Coaches Poll Preseason Top 25 for 2021: Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma take top three spots

Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in the USA Today/Amway Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released Wednesday.

The Crimson Tide received 63 of 65 possible first-place votes in a poll heavy on the usual suspects. Clemson, which is shooting for a seventh consecutive ACC championship, is ranked No. 2.

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In the last 10 seasons, only Alabama in 2017 was ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches Poll and went on to win the national championship. Clemson was the Coaches Poll Preseason No. 1 in 2020.

Oklahoma, which is led by Heisman Trophy favorite Spencer Rattler, received two first-place votes. Ohio State and Georgia rounded out the top five. Texas A&M is No. 6.

Notre Dame, the other CFP semifinalist from 2020,  plays four of the teams ranked in the top 15 in 2021. The Irish are ranked No. 7. College Football Playoff sleepers Iowa State, North Carolina and Cincinnati round out the top 10.

Here is a look at the full Coaches Poll:

2021 USA Today/AFCA Preseason Top 25

RankTeamPTS1st
1Alabama (63)1,62163
2Clemson1,5080
3Oklahoma (2)1,4812
4Ohio State1,4350
5Georgia1,3860
6Texas A&M1,2860
7Notre Dame1,1390
8Iowa State1,1310
9North Carolina9990
10Cincinnati9790
11Florida8700
12Oregon8420
13Louisiana State6640
14USC6550
15Wisconsin6540
16Miami5750
17Indiana5730
18Iowa5540
19Texas4270
20Penn State4220
21Washington4040
22Oklahoma State2160
23UL Lafayette1530
24Coastal Carolina1500
25Mississippi1490

Receiving votes: Utah 145; Northwestern 120; Arizona State 90; Auburn 84; Liberty 68; Brigham Young 53; Texas Christian 48; Michigan 30; Central Florida 29; NC State 27; Boise State 27; Kentucky 20; San Jose State 18; Army 13; Virginia Tech 9; Missouri 8; UCLA 7; Tulsa 6; Pittsburgh 6; Boston College 6; Houston 5; Ball State 5; West Virginia 4; Southern Methodist 4; Appalachian State 4; UAB 3; Arkansas 3; Nevada 2; Mississippi State 2; Air Force 2; Stanford 1; Marshall 1; Florida State 1; California 1.

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