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Alabama football ranked No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll to start 2020 college football preseason

Alabama head coach Nick Saban thinking on the sideline versus Arkansas in 2017
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With fall camp starting in two weeks (August 17) for Southeastern Conference schools, the first preseason rankings for college football are out.

According to USA TODAY Sports, the Amway Coaches Poll released its Top-25 rankings on Thursday and the University of Alabama football program stands at No. 3. After not making the College Football Playoff last year for the first time since its inception in 2014, Alabama is focused on nothing less than winning a conference title and a national championship.

In entering his 14th year as head coach of the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban may have the toughest schedule of his tenure.

The SEC decided to go to a 10-game, conference-only schedule and along with Alabama, Georgia (No. 4), LSU (No. 5), Florida (No. 8), Auburn (No. 11) and Texas A&M (No. 13) all represent the conference in the Top-25.

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Saban and the Tide will face all five programs, as this year’s national champion must earn its way into the CFP.

Amway Coaches Poll Top-25 preseason rankings

1. Clemson

2. Ohio State

3. Alabama

4. Georgia

5. LSU

6. Oklahoma

7. Penn State

8. Florida

9. Oregon

10. Notre Dame

11. Auburn

12. Wisconsin

13. Texas A&M

14. Texas

15. Michigan

16. Oklahoma State

17. USC

18. Minnesota

19. North Carolina

20. Utah

21. UCF

22. Cincinnati

23. Iowa

24. Virginia Tech

25. Iowa State

Saban is going after a seventh national title, which would put him over the legendary Paul W. “Bear” Bryant.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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