Vols #25, Bama stars atop AP Poll for 2nd straight year

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The Crimson Tide became the first program in 12 years to take the top spot in The Associated Press preseason media poll two straight years, and will start the season ranked in the top five for the ninth consecutive time. The Crimson Tide was also named the nation's No. 1 team in the USA Today's Amway Coaches Poll released August 3. And that includes on Twitter, where fans and experts alike shared their opinions on where the teams placed, or didn't place.

The Sooners are one of five Big 12 teams in this year's preseason AP poll.

Starting the season ranked in the top 20 is familiar territory for the Georgia football team the past five years.

- No. 6 Penn State has its best preseason ranking since it was No. 3 in 1999.

UF finished 14th in last season's final AP poll after defeating Iowa 30-3 in the Outback Bowl to finish 9-4.

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My annual advice on the poll: The AP Top 25 poll is what you make of it.

It is also OU's highest preseason ranking under a first-year coach since beginning at No. 2 under Gomer Jones in the 1964 season. Georgia was preseason No. 1 in 2008 and finished 13th; Florida won the national title that season. Auburn is No. 12 and LSU is right behind at 13.

Miami is ranked just behind Florida at No. 18. They finished the season 8-5.

The SEC leads all conferences with six teams in the AP Top 25 poll, but only one in the Top 10.

- 1.9 teams that started the season unranked finished ranked in the top 10.

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