The Tide does not always win the national championship — just half the time over the last eight years — but is always in contention.
The Crimson Tide received 52 of 61 first-place votes from media members in the poll released Monday.
The Tide has failed to win the national championship the three previous times it was Preseason No.
Alabama’s remarkable run under Saban has the Crimson Tide climbing toward all sorts of AP poll milestones.
The Buckeyes also extended the longest current streak of years appearing in the preseason Top 25 to 29.
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