Alabama starts No. 1 in AP poll for second straight year
(TSX / STATS) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide will start the college football season as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll for the second straight year.
The top ranking in the AP preseason media poll released Monday is Alabama's sixth time in history and fourth under coach Nick Saban.
Alabama is the first program in 12 years to take the top spot two years in a row and will start the season ranked in the top five for the ninth consecutive time.