Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1.
Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as they try to become the first team to win three straight national titles.
Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.
The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.
Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.
Here is the entire poll:
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and final ranking:
Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (58) 13-1 1,498 1
2. Ohio St. (1) 12-0 1,365 3
3. Oregon 12-1 1,335 2
4. Stanford 12-2 1,294 7
5. Georgia (1) 12-2 1,249 t5
6. South Carolina 11-2 1,154 8
7. Texas A&M 11-2 1,104 t5
8. Clemson 11-2 1,083 11
9. Louisville 11-2 1,042 13
10. Florida 11-2 894 9
11. Florida St. 12-2 845 10
12. LSU 10-3 802 14
13. Oklahoma St. 8-5 755 NR
14. Notre Dame 12-1 748 4
15. Texas 9-4 677 19
16. Oklahoma 10-3 579 15
17. Michigan 8-5 531 24
18. Nebraska 10-4 382 25
19. Boise St. 11-2 328 18
20. TCU 7-6 323 NR
21. UCLA 9-5 286 NR
22. Northwestern 10-3 199 NR
23. Wisconsin 8-6 185 NR
24. Southern Cal 7-6 134 NR
25. Oregon St. 9-4 129 20
Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami 85, Arizona St. 53, Kansas St. 43, Fresno St. 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, N. Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah St. 8, Georgia Tech 6, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, North Carolina 3, Penn St. 2, BYU 1.
And here are the voters for this season:
2013 AP Top 25 Football Poll Board
Bob Asmussen, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette; Greg Auman, Tampa Bay Times; Eric Avidon, The MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, Mass.; Brent Axe, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, N.Y.; Mike Barber, Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch; Steve Batterson, Quad City (Iowa) Times; Kirk Bohls, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman; Patrick Brown, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press;
Ryan Brown, WJOX-FM, Birmingham, Ala.; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram; Donovan Campbell, WSVN Miami; Christian Caple, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; John Clay, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; Chadd Cripe, The Idaho Statesman, Boise; Charles Davis, FOX Sports;
Pete DiPrimio, The Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel; Rustin Dodd, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star; Seth Emerson, The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph/Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer; Chris Fowler, ESPN; Joe Giglio, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.; Anthony Gimino, Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen; Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News; Mike Griffith, mlive.com, Grand Rapids, Mich.;
Glenn Guilbeau, Gannett News Services Louisiana; Harold Gutmann, The Herald-Sun of Durham (N.C.); Rich Hammond, Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif.; Eric Hansen, The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Chris Harris, WSMV-TV, Nashville, Tenn.; Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore.; Ed Johnson, Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal; Jon Johnson, Dothan (Ala.) Eagle;
Hugh Kellenberger, The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Miss.; Josh Kendall, The State, Columbia, S.C.; Doug Lesmerises, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland; Rob Long, WJFK-105.7 Baltimore; Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Matt McCoy, 610 WTVN Radio, Columbus, Ohio; Sam McKewon, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison;
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock; Chris Murray, Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal; Scott Nulph, Laramie (Wyo.) Bommerang; Scott Rabalais, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.; Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch; Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Kyle Ringo, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.; Nate Sandell, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities/KSTP AM, St. Paul, Minn.;
Keith Sargeant, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press; Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press; John Shinn, The Norman (Okla.) Transcript; John Silver, The Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Conn.; Gary Smits, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville; Mike Sorensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City; Andy Staples, SI.com; Mitch Vingle, The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette;
John Mitchell, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Jon Wilner, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News; Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News; Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network