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Alabama is back on top of the college football world — at least for now.
The Associated Press released its preseason college football rankings on Monday, and lo and behold, the Crimson Tide was ranked No. 1. The school received 54 first-place votes.
Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is back under center for Alabama. The team also got two key transfers in wide receivers Jermaine Burton and Tyler Harrell. Linebacker Will Anderson and safety Jordan Battle are also returning to the defense.
It’s the sixth time in the Nick Saban era that Alabama starts the season as the No. 1-ranked team. Alabama started the season No. 1 last season but ended the year with two losses, including in the College Football Championship against Georgia.
Ohio State and Georgia were ranked No. 2 and 3.
Ohio State finished last season 11-2 but start the season against No. 5 Notre Dame on Sept. 3. While the offense lost Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave to the pros, C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba are back on the offense.
Georgia, the defending national champions, is likely to have Stetson Bennett back under center with Adonai Mitchell entering his sophomore season. The team also returns tight end Brock Bowers, defensive lineman Jalen Carter, linebacker Nolan Smith and cornerback Kelee Ringo.
Clemson (No. 4) and Notre Dame (No. 5) round out of the top five in the poll. The Tigers finished 10-3 overall and ended the 2021 season with a win in the Cheez-It Bowl over Iowa State. The Fighting Irish were 11-2 and lost in the Fiesta Bowl to Oklahoma State.
Only Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia received first-place votes.
Here’s a list of the top 25.
2). Ohio State
5). Notre Dame
6). Texas A&M
12). Oklahoma State
13). N.C. State
15). Michigan State
16). Miami (FL)
21). Ole Miss
22). Wake Forest
The Associated Press contributed to this report.