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Alabama starts fall camp ranked 2nd in preseason poll

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The Alabama football season is set to get underway with fall camp starting on Friday August 1st and players scheduled to report to campus today (Thursday).  There will be 20 days of practice with a few two-a-days mixed in during the first couple of weeks.  Alabama’s ‘Fan Day’ is scheduled for Sunday August 3rd in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 2:30 CST where fans can get their first glimpse of the 2014 team. Following the practice players and coaches will be available for autographs.

As the players are reporting to campus across the nation, the first major preseason poll was also released today.  The Amway preseason Coaches’ Poll which consists of 65 coaches put Alabama in second place right behind reigning champion Florida State who took 56 of the first place votes.  Alabama didn’t receive the any first place votes but was a solid second place in front of No. 3 Oklahoma, No 4 Oregon and rounding out the top five is Auburn.

The last time Alabama and Auburn were in the preseason top five together was….well, never.   The Associated Press’ poll dates back to 1936 and the Coaches’ Poll dating back to 1960 but neither poll lists both teams in the preseason top five.

The last three championships by Alabama the Crimson Tide started its title campaigns ranked fifth, and second (twice) in 2009, 2011, and 2012 respectively in the preseason poll.  The last team to start and finish in the top spot was back in 2004 by USC.

There are seven SEC schools listed in the preseason Top 20 with five of those coming out of the west side of the conference.  Alabama owns the longest tenure in the Coaches’ Poll at 99 straight. The Associated Press poll is due to be released Aug. 17.

Amway preseason coaches’ poll
Rank, School, 2013 record, Total votes, First-place votes
1 Florida State Seminoles 14-0 1543 56
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-2 1455 0
3 Oklahoma Sooners 11-2 1382 3
4 Oregon Ducks 11-2 1314 1
5 Auburn Tigers 12-2 1271 0
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-2 1267 1
7 UCLA Bruins 10-3 1085 0
8 Michigan State Spartans 13-1 1050 0
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-2 1009 1
10 Baylor Bears 11-2 965 0
11 Stanford Cardinal 11-3 955 0
12 Georgia Bulldogs 8-5 905 0
13 LSU Tigers 10-3 833 0
14 Wisconsin Badgers 9-4 654 0
15 USC Trojans 10-4 627 0
16 Clemson Tigers 11-2 535 0
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-4 509 0
18 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-4 358 0
19 Mississippi Rebels 8-5 346 0
20 Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 266 0
21 Kansas State Wildcats 8-5 257 0
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-4 228 0
23 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-6 175 0
24 Texas Longhorns 8-5 143 0
25 Washington Huskies 9-4 142 0

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