Alabama tops Athlon Sports’ preseason top 25 rankings

The Alabama Crimson Tide won its fourth national championship in the last seven seasons in 2015 and it looks like they are favored to do so again in the 2016 season. Alabama topped Athlon Sports’ preseason top 25 rankings released on Monday.

Athlon’s preseason rankings features most of the teams many analysts have looked at as the top teams to watch going into the season. The Crimson Tide return a lot of their dominant defense and have the top recruiting class, so it should come as no surprise that they are sitting at the top of the rankings right now.

Six teams from the SEC appear on their list with four in the top ten, while the PAC-12 comes in at a close second with five teams in the top 25.

You can read the full list below.

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Michigan
6. Oklahoma
7. Tennessee
8. Notre Dame
9. LSU
10. Ole Miss
11. Washington
12. Stanford
13. Michigan State
14. Baylor
15. UCLA
16. Houston
17. Georgia
18. TCU
19. Louisville
20. Iowa
21. Florida
22. North Carolina
23. USC
24. Oregon
25. Oklahoma State

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