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Preseason coaches’ poll is out: Alabama No. 1, six SEC teams in top 25

preseason coaches poll no. 1 is nick Saban and Alabama
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The preseason coaches’ poll is out, and there’s no surprise that it begins with a familiar shade of crimson on top.

Defending national runner-up Alabama sits at No. 1 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, a place the Tide has been four times this decade. Alabama also topped the preseason poll in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Five other SEC programs also made the top 25: LSU at No. 12, Auburn at No. 13, Georgia at No. 15, Florida at No. 16 and Tennessee at No. 24.

Alabama, Georgia and LSU have appeared in every preseason coaches poll this decade.

Other SEC teams receiving votes in the poll were Texas A&M with 46, Arkansas with 22 and Mississippi State with 19. Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt did not receive any votes.

Defending national champion Clemson, which must replace quarterback Deshaun Watson and several other standouts, enters the preseason poll ranked fifth. Ohio State, Florida State and USC are the other schools that begin in the top five.

In all, the rankings include six teams from the SEC, five from the ACC, five from the Big 12, four from the Big Ten, four from the Pac-12 and one – USF – from the American Athletic.

The full list:
1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Florida State
4. USC
5. Clemson
6. Penn State
7. Washington
8. Oklahoma
9. Michigan
10. Wisconsin
11. Oklahoma State
12. LSU
13. Auburn
14. Stanford
15. Georgia
16. Florida
17. Louisville
18. Miami
19. Kansas State
20. West Virginia
21. South Florida
22. Virginia Tech
23. Texas
24. Tennessee
25. Utah

This season, seven SEC coaches — Bret Bielema, Gus Malzahn, Derek Mason, Dan Mullen, Barry Odom, Nick Saban and Mark Stoops– are on the voting panel.

SEC teams in preseason coaches poll since 2010

2010 (six teams ranked): No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Florida, No. 16 LSU, No. 19 Arkansas, No. 21 Georgia, No. 23 Auburn
2011 (eight teams): No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 12 South Carolina, No. 14 Arkansas, No. 19 Auburn, No. 20 Mississippi State, No. 22 Georgia, No. 23 Florida
2012 (seven teams): No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 23 Florida, No. 25 Auburn
2013 (six teams): No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 South Carolina, No. 10 Florida, No. 13 LSU
2014 (seven teams): No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 LSU, No. 19 Ole Miss, No. 20 Texas A&M
2015 (eight teams): No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 Auburn, No. 9 Georgia, No. 13 LSU, No. 15 Ole Miss, No. 20 Arkansas, No. 23 Missouri, No. 25 Tennessee
2016 (six teams): No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 LSU, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 12 Ole Miss, No. 16 Georgia, No. 25 Florida

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