently, the voters have no concerns about the eligibility of Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. The Aggies are listed at No. 7. Kevin Sumlin’s team is coming off a strong season, which included a win against national champion Alabama. It’s a pretty high starting point if Manziel is sidelined.

 

Old school

Traditional powers Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan and Nebraska made the initial cut. When push comes to shove, voters tend to side with the familiar.

 

New Wave

Cool to see some nontraditional powers receiving some recognition. Oregon State, TCU and Northwestern are among the chosen few. They aren’t on the list of all-time top programs, but check back again in 20 years.

 

 

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