Both the Associated Press poll of sportswriters and broadcasters and the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today have Alabama number one with almost all of the first place votes. Texas A&M received one first place vote in the Coaches Poll. The Aggies are ranked sixth in the nation in both polls.
This is the most anticipated week of the 2013 college football season, the match of Alabama and Texas A&M in what would seem to be a key game in the Southeastern Conference Western Division and perhaps for the national championship. Kickoff Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station will be at 2:30 p.m. CDT with CBS televising the game.
Coach Nick Saban’s Alabama was number one in pre-season polls, opened the season with a 35-10 win over Virginia Tech in Atlanta, and had a bye in the second week of the season. Texas A&M has wins over Rice and Sam Houston State, both at Kyle field and the Aggies feature Johnny Manziel, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner as a freshman. Texas A&M was the lone team to defeat Alabama last year as the Crimson Tide won its second consecutive national championship and third in four years.
Alabama had 57 of the 60 votes in the AP poll with one each going to No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Clemson, and No. 4 Ohio State. The Tide had 58 of the 62 votes from the coaches with one going to No. 2 Oregon, two to No. 3 Ohio State, and one to the Aggies.
The 25 ranked teams in both polls were the same teams, but slightly different orders.
In the AP poll, it was 1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Clemson, 4. Ohio State, 5. Stanford, 6. Texas A&M, 7. Louisville, 8. LSU, 9. Georgia, 10. Florida State, 11. Michigan, 12. Oklahoma State, 13. South Carolina, 14. Oklahoma, 15. Miami, 16. UCLA, 17. Northwestern, 18. Florida, 19. Washington, 20. Wisconsin, 21. Notre Dame, 22. Baylor, 23. Nebraska, 24. TCU, and 25. Ole Miss.
The Coaches Poll had 1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Ohio State, 4. Stanford, 5. Clemson, 6. Texas A&M, 7. Louisville, 8. LSU, 9. Florida State, 10. Georgia, 11. Oklahoma State, 12. Michigan, 13. Oklahoma, 14. South Carolina, 15. Nebraska, 16. Northwestern, 17.l UCLA, 18. Wisconsin and Miami tied, 20. Florida, 21. Notre Dame, 22. Baylor, 23 Washington, 24. TCU, and 25. Ole Miss.
Virginia Tech was the equivalent of 31st in the AP poll and 35th in the Coaches rankings.
In addition to the seven SEC teams ranked in the top 25, Tennessee was receiving votes in both polls and in the Coaches Poll Arkansas received support.