Alabama makes more history with the latest Associated Press poll
Alabama has made a habit under Nick Saban of rewriting history. The Crimson Tide did it again this week when they were ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll.
That ranking gives them 56 consecutive weeks in the AP top five, according to the SEC Network, which is the longest streak in AP poll history. This comes after they started last season at No. 1, and the SEC Network said at the time that it was only team to be ranked in the top three in the AP preseason poll for nine consecutive seasons, a streak that began in 2010, when they were coming off their first of five national titles under Nick Saban.
This preseason, though, Clemson snapped a record-tying string of three straight years in which Alabama was the preseason No. 1.
There have been 11 straight AP preseason polls where Alabama has been in the top five, which ties the longest such streak in poll history. Florida State had an 11-year streak in the preseason top five from 1990 through 2000. The most recent preseason poll that didn’t include Alabama in the top five was 2008, when the Crimson Tide opened at No. 24.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 3, 2019