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Alabama No. 1 in coaches' poll

Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 atop the USA Today pre-season coaches' college football poll.

The Crimson Tide is one of six Southeastern Conference teams in the Top 25, joined by No. 3 Florida, No. 16 Louisiana State, No. 19 Arkansas, No. 21 Georgia and No. 23 Auburn.

Three additional SEC teams are among the 28 schools also receiving votes: Mississippi, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

The only three league schools not represented in the poll are Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

No. 15 Pittsburgh and No. 24 West Virginia are the only Big East teams in the Top 25. Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Florida also received votes. Louisville did not.

Alabama got 55 of 59 possible first-place votes. The other four went to Ohio State, which is No. 2 in the newspaper's ranking.

Florida is third, followed by Texas, which lost to Alabama in the BCS title game in January.

Boise State will begin the season ranked No. 5. The Broncos, like Alabama, finished last season 14-0. They beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.

Virginia Tech is sixth, followed by TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa to round out the top 10.

Nos. 11-15 are Oregon, Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State and Pittsburgh. They are followed by LSU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Arkansas and Florida State, which will be without Bobby Bowden as coach for the first time in 35 years.

Georgia is No. 21, Oregon State No. 22, Auburn No. 23 and Utah and West Virginia tied for No. 24.

The coaches' poll is part of the BCS formula used to determine its national champion.

USA Today Top 25

The USA Today Pre-season Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2009 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and ranking in the final 2009 poll:

2009 Total 2009

Team record points rank

1. Alabama (55) 14-0 1,469 1

2. Ohio State (4) 11-2 1,392 5

3. Florida 13-1 1,245 3

4. Texas 13-1 1,240 2

5. Boise State 14-0 1,215 4

6. Virginia Tech 10-3 1,052 10

7. TCU 12-1 1,051 6

8. Oklahoma 8-5 1,035 NR

9. Nebraska 10-4 1,001 14

10. Iowa 11-2 952 7

11. Oregon 10-3 940 11

12. Wisconsin 10-3 778 16

13. Miami (Fla.) 9-4 728 19

14. Penn State 11-2 508 8

15. Pittsburgh 10-3 492 15

16. LSU 9-4 476 17

17. Georgia Tech 11-3 455 13

18. North Carolina 8-5 445 NR

19. Arkansas 8-5 438 NR

20. Florida State 7-6 374 NR

21. Georgia 8-5 312 NR

22. Oregon State 8-5 263 NR

23. Auburn 8-5 260 NR

24 (tie). West Virginia 9-4 169 22

24 (tie). Utah 10-3 169 18

Others receiving votes (with 2009 records): Cincinnati (12-1) 135; Houston (10-4) 76; Brigham Young (11-2) 66; Arizona (8-5) 65; Mississippi (9-4) 48; Clemson (9-5) 44; Stanford (8-5) 41; Connecticut (8-5) 40; Notre Dame (6-6) 38; South Carolina (7-6) 38; Washington (5-7) 26; Missouri (8-5) 23; Navy (10-4) 12; Oklahoma State (9-4) 11; Boston College (8-5) 10; Michigan State (6-7) 10; Arizona State (4-8) 6; California (8-5) 6; Texas Tech (9-4) 5; South Florida (8-5) 4; Texas A&M (6-7) 3; Northwestern (8-5) 2; Temple (9-4) 2; Central Michigan (12-2) 1; Mississippi State (5-7) 1; Nevada (8-5) 1; Northern Illinois (7-6) 1; Southern Methodist (8-5) 1.

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