3 in Preseason AP Poll

Nick Saban reiterates that he could not care less about the solar eclipse

Nick Saban reiterates that he could not care less about the solar eclipse

Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason poll, the sixth time for the Tide overall and the fourth time under coach Nick Saban.

The preseason AP Top 25 was released by the Associated Press on Monday.

Southern California, which finished last season on a nine-game winning streak and No. 3 in the country, starts at No. 4. The Wildcats return eight starters on offense, including senior quarterback Jesse Ertz, and several playmakers on defense.

It's the third time that the Bedlam rivals will start the AP poll inside the top 10. Many think they are capable of contending with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for a Big 12 championship.

The Bulls are 19th and the top-ranked team from the Group of Five conferences. 61 members members vote in the poll each week.

Ohio State checked in at No. 2 with three first-place votes. Auburn was 12th, LSU 13th, Georgia 15th, Florida 17th and Tennessee 25th. Ohio State was No. 2, edging No. 3 Florida State and preventing the first 1 vs. 2 opening game since the preseason poll began in 1950.

All contiguous seats for the season-opener against Central Arkansas on September 2 are sold out and standing-room only tickets are now available.

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