<p>Anxious players, proud parents and curious coaches all descended on the Texas A&M campus Saturday…
Fortunately, that has not been an issue for Alabama. When this week's polls came out, the Crimson Tide still had 55 first place votes in the Associated Press poll of sportswriters and broadcasters and was number one in the nation. Oregon had the other five first place votes and was second. In the USA Today Poll of coaches, Bama picked up a first place vote from the Ducks for 58 of the 62. Oregon had three and Clemson had the other.
Bama is coming off a 48-7 win over unranked Kentucky. This week the Crimson Tide hosts unranked Arkansas in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
This time a week ago, Georgia was seventh in both polls. The AP had Missouri 25th, the Coaches among "Others receiving votes." After the Tigers went between the hedges and clawed the Bulldogs by 41-26, Missouri moved up to 14th in both rankings and Georgia fell to 15th in the AP poll, 16th in the Coaches rankings.
It didn't work quite so smoothly in a couple of other big upsets. Stanford was fifth in both polls a week ago and Utah was not mentioned in either poll. After the Utes took a 27-21 win over the Cardinal Saturday, Utah (4-2) is now receiving votes in both polls. Stanford fell to 13th in both rankings.
Texas was not receiving votes in either poll, either, but when the Longhorns downed 12th ranked Oklahoma Saturday, Texas did begin receiving votes in both polls this week. Oklahoma fell to 18th in both rankings.
The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the top ten of the Coaches Poll, three in the AP top ten. In addition to No. 1 Bama, the Coaches voted Texas A&M seventh, LSU eighth, and South Carolina ninth. The AP had LSU sixth, the Aggies seventh, and South Carolina 11th.
In addition to those four, Missouri, and Georgia, the SEC has Florida 22nd in both rankings. The AP poll has Auburn 24th, while the Tigers are among "Others receiving votes" in the eyes of the Coaches. Ole Miss is also receiving votes in the Coaches Poll.
As for the rest of the top ten, the AP has it No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Florida State, No. 8 Louisville, No. 9 UCLA, and No. 10 Miami. The Coaches had Alabama and Oregon followed by 3. Ohio State, 4. Clemson, 5. FSU, 6. Louisville, and 10. UCLA.
Alabama's season-opening opponent, Virginia Tech, was out of the polls after Bama's 35-10 win in the Kickoff Classic in Atlanta, but the Hokies haven't lost since and that 6-1 record has them 19th in the AP Poll, 20rth in the Coaches.