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First Coaches Poll released: Alabama earns the dreaded No. 1 spot.

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Man, I hate being No. 1 at the beginning of the season.

16 going on 17.
16 going on 17.
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1 Alabama Crimson Tide 0-0 1585 55 NR

2 Clemson Tigers 0-0 1524 7 NR

3 Oklahoma Sooners 0-0 1398 0 NR

4 Florida State Seminoles 0-0 1351 1 NR

5 Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 1321 0 NR

6 LSU Tigers 0-0 1241 0 NR

7 Stanford Cardinal 0-0 1149 0 NR

8 Michigan Wolverines 0-0 1062 0 NR

9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0-0 1034 0 NR

10 Tennessee Volunteers 0-0 960 1 NR

11 Michigan State Spartans 0-0 901 0 NR

12 Ole Miss Rebels 0-0 792 0 NR

13 Houston Cougars 0-0 668 0 NR

14 TCU Horned Frogs 0-0 649 0 NR

15 Iowa Hawkeyes 0-0 579 0 NR

16 Georgia Bulldogs 0-0 525 0 NR

17 USC Trojans 0-0 468 0 NR

18 Washington Huskies 0-0 454 0 NR

19 Oklahoma State Cowboys 0-0 426 0 NR

20 North Carolina Tar Heels 0-0 422 0 NR

21 Baylor Bears 0-0 383 0 NR

22 Oregon Ducks 0-0 361 0 NR

23 Louisville Cardinals 0-0 331 0 NR

24 UCLA Bruins 0-0 296 0 NR

25 Florida Gators 0-0 245 0 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Miami (Fla.) 120; Wisconsin 82; Utah 73; Boise State 73; Washington State 47; Texas A&M 37; Texas 34; Arkansas 34; Northwestern 31; Navy 30; Mississippi State 19; San Diego State 18; Nebraska 17; Auburn 17; Western Kentucky 11; Pittsburgh 8; Brigham Young 6; Appalachian State 4; Duke 3; Arizona 2; Marshall 2; Toledo 2; South Florida 2; Memphis 1; Indiana 1; Northern Illinois 1.

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A lot of weird stuff to unpack in this one. First, is the placement of FSU at No. 4. When last we saw the 'Noles, they were getting obliterated by Houston, and losing Jalen Ramsey and having an unsettled QB doesn't make them better.  You could say the same for the Buckeyes. The voters know Urban lost about 11 starters, right? No clue what voters see from Sparty at 11 either.

Anyway, quibble on below. I'd have rather had the bullet on Clemson and the nation's No. 1 player, Deshaun Watson, personally.