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2013 college football rankings: AP poll Top 25 led by Alabama, Ohio State

The SEC dominates the preseason poll, with six teams in the top 12. Also, have a look at the simulated preseason BCS standings.

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As expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide are the top-ranked team in the preseason AP poll, released Saturday morning.  Alabama is followed by Ohio State, Oregon, and Stanford, with Georgia rounding out the top five.  South Carolina, Texas A&M, Louisville, Clemson, and Florida start the season in the Top 10.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (58) 0-0 1,498 NR
2 Ohio State (1) 0-0 1,365 NR
3 Oregon 0-0 1,335 NR
4 Stanford 0-0 1,294 NR
5 Georgia (1) 0-0 1,249 NR
6 South Carolina 0-0 1,154 NR
7 Texas A&M 0-0 1,104 NR
8 Clemson 0-0 1,083 NR
9 Louisville 0-0 1,042 NR
10 Florida 0-0 894 NR
11 Florida State 0-0 845 NR
12 LSU 0-0 802 NR
13 Oklahoma State 0-0 755 NR
14 Notre Dame 0-0 748 NR
15 Texas 0-0 677 NR
16 Oklahoma 0-0 579 NR
17 Michigan 0-0 531 NR
18 Nebraska 0-0 382 NR
19 Boise State 0-0 328 NR
20 TCU 0-0 323 NR
21 UCLA 0-0 286 NR
22 Northwestern 0-0 199 NR
23 Wisconsin 0-0 185 NR
24 USC 0-0 134 NR
25 Oregon State 0-0 129 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami (FL) 85, Arizona State 53, Kansas State 43, Fresno State 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, Northern Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah State 8, Georgia Tech 6, North Carolina 3, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, Penn State 2, Brigham Young 1

Elsewhere in fun facts:

Alabama finished the 2012 season as the unanimous leader of the Associated Press poll, which has not been a part of the BCS for nearly a decade.  In 2003, the BCS formula kept USC, the top team in the final AP poll of the regular season, out of the national championship game to the great chagrin of AP voters.  The next season, with three undefeated teams stoking further BCS controversy, the Associated Press removed its poll from BCS consideration.

There are plenty of questions for the nation's top teams to answer.  The Ohio State Buckeyes, who start the season ranked second after finishing 2012 at #3, have coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Braxton Miller, but also have to handle the indefinite suspension of running back Carlos Hyde and replace six starters in the defensive front seven.

The Oregon Ducks, who finished second in the final 2012 poll, are third in this year's preseason rankings.  The Ducks return almost everyone of consequence from last year's squad, including quarterback Marcus Mariota, but will be breaking in first-time head coach Mark Helfrich after former coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL.

Georgia might have the nation's best offense, but have holes to fill across the defense, including the incomparable Jarvis Jones.  Stanford has 80 career starts returning on the offensive line and Kevin Hogan under center, but will need to find a replacement for Stepfan Taylor's 332 carries, as well as the top three receivers on the 2012 Rose Bowl champion.

Even mighty Alabama has holes to fill.  The Tide lose two top 11 draft picks and a former Outland Trophy winner on the offensive line, cornerback Dee Milliner and safety Robert Lester from the defensive secondary, and two starters on the defensive line.  At Alabama, though, there is a never-ending string of five-star prospects ready to fill the holes.

And for your reference, a comparison of the nearly identical Coaches and AP polls:

Coaches AP
1 Alabama (58) Alabama (58)
2 Ohio St. (3) Ohio State (1)
3 Oregon Oregon
4 Stanford Stanford
5 Georgia Georgia (1)
6 Texas A&M (1) South Carolina
7 South Carolina Texas A&M
8 Clemson Clemson
9 Louisville Louisville
10 Florida Florida
11 Notre Dame Florida State
12 Florida St. LSU
13 LSU Oklahoma State
14 Oklahoma St. Notre Dame
15 Texas Texas
16 Oklahoma Oklahoma
17 Michigan Michigan
18 Nebraska Nebraska
19 Boise St. Boise State
22 Northwestern Northwestern
23 Wisconsin Wisconsin
25 Oregon St. Oregon State

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