The Tide have been ranked first by the coaches three previous times since 1991, but none of those seasons, including past year, resulted in No. 1 finishes.
A lot of familiar names follow the Tide near the top of the rankings.
As expected, Alabama is No. 1 in the rankings, while Florida State and 2017 Rose Bowl champion Southern California are No. 3 and 4, respectively.
Alabama was picked No. 1 in the poll, garnering 49 first-place votes.
The Jackets' other five opponents are Jacksonville State, Central Florida, Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke. The voters must realize that though MI did lose a ton of starters, they do have plenty of talent returning that played big roles on the 2016 team, not to mention, one heck of an incoming class of freshman including the "Fab Five 2.0". The Seminoles received four first-place votes. The SEC leads all conferences with six ranked teams. He will have a core of young talent on defense, including 10 returning starters and greater depth.
A sure sign of college football's imminent arrival is the preseason top 25 polls.
As for Big 12 schools, Oklahoma was eighth, Oklahoma State was 11th, Kansas State was 19th and West Virginia was 20th.
The top of the coaches poll offered few surprises. Ohio State is No. 2, while MI and Wisconsin rank No. 9 and 10, respectively.
Boise State is second among Group of Five teams, behind only No. 21 South Florida.
Notable by its absence from the poll is Notre Dame. Georgia is ranked 15th, and Tech ranked among those in the "also receiving votes" category (18th among those teams).