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Alabama is No. 1 in the AP top 25

Alabama is the preseason No. 1 in the Associated Press top 25, released today.

Ohio State is No. 2. In fact, Alabama and Ohio State are 1-2 in the USA Today preseason top 25.

Actually, the AP and USA Today polls have the same teams ranked in their respective top 10s -- just in different orders.

Some common themes: Florida and Texas -- both with new quarterbacks -- are in both top 10s.

Boise State and TCU -- both from non-automatic qualifying conferences for the BCS, are both in the top 10s. Boise State's No. 3 ranking in the AP poll is the highest preseason ranking for a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference.

The Big 12 again leads the way with three teams in both top 10s -- Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

1. Alabama (54 of 60 first-place votes)
2. Ohio State (3)
3. Boise State (1)
4. Florida
5. Texas (1)
6. TCU
7. Oklahoma (1)
8. Nebraska
9. Iowa
10. Virginia Tech
11. Oregon
12. Wisconsin
13. Miami (Fla.)
14. USC
15. Pittsburgh
16. Georgia Tech
17. Arkansas
18. North Carolina
19. Penn State
20. Florida State
21. LSU
22. Auburn
23. Georgia
24. Oregon State
25. West Virginia

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