Tide Increases Hold On No. 1

Kevin Norwood

Although the only poll that matters at the end is the Bowl Championship Series standings – and then only for two teams insofar as the national championship is concerned. But we go through the season with the Associated Press and Coaches polls, which are excellent indicators. The Coaches poll, too, is one of the factors in the BCS standings.



Alabama's 38-17 win over LSU in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night gave the Crimson Tide a little more of a stronghold on first place in both polls. Bama, ranked first in the nation going into the game, improved its record to 9-0 with the win over the previously 10th ranked Tigers.

Moreover, Alabama received more first place votes this week in the AP and Coaches polls than in the previous week.

Bama, which was number one in both polls in the pre-season and has maintained that position throughout the season, received 56 votes in the AP polls of sportswriters and broadcasters this week, four more than a week ago. Florida State, which had three first place votes, had six a week earlier. Oregon, defeated by Stanford in a Thursday night game, had six first place votes a week ago and, of course, none this week.

In the Coaches poll, the Tide had 54 first place votes last week, 58, this week. FSU had the other four firsts this week, one more than last week. Oregon lost its five first place votes.

Both polls had the same teams one through five – Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor, and Stanford.

The AP poll had Auburn sixth, Clemson seventh, Missouri ninth, and Texas A&M 10th. The Coaches Poll had s second five of Clemson sixth, Oregon seventh, Missouri eighth, Auburn ninth, and Oklahoma State 10th.

A&M was 11th in the Coaches poll, while South Carolina was 11th in the AP rankings. LSU fellto 18th in both polls. Georgia is 25th in the AP.

Also from the Southeastrn Conference, Ole Miss was among those receiving votes.

This week Alabama heads to Mississippi State. Game time (either 6 p.m. CST or 6:45) and network (either ESPN or ESPN2) will be announced Monday.

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