2010 USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll
McLEAN, Va. (Sports Network) - Defending national champion Alabama sits atop the preseason USA Today coaches' football poll.
Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram returns at running back for the Crimson Tide and quarterback Greg McElroy is also back, but nine starters are gone from the defensive side of the ball.
Alabama was not a unanimous choice as the top-ranked team, but did receive 55 of the 59 first-place votes and 1,469 points from a nationwide panel of coaches. Ohio State picked up the other four top tallies and sits second with 1,392 points.
Florida, minus quarterback Tim Tebow, is third, followed by Texas, which lost to Alabama in last year's national championship game. Boise State, which joined Alabama as the only undefeated teams in the nation last year, will start this season fifth.
Virginia Tech, which takes on Boise State to start the season in Washington, DC, is sixth and is followed by TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa. Nebraska will start its final season in the Big 12 before joining the Big Ten next year.
The second 10 consists of Oregon, Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State, Pittsburgh, LSU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Arkansas and Florida State.
Georgia, Oregon State, Auburn, Utah and West Virginia are the last five teams ranked. Utah and West Virginia tied for 24th.
Seven teams in the preseason poll were unranked at the end of last season.
The SEC is the top conference represented with six teams, while the ACC has five. The Big Ten is next with four teams and the Big 12 has three.