Bama Still The One In College Polls

Posted Oct 6, 2013

A stroll in the park 45-3 win over Georgia State did nothing to diminish or embellish the national standing of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. To be sure, there was not much that could be done to enhance Bama’s position, which has been number one in all polls since the end of the 2012 season – when the Crimson Tide won its second consecutive national championship and third in four years.

Alabama raised its record to 5-0 – which is not particularly special considering the top six teams and 16 in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll and 15 in the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today – are undefeated. Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide continued its dominant position with 55 of the 60 AP first place votes and 57 of the 62 first place votes in the Coaches Poll.

Oregon has been the number two team for several weeks and continues to be second best in receiving first place votes, albeit a distant second to Bama. The Ducks got all five of the first place votes not awarded to Coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide in the AP rankings and four of the Coaches votes. The other first place vote in the Coaches Poll went to Clemson, which is third in the AP poll, fourth in the Coaches rankings.

Ohio State held the third spot in the Coaches rankings and was fourth by AP.

Both rankings had the same nine teams in the top nine – Stanford, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, and Texas A&M all holding down spots five through nine in that order.

The AP had LSU 10th, while the Coaches gave the final spot in the top ten to Oklahoma. LSU was 11th in the Coaches Poll and Oklahoma was 12th by AP.

There were minor variations through the top 25, but all the same teams with the exception of Missouri being 25th in the AP poll and not in the Coaches rankings and Nebraska being 24th in the Coaches poll and not in the AP 25.

Also from the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina was 14th in the AP poll and 12th in the Coaches, and Florida was 17th in both ratings.

Virginia Tech, Bama’s opponent in the season-opening game, was 24th by AP and 25th by the Coaches.

Auburn was among those in the “others receiving votes” in both polls and Ole Miss, which was 24th last week was a vote-getter in the AP poll.

The complete AP top 25 was 1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Clemson, 4. Ohio State, 5. Stanford, 6. FSU, 7. Georgia, 8. Louisville, 9. Texas A&M, 10. LSU, 11. UCLA, 12. Oklahoma, 13. Miami, 14. South Carolina, 15. Baylor, 16. Washington, 17. Florida, 18. Michigan, 19. Northwestern, 20. Texas Tech, 21. Fresno State, 22. Oklahoma State, 23. Northern Illinois, 24. Virginia Tech, 25. Missouri.

The Coaches had it 1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Ohio State. 4. Clemson, 5. Stanford, 6. Florida State, 7. Georgia, 8. Louisville, 9. Texas A&M, 10. Oklahoma, 11. LSU, 12. South Carolina, 13. UCLA, 14. Miami, 15. Baylor, 16. Michigan, 17. Florida, 18. Northwestern, 19. Washington, 20. Oklahoma State, 21. Texas Tech, 22. Fresno State, 23. Northern Illinois, 24. Nebraska, 25. Virginia Tech.

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