CBS Sports has released its 2013 preseason rankings, and there’s a shocker at No. 1

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2013 Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. Texas A&M won 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

CBS Sports has released its preseason top 25 as teams begin gearing up major recruiting efforts and spring practices.

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However, despite the Alabama Crimson Tide having won three of the nation’s previous four national championships, senior college football analyst Dennis Dodd is not ready to give coach Nick Saban’s bunch the benefit of the doubt.

Read on — there’s a surprise awaiting you, the erstwhile college sports fan, at the bottom of the page.

25. BYU Cougars

24. Ole Miss Rebels

23. Northern Illinois Huskies

22. Nebraska Cornhuskers

21. Oklahoma State Cowboys

20. Oklahoma Sooners

19. Kansas State Wildcats

18. TCU Horned Frogs

17. LSU Tigers

16. Northwestern Wildcats

15. Boise State Broncos

14. Oregon State Beavers

13. Florida State Seminoles

12. Texas Longhorns

11. Louisville Cardinals

10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

9. Clemson Tigers

8. Florida Gators

7. South Carolina Gamecocks

6. Georgia Bulldogs

5. Oregon Ducks

4. Ohio State Buckeyes

3. Stanford Cardinal

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

1. Texas A&M Aggies

Surprised? So is quarterback AJ McCarron and the rest of the Tide, we’re sure. At the very least, Nick Saban can use this to motivate his guys, that’s for sure.

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