TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team is ranked 24th in the USA Today Coaches' 2006 Preseason College Football Poll announced Friday. The Crimson Tide received 210 points in the poll, ranking slightly ahead of 25th-ranked Texas Tech, which the Tide defeated in the 2006 Cotton Bowl game to close a 10-2 season.
Alabama placed just six points behind Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee in the rankings. The Volunteers enter the season 23rd with 216 points in the rankings. Ohio State is the poll's No. 1 team with 28 first-place votes and 1,487 points, just ahead of defending national champion Texas at No. 2 with 1,378 points. Notre Dame and Southern California tied for third as both received 1,348 points.
Auburn is the highest ranked team from the SEC, ranking sixth in the initial poll. Florida comes in at No. 8, LSU at No. 9 and Georgia at No. 14. Arkansas and South Carolina both received votes in the survey, but did not crack the top 25.
The Crimson Tide finished the 2005 season ranked eighth in the USA Today Coaches' Poll after ending the year 10-2 overall, 6-2 in the SEC.
A panel of 63 collegiate head coaches from across the nation vote in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.