Alabama is No. 1 again.
The Crimson Tide open is No. 1 in the USA Today Sports UFCA Coaches poll, which was released Monday.
This is the seventh time Alabama has started the No. 1 season in the coaches’ poll. The Crimson Tide were No. 1 in the same poll last year. Alabama finished 13-2 last season and lost 33-18 to Georgia in the College Football Playoff Championship game.
Alabama received 54 of 65 first-place votes.
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The Bulldogs are ranked No. 3 in this year’s poll after winning the program’s first national championship since 1980 last season. Georgia received six votes for first place.
Ohio State, which received five first-place votes, is ranked No. 2 in the coaches’ poll. The Buckeyes enter the fourth season of Ryan Day. The Buckeyes finished 11-2 last season.
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Clemson and Notre Dame round out the top five. Michigan, which made its first college football playoff appearance, is ranked No. 6. Texas A&M, Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor round out the top 10.
2022 USA Today Sports Pre-Season UFCA Coaches Poll
|Rank||Crew||Points (n° 1 vote)|
|2||ohio state||1564 (5)|
|14||state of michigan||711|
Others receiving votes: Iowa 248; Penn State 246; Tennessee 163; Brigham Young 152; State of Louisiana 143; Auburn 98; Central Florida 55; North Carolina 34; San Diego State 25; Fresno State 21; Mississippi State 19; Florida 17; Utah State 12; Air Force 12; UCLA 10; Boise State 10; State of Appalachia 10; Minnesota 6; South Carolina 5; Kansas State 4; Iowa State 3; Army 3; UL Lafayette 2; Southern Methodist 2; Purdue 2; Oregon State 2; Coastal Carolina 2; Texas-San Antonio 1; Louisville 1; State of Florida 1.