Last year’s king of college football is back on top of the preseason polls, as we get closer and closer to the start of the season. USAToday’s first poll of the upcoming college football season hit the stands today, and as expected, the team looking down on everybody else is the Alabama Crimson Tide. Bama received 55 first place votes, while the second-ranked team, Ohio State, received four.
Rounding out the top five are Florida, Texas, and everybody’s favorite non-automatic qualifier, upstart Boise State. The high preseason ranking makes Boise State’s road to the BCS trophy a little easier to achieve, provided they survive the Virginia Tech season opener.
As for the Tide, Nick Saban returns a powerful team, especially on the offensive side of the ball, which features eight returning starters , including Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram. Provided the defense performs up to Saban’s standards — not a certainty, considering the turnover; but then again, that’s what all of those monster recruiting classes are for — Alabama is in a great position to repeat as BCS Champions.
Granted, they have to survive a fairly brutal schedule that includes games against Penn State, at Arkansas, a visit from a non-Tim Tebow Florida, and trips to Tennessee and LSU on back-to-back weekends. It’s safe to say if Bama finishes the season with an unblemished record, they’ll be at the top of the BCS rankings.
By a wide margin.
The question I’m left asking is, if they do win multiple championships, will Alabama build multiple Nick Saban statues?