Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Alabama Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll. (Photo by UA Athletics)

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Alabama Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll.

The three certainties of life these days seem to be death, taxes and the University

of Alabama atop the first preseason poll of the year, released Thursday.

The Amway Coaches Poll has the defending national champion Crimson Tide

as the overwhelming No. 1 choice in America.

The Tide, which beat Georgia in a thrilling nation- al championship game in January, is expected to have one of the best offenses in coach Nick Saban’s 12-year run at Alabama.

Alabama received 61 of 65 first-place votes.

Four weeks from today (Saturday), the college foot- ball season will begin with a weekend filled with top-tier matchups, including the Tide playing Louisville in Orlando.

Alabama was one of five SEC teams to be selected in the poll. Georgia came in at No. 2 with Auburn No. 10. Mississippi State, which will be playing its first season under coach Joe Moorhead, came in at No. 18, while LSU checked in at No. 24.

The opening weekend of the season — Sept. 1 — will feature a matchup of No.

6 Washington and No. 10 Auburn in Atlanta, No. 14 Michigan at No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 8 Miami vs. No. 24 LSU, which will be played on Sunday.

Ole Miss opens the season on Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. against Texas Tech in Houston.

Southern Miss will host Jackson State at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1, while Miss. State hosts Stephen F. Austin at 6:30.

The Associated Press will release its preseason Top 25 on Aug. 20, followed the next day by its preseason All-America team.

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