College Football Roundup: Alabama opens No. 1 in AP poll

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Not surprisingly, Alabama starts off the 2013 season as the No.1-ranked team in the nation.
The Crimson Tide were given the top spot in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll, which was released Saturday. Alabama ended last season No. 1 as it won its second straight BCS championship. The Tide will try to win an unprecedented three titles in a row.
Alabama received 58 of 60 first-place votes. Alabama matched Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.
No. 2 Ohio State received one first-place vote. Rounding out the top five were No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Georgia, which received the remaining first-place vote.

---Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Saturday that cornerback Bradley Roby and running back Rod Smith have been suspended.
Both will miss the season opener against visiting Buffalo on Aug. 31.
Roby was suspended following his July arrest for his role in a bar fight in Bloomington, Ind. Friday, he had a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery reduced to a Class B disorderly conduct.
Previously, running back Carlos Hyde was suspended the first three games of the season after he was accused of assaulting a woman, but did not face charges.

---Auburn dismissed safety Demetruce McNeal from the program on Saturday after he was arrested on a marijuana charge.
McNeal, the Tigers' leading returning tackler, was charged with misdemeanor second degree marijuana possession, according to the the Opelika-Auburn News. He was booked into the Lee County Detention Center early Saturday morning.
Coach Gus Malzahn met with McNeal and told him he had decided to remove him from the team. McNeal was not at Auburn's early Saturday practice. He made 19 starts during the previous two seasons and had 90 tackles in 2012.