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Alabama football ranked No. 3 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll

Brett Hudson
The Tuscaloosa News

This story was originally published on Aug. 6, 2020.

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.

Jul 17, 2019; Birmingham, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks with the media during SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency-Birmingham. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

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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