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Auburn, Alabama both open season in Top 10 for only 4th time

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 Alabama and Auburn are no strangers to going into seasons ranked in the top 10 - just not at the same time.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 6 Tigers shared that lofty preseason billing in the Associated Press ranking Sunday for the first time since 1995 and only the fourth time in the storied rivalry.

The only other times it happened were in 1964 and 1975.

Both of those involved likely the most revered coaches in the respective programs' history - Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant and Auburn's Ralph "Shug" Jordan, both Hall of Famers.

Recent history indicates the No. 2 ranking is a good spot for Alabama. That's where the Tide's 2011 and 2012 national title teams opened.