Coaches rank Tide preseason No. 5

By Carl Prather

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is ranked fifth in the USA Today
preseason Top 25 college football coaches poll.

The Crimson Tide trailed only Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and
Southern California in the rankings released Friday but didn't
receive any first-place votes.

Alabama finished last season ranked
No. 6 in the poll.

Two other Southeastern Conference Western Division teams - LSU
and Mississippi - rounded out the Top 10. Georgia was 13th while no
other SEC teams were ranked.

Auburn received 12 points while Troy got one.

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