Winners of five national championships under head coach Nick Saban since 2009, Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.
As for the rest of the AP Top-25 Poll, the Clemson Tigers check in #2 with 18 first-place votes, followed by the Georgia Bulldogs, who lost to Bama in the 2018 title game. Washington, Oklahoma, Miami, Auburn and Penn State complete the top 10.
The Southeastern Conference leads the way with six teams in the Top 25. The No. 1 ranking is the 104th time the Crimson Tide have topped the AP poll since its inception in 1936, which is No. 2 all-time in poll history, one behind Ohio State's 105 appearances.
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While OSU opens at No. 5, it is the Wisconsin Badgers one spot ahead of them who take the top spot among B1G teams.
Past year the Crimson Tide became the first AP preseason No. 1 to win a national championship since Southern California in 2004.
The rankings are set by listing the teams' point totals from highest to lowest. OU's all-time average preseason AP rank is 6.7, best in the nation (Michigan is second at 7.4).
The AP poll is a historic poll of record. Oklahoma State is the top Big 12 team among those receiving votes with 51 points (29th overall).