Alabama atop USA Today's preseason poll

The Crimson Tide opens up against Virginia Tech on Aug. 31.

POSTED: 01:01 PM EDT Aug 01, 2013 
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Alabama, which is Virginia Tech’s season-opening opponent, is atop USA Today’s preseason poll.

The two-time defending champs received 58 of the 62 first-place votes. Ohio State is ranked No. 2. Texas A&M received one first-place vote.

The Hokies were not ranked in the top 25, but received the 30th-most votes.

Clemson is the highest-ranked ACC team at No. 8.

Virginia Tech and Alabama open the season Aug. 31 in Atlanta.

Click here to see USA Today's complete poll.