Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in the USA Today/Amway Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released Wednesday. 

The Crimson Tide received 63 of 65 possible first-place votes in a poll heavy on the usual suspects. Clemson, which is shooting for a seventh consecutive ACC championship, is ranked No. 2. 

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In the last 10 seasons, only Alabama in 2017 was ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches Poll and went on to win the national championship. Clemson was the Coaches Poll Preseason No. 1 in 2020. 

Oklahoma, which is led by Heisman Trophy favorite Spencer Rattler, received two first-place votes. Ohio State and Georgia rounded out the top five. Texas A&M is No. 6. 

Notre Dame, the other CFP semifinalist from 2020,  plays four of the teams ranked in the top 15 in 2021. The Irish are ranked No. 7. College Football Playoff sleepers Iowa State, North Carolina and Cincinnati round out the top 10. 

Here is a look at the full Coaches Poll: 

2021 USA Today/AFCA Preseason Top 25 

Rank Team PTS 1st
1 Alabama (63) 1,621 63
2 Clemson 1,508 0
3 Oklahoma (2) 1,481 2
4 Ohio State 1,435 0
5 Georgia 1,386 0
6 Texas A&M 1,286 0
7 Notre Dame 1,139 0
8 Iowa State 1,131 0
9 North Carolina 999 0
10 Cincinnati 979 0
11 Florida 870 0
12 Oregon 842 0
13 Louisiana State 664 0
14 USC 655 0
15 Wisconsin 654 0
16 Miami 575 0
17 Indiana 573 0
18 Iowa 554 0
19 Texas 427 0
20 Penn State 422 0
21 Washington 404 0
22 Oklahoma State 216 0
23 UL Lafayette 153 0
24 Coastal Carolina 150 0
25 Mississippi 149 0

Receiving votes: Utah 145; Northwestern 120; Arizona State 90; Auburn 84; Liberty 68; Brigham Young 53; Texas Christian 48; Michigan 30; Central Florida 29; NC State 27; Boise State 27; Kentucky 20; San Jose State 18; Army 13; Virginia Tech 9; Missouri 8; UCLA 7; Tulsa 6; Pittsburgh 6; Boston College 6; Houston 5; Ball State 5; West Virginia 4; Southern Methodist 4; Appalachian State 4; UAB 3; Arkansas 3; Nevada 2; Mississippi State 2; Air Force 2; Stanford 1; Marshall 1; Florida State 1; California 1.

 





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