Top-ranked Alabama leads five Southeastern Conference teams in the top 10 in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll, which was released Thursday afternoon.
The two-time defending champion Crimson Tide was an overwhelming choice, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes. Ohio State was second and received three first-place votes. Oregon is No. 3, Stanford is 4, Georgia is five and No. 6 Texas A&M received the other first-place vote.
South Carolina is No. 7 and Florida is No. 10.
No. 12 LSU makes it six teams in the initial top 25 for the SEC, which has won the last seven national championships, including three in the last four years by Alabama.
No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Louisville round out the top 10. Notre Dame, which lost the BCS title game 42-14 to Alabama last season, is No. 11.
Tennessee actually received one vote in the poll, but also received a reality check on the huge challenge ahead for new head coach Butch Jones. The Vols, who finished 5-7 last year, will play six of the top ten teams before the end of October with matchups against Oregon, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
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