It will take some time for Alabama fans to get over the sting from Monday’s loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game. So don’t punch your TV or do anything else stupid. When your dog gets hungry, it will eat.
It could be worse. Much worse.
Instead, within hours of losing 35-31 on a touchdown pass with 1 second remaining, Alabama found itself almost unanimously being anointed as the team to beat in 2017. SEC Country believes Nick Saban’s team, with all it has returning and another No. 1 recruiting class, is the team to beat.
We found 14 preseason Top 25 rankings — you know, the way-too-early types — and packaged them right here for you. As you can see, the country still thinks highly of the Crimson Tide.
Of the 14 polls, 12 rank Alabama as its No. 1 team. The other team have the Tide at No. 2.
|SEC Country||1||ALA, Ohio St., Penn St., Clemson, FSU|
|ESPN*||1||ALA, FSU, USC, Penn St., Clemson|
|Sports Illustrated||1||ALA, USC, Penn St., FSU, LSU|
|Sporting News||1||ALA, USC, Clemson, Ohio St., FSU|
|Fox Sports||1||ALA, Ohio St., Clemson, USC, FSU|
|CBS Sports||1||ALA, Ohio St., FSU, Oklahoma, USC|
|SB Nation||1||ALA, Ohio St., USC, FSU, Penn St.|
|The Big Lead||1||ALA, Ohio St., Clemson, Washington, USC|
|Campus Insiders||1||ALA, Ohio St., FSU, Oklahoma St., USC|
|Pro Football Focus||1||ALA, USC, Ohio St., Oklahoma, Clemson|
|USA Today||2||FSU, ALA, Ohio St., Michigan, USC|
|Athlon Sports||1||ALA, Ohio St., FSU, Penn St., USC|
|College Football Talk||2||USC, ALA, FSU, Oklahoma, Washington|
|AL.com||1||ALA, Ohio St., FSU, USC, Clemson|
* ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach