Alabama is No. 1 in USA Today’s preseason poll

AP: Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 atop the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll.

Boise State will begin the season ranked No. 5. The Broncos, like Alabama, finished last season 14-0. They beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Crimson Tide got 55 of 59 possible first place votes. The other four went to Ohio State, which is No. 2 in the newspaper’s ranking.

Florida is third, followed by Texas, which lost to Alabama in the BCS title game in January. (the entire AP report follows below)