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Alabama Solidifies Number One Rank
Posted Sep 15, 2013
Go on the road and beat a top ten team and there is a reward, although the reward was relatively slight because there was little room for improvement for Alabama. Nevertheless, Bama is more firmly entrenched at the top of the national polls this week.
’s 49-42 win over then sixth-ranked
in College Station Saturday night, there was some conversation that perhaps the Crimson Tide was not the best team in college football. The real discussion should have been whether the Aggies should have been dropped in the rankings.
Only one sportswriter in the Associated Press poll and only one coach in the USA Today Coaches Poll had reservations about number one. Alabama received 59 of the 60 first place votes in the AP poll and 61 of the 62 in the Coaches Poll.
To say that Bama passed a tough test is an understatement. Texas A&M has an exceptionally good team with returning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Although the polls are not particularly important after three weeks, there seems some injustice that the Aggies were dropped from sixth to 10th in the AP poll and to ninth in the Coaches rankings.
got one first place vote in each poll and is second in both.
As is usual, the polls have the same top ten teams, but not in exactly the same order.
is third in the AP poll and fourth by the Coaches, which has
third. The Buckeyes are fourth in the AP poll.
is fifth in both.
seventh by the AP, reversed in the Coaches.
is eighth in both.
swaps places with A&M, ninth in the AP rankings, 10th in the coaches.
In addition to Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Texas A&M being in the top 10, the Southeastern Conference is represented by
(12th in the AP, 13th in the Coaches),
(19th AP, 18th Coaches), and
(21st AP, 22nd Coaches).
was among “Others receiving votes” in both rankings.
, Bama’s first game victim, is also among those teams receiving votes, but not in the top 25.
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