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For the third year in a row, Alabama is No. 1 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. Sports Illustrated disagrees.

The famous publication decided to stir the pot on Tuesday by releasing its annual Preseason Top 25 with the Clemson Tigers as the No. 1 team in nation and their cover for its historic magazine.

Brace yourselves, Crimson Tide fans.

Can you imagine the faces of Alabama fans right now? Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are at No. 2?

Oh, the horror.

Looks like it is time for Alabama-Clemson Part IV.

In all seriousness, though, preseason rankings are great. It gives those who create the rankings a template to work with and check back at the end of the season. It also gives the fans something to debate before the start of the season.

It’s a win-win scenario for everyone, and it’s not like Sports Illustrated made too many crazy claims the Coaches Poll didn’t. They had 21 of the same teams, for goodness’ sake.

SI just had a different order and decided to make Clemson the No. 1 team.

Here is SI’s Preseason Top 25:

1.  Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Wisconsin

4. Washingon

5. Oklahoma

6. Georgia

7. Penn State

8. Auburn

9. Ohio State

10. West Virginia

11. Michigan State

12. Stanford

13. Miami (FL)

14. TCU

15. Michigan

16. Notre Dame

17. UCF

18. Florida State

19. Arizona

20. Houston

21. Mississippi State

22. Texas

23. LSU

24. NC State

25. Florida Atlantic

Outside of the order, the difference between the two polls is SI chose Arizona, Houston, NC State, and Florida Atlantic over USC, Virginia Tech, Boise State, and Oklahoma State.

It’s spilled milk.

But, why Clemson? Why take the Tigers over Alabama after the Crimson Tide smacked them in the College Football Playoff semifinal last year?

A defensive stacked with a nasty defensive line featuring Christian Wilkins, Cellin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence and Austin Bryant, a bunch of playmakers on offense, and one heck of a coach in Dabo Swinney. That’s why.

So, let the debate rage on. We have a few more months before it gets settled.

READ MORE: Does Clemson Have a Legitimate Quarterback Controversy?

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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