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Will Alabama Be a Unanimous No. 1 Selection in AP Preseason Top 25 Poll?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama won the game by a score of 42-14.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 16, 2013

Alabama is the best team in college football.

Well, most would agree with that statement, while others would try their very best to go against the grain. As crazy as it may sound, there are voters who will vote against Alabama when the preseason AP poll is released on Saturday morning, August 17, around 10 a.m. ET.

The USA Today Coaches Poll provided a hint that this would happen, as Ohio State received three first-place votes, and one coach refused to jump off the bandwagon by picking Texas A&M as the No. 1 team.

The AP poll is sure to provide similar results.

Last season, the preseason AP poll revealed five teams that received at least one first-place vote. Even though USC was praised everywhere you turned, some voters still picked Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Michigan for the top spot.

Do you really think this year will be any different?

Alabama has the best head coach in the country in Nick Saban, an established quarterback in AJ McCarron and a defense led by a future NFL linebacker in C.J. Mosley. There's also an elite wide receiver in Amari Cooper, a star running back in T.J. Yeldon and a truckload of young talent also looking to contribute.

Voters will still pick against the best roster in college football.

If you need a reminder on how these polls work, just take a quick glance around the college football community. In late April, ESPN's Mark Schlabach picked Ohio State as the No. 1 team in his Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25. Keep in mind, this was after the NFL draft when the Buckeyes lost most of their key defensive players.

CBS Sports had its college football panel put together its preseason poll, and there was sure to be an oddball. Out of eight participants, Dennis Dodd picked the Buckeyes over Alabama. Getting seven top votes out of eight isn't bad and is sure to solidify the No. 1 spot, but that one voter is enough to ruin a unanimous selection.

Then there are the people who believe that Alabama is completely overrated, such as CBS television personality and radio host Tim Brando. Tiffany Brando, Tim's daughter, tweeted her father's top 10 teams at season's end. (Crimson Tide fans should look away.)

Alabama not playing in the SEC Championship Game? That even felt weird typing.

There are many voters across the country who are bias, others who want to be different, and some who simply don't believe Alabama is the best team. Of course, these voters are few and far between, but some actually believe that Ohio State or Oregon is a more complete team than Alabama.

The coaches poll and a few pundits have all revealed that not everybody is completely sold on the back-to-back national champions. The AP poll will show the same.

 

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