Coach Nick Saban and the Alabama football team are in the same position today that they were at this time last year — atop the Amway Coaches Poll.
The defending College Football Playoff national champion Crimson Tide was voted No. 1 by 61 of the 65 coaches who participated in the poll. No. 2 Clemson received three first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State got one.
The rankings were announced Thursday, the day after Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigates a report that Meyer knew of, but did nothing about, allegations of domestic violence against a former assistant coach.
The SEC and Big Ten have three teams each in the top 10 of the coaches poll. No. 6 Washington is the Pac-12’s only representative in the top 10, with Stanford coming in at No. 13 and USC at No. 16.
The Associated Press’ preseason poll will be released Aug. 20.
The Amway Coaches Poll preseason top 25: