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    Alabama Ranked Number One In Preseason Poll

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Alabama Crimson Tide will start the 2013 campaign in the exact same position as it finished last season as the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll that was released by the Association on Tuesday.
     
    The defending national champion Crimson Tide (60-8) received 25 of 31 possible first-place votes to lead the way in the top spot, while the remainder of the top five remained unchanged from last year’s final ranking.  National runner-up Oklahoma reaped five first-place tallies to sit second, California (58-7) was third after garnering a single first-place nod, Arizona State (53-11) rated fourth and Oregon (45-18) rounded out the top five squads.
     
    Tennessee (52-14), Texas (47-13), Missouri (47-14), Georgia (45-17) and LSU (40-25) made up positions 6-10, respectively.
     
    Syracuse (43-16) and Oregon State (36-23) were the only two teams to drop out of the poll from 2012 to 2013, but each were included among the squads listed among the receiving votes column.
     
    The Pacific-12 and Southeastern Conference led the way with seven selections each, while the Big 12 Conference boasted three teams in the ratings.  Other leagues placing teams in the listing were the BIG EAST and ACC (two each) as well as the Big Ten, Colonial Athletic Association, Big West and Sun Belt (one each).
     
    The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 31 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Final 2012 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.
     
    Rank   
    1    Alabama (25) 
    2    Oklahoma (5) 
    3    California (1)  
    4    Arizona State   
    5    Oregon   
    6    Tennessee
    7    Texas  
    8    Missouri  
    9    Georgia   
    10    LSU

    11    Louisiana Lafayette   
    12    USF  
    13    Arizona 
    14    Florida   
    15    Michigan   
    16    Washington   
    17    Texas A&M   
    18    Louisville   
    19    UCLA   
    20    Hofstra  
    21    Stanford   
    22    North Carolina   
    23    Hawai'i   
    24    Baylor 
    25    Florida State   
     
    Others Receiving Votes:  Notre Dame (43), Georgia Tech (29), Syracuse (27), Kentucky (23), Oregon State (22), Texas Tech (12), Virginia Tech (11), DePaul (10), Northwestern (5), BYU (4), Houston (3), Tulsa (2), Mississippi State (2), Illinois State (2), South Alabama (2).