Countdown to kickoff: 45


From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 45 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

When it comes to national recognition, the University of Alabama has never been left wanting attention. The football program and its 14 national championships have a spot alongside powerhouse programs like Texas, Southern Cal and Florida. Since the start of the Associated Press poll, UA has been placed in the top 25 of preseason rankings 45 times.

Only Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Ohio State and Oklahoma can lay claim to more top 25 starts.

Alabama has made well on the early predictions, too. Forty-nine times the Crimson Tide have placed in the final top 25 AP Poll of the season. Neither the Texas Longhorns, Florida Gators or USC Trojans can lay claim to as many top 25 finishes.

Here a glimpse at how some of the top programs in the country have fared in the AP Poll: