Alabama Football Is Still The One!

Voters in the Associated Press and Coaches college football polls apparently were not overly distressed by Alabama being able to put away Virginia Tech by only 25 points in the season-opener last Saturday night in Atlanta.

Alabama is still the one – still number one in both polls by a comfortable margin. Coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide continued to get 58 first place votes in both the AP poll of sportswriters and broadcasters and the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today.

There were differences in the second place choices. Although Oregon did not receive a first place vote, the Ducks were second in the AP poll with Ohio State and Clemson – each with one first place vote – following in third and fourth. Stanford, which has not yet played this year, was No. 5 in the AP poll.

In the Coaches Poll, Alabama was followed by Ohio State, which had three first place votes, and then Oregon, Stanford, and Clemson.

Six, seven, and eight were the same in both polls – South Carolina, Texas A&M (which got one vote for number one from a coach), and Louisville.

There were only minor differences through the top 12 with AP having LSU ninth, Florida State 10th, Georgia 11th (the highest ranked 0-1 team), and Florida 12th. The Coaches had those spots Florida, FSU, LSU, Georgia.

The rest of the AP Poll was:

13. Oklahoma State, 14. Notre Dame, 15. Texas, 16. Oklahoma, 17. Michigan, 18. UCLA, 19. Northwestern, 20. Washington, 21. Wisconsin, 22. Nebraska, 23. Baylor, 24. TCU, 25. USC.

The Coaches had the final half of the poll:

13. Notre Dame, 14. OSU, 15. Oklahoma, 16. Texas, 17. Michigan, 18. UCLA, 19. Nebraska, 20. Northwestern, 21. Wisconsin, 22. Southern Cal, 23. Washington, 24. Miami, 25. TCU.

Ole Miss and Arkansas were in "others receiving votes" in both polls. And so was Virginia Tech, Bama's victim last Saturday.

Bama is off this week and resumes play on Sept. 14 at College Station against Texas A&M.

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