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Two-time defending national champion 'Bama is preseason No. 1

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In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is doused in the final seconds of the Bowl Championship Series national championship college football game against Notre Dame in Miami. Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1.

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NEW YORK — Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1.

Nick Saban's two-time defending national champions are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with the Crimson Tide trying 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 Saturday to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State. Alabama matched Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year ...


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