Alabama No. 1 in ESPN’s and College Football America Yearbook’s 2021 Preseason Power Rankings

Nick Saban, Alabama head coach

Alabama is No. 1 in ESPN’s 2021 Preseason Power Rankings, matching the No. 1 ranking the Crimson Tide received in the 2021 College Football America Yearbook Preseason FBS Top 30.

The Crimson Tide are coming off a season in which they won the national championship for the sixth time under head coach Nick Saban. While Alabama sent six players to the NFL via first-round picks, the Tide still have a wealth of talent returning to Tuscaloosa. So it’s no big surprise that both ESPN.com and the College Football America Yearbook have both teams at the top of their preseason rankings.

ESPN has Oklahoma at No. 2, Clemson at No. 3, Georgia at No. 4, Ohio State at No. 5, Texas A&M at No. 6, Iowa State at No. 7, Oregon at No. 8, Notre Dame at No. 9 and North Carolina at No. 10.

The College Football America Yearbook ranked Clemson at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 Oregon in its full preseason FBS Top 130, which ranks ever team in the country.

After the Top 10, ESPN had Cincinnati at No. 11, Florida at No. 12, USC at No. 13, LSU at No. 14, Miami (FL) at No. 15, Wisconsin at No. 16, Indiana at No. 17, Iowa at No. 18, Washington at No. 19, Penn State at No. 20, Texas at No. 21, Coastal Carolina at No. 22, Louisiana at No. 23, Ole Miss at No. 24 and Arizona State at No. 25.

The College Football America Yearbook Top 25 included No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 12 Miami (FL), No. 13 LSU, No. 14 Iowa, No. 15 Cincinnati, No. 16 North Carolina, No. 17 USC, No. 18 Indiana, No. 19 Washington, No. 20 Utah, No. 21 Penn State, No. 22 Texas, No. 23 Michigan, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Boise State.

The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

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