For just the second time since 2010, the University of Alabama does not have a top two team in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll.
The preseason poll, released Thursday, has UA ranked No. 3, behind No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Ohio State. The SEC is well represented behind UA with No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 LSU, No. 8 Florida, No. 11 Auburn and No. 13 Texas A&M.
The only other time this decade UA started the season outside the top two was when it was No. 3 in 2015.
UA received four first-place votes yet finished two spots ahead of LSU, which claimed six first-place votes. Clemson had 38 first-place votes and Ohio State had 17.
UA coach Nick Saban is one of the 65 coaches with a ballot.
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