Eyeing its fourth national title in eight years, Alabama is No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll released Monday.
Led by head coach Nick Saban and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young, the Crimson Tide received 54 of the 66 first-place votes in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.
No. 2 Ohio State received five first-place votes and No. 3 Georgia, the defending College Football Playoff national champion, received six.
No. 18 Texas, which finished 5-7 in coach Steve Sarkisian’s first season in 2021, drew the other first-place ballot.
Clemson and Notre Dame round out the top five, followed by Michigan, Texas A&M, Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor.
Alabama opens the season on Sept. 3 against Utah State in Tuscaloosa.
The rest of the top 25:
11. Oklahoma State
13. North Carolina State
14. Michigan State
15. Southern California
17. Miami (Fla.)
19. Wake Forest