Alabama football reaches 10-year milestone with No. 1 status in preseason AP poll

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Add another accomplish to Nick Saban’s resume as the coach of Alabama football.

With the release of the preseason Associated Press Top 25 on Monday morning, Alabama football was tabbed the No. 1 team to start the 2017 season. Alabama received 52 of 61 first-place votes.

The Crimson Tide also topped the Amway Coaches Poll released earlier this month, receiving 49 of the 65 first-place votes.

It’s the 10th straight year that Alabama has been No. 1 in the AP poll at some point of the season, dating back to November 2008, when the Crimson Tide earned the top spot prior to its showdown at LSU.

This is the ninth straight year Alabama has been ranked in the preseason top five, the second-longest streak since the preseason poll started in 1950. Florida State did it 11 straight seasons (1990-2000).

Alabama has won four national championships over the past eight seasons, but none have been when the Crimson Tide started No. 1 (2010, 2013 and 2016).

Alabama football finished its second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. Classes begin on Wednesday with the players returning to a normal schedule.

Key returning offensive players include quarterback Jalen Hurts, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Bo Scarbrough and center Bradley Bozeman.

Alabama must replace a lot of talent and leadership on defense, but key returning players include defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison, defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne and linebackers Rashaan Evans and Shaun Dion Hamilton.

Alabama and Florida State open the season in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 2.  It’ll be the 51st time Alabama will play a game as the No. 1 team under Saban.

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