Notre Dame ranked No. 9 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

The coaches have spoken.

Notre Dame was ranked No. 9 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, which was released on Thursday. 

Reigning national champion Alabama was ranked No. 1 with 1585 total points and 55 first place votes. Clemson, the national runner-up last season, was slotted at No. 2 with 1524 points and seven first place votes.

Of the teams that lost three games in 2015, Florida State (No. 4), LSU (No. 6) and Michigan (No. 8) were ranked higher than Notre Dame.

Three of Notre Dame's 2016 opponents were ranked in the top 25: Stanford at No. 7, Michigan State at No. 11 and USC at No. 17.

Notre Dame opens fall practice in Culver, Ind., on Saturday morning.

Check out the full rankings here.

Notre Dame lands at No. 9 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll.

— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) August 4, 2016

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly leads his team onto the field before the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring football game on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN