Sports Illustrated Preseason Rankings: Alabama Better Than Previous No. 1s?

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Sports Illustrated Preseason Rankings: Alabama Better Than Previous No. 1s?
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The Oklahoma Sooners might be number one in the both the Coaches' and AP poll, but the Crimson Tide are at the top of the list of Sports Illustrated's preseason rankings. Just like at the end of the year occasionally, not everyone always agrees on who the best team in the land is. With all the hype that surrounds these preseason polls and rankings, the final rankings in January often look much different than they did back in August. Most times the No. 1 team heading in to the regular season is often a defending national champions that can't sustain their previous level of play or a traditional powerhouse returning most of their squad after successful season. Fans may dream about their school repeating or ending a title drought, but more often than not the No. 1 preseason ranking is rarely retained. Only once in the last 15 years has the number one team in the preseason Sports Illustrated poll remained at that spot when the season concluded.

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