The surprise of the poll: Non-BCS heavyweight Boise State, which last lost a regular season game the same November weekend Alabama did in 2007, is No. 3—and received a first-place vote.
Other highs and lows of the AP preseason poll:
No.13 Miami: QB Jacory Harris will be one of the game’s new megastars.
No. 21 LSU: The Tigers are just one question—Can QB Jordan Jefferson emerge?—from being an SEC title-ready team.
No. 24 Oregon State: The Beavers are too talented and experienced, even with new QB Ryan Katz.