No need to overthink it: Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason Top 25.
The Crimson Tide became the first program in 12 years to take the top spot in The Associated Press preseason media poll two straight years, and will start the season ranked in the top five for the ninth consecutive time.
Coach Nick Saban's program has become the surest thing in sports these days. The Tide does not always win the national championship - just half the time over the last eight years - but is always in contention. Since 2008, only once has Alabama lost more than one game before bowl season.