The preseason football rankings were released on Thursday and the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide takes the No. 1 slot.

Nick Saban's team lost only one game in the 2012 season, so could 2013 be the year they win the title 3 times in a row? The SEC is toughest conference in college football and nobody can say for sure if Alabama can do that going against great teams like LSU, Georgia, and Texas A&M just to mention a few.

Some teams surprise us each year and it's always exciting to see which teams go above what is expected of them before the regular season begins.

USA Today Preseason College Football Rankings 2013:

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Georgia
6. Texas A&M
7. South Carolina
8. Clemson
9. Louisville
10. Florida
11. Notre Dame
12. Florida State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma State
15. Texas
16. Oklahoma
17. Michigan
18. Nebraska
19. Boise State
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Northwestern
23. Wisconsin
24. USC
25. Oregon State

Rankings courtesy of


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