Alabama Continues Atop Football Polls
On a Saturday when many of the top teams ran roughshod over inferior competition, Alabama was less than impressive in defeating Colorado State, 31-6, in the Bryant-Denny Stadium opener for the Crimson Tide. Still, in the fifth week of football, Bama received 56 of 60 first place votes in the Associated Press rankings and 59 of 62 voted in the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today to maintain the top spot, as has been the case since the pre-season.
Last week Bama had 59 of 60 first place votes in the AP poll and 61 of 62 from Coaches.
On Saturday, the news was how many ranked teams were playing cupcakes, and the results were predictable for many – routs by the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, and Florida State.
This week, Alabama will be hosting a ranked team when the Crimson Tide hosts Ole Miss, holding down the 21st spot. The Rebels had an open date Saturday.
The top ten teams in both the AP and Coaches polls were the same, although the order slightly different. Oregon was number two in both polls and received the four AP votes and the three Coaches votes not awarded to Alabama.
In the AP poll, Clemson was third and Ohio State fourth, while the coaches had the Buckeyes third, the Tigers fourth. Six through eight in both rankings had it LSU, Louisville, FSU. Two Southeastern Conference teams, Georgia and Texas A&M were in spots nine and ten, the Bulldogs ninth by the AP, the Aggies ninth by the coaches.
In addition to the four SEC teams in the top 10 and Mississippi at 21st, South Carolina was 12th in the AP and 13th in the Coaches Poll, Florida 19th in the Coaches and 20th in the AP. Missouri was among those in the "Others receiving votes" category in both polls.
Virginia Tech, Alabama's season-opening opponent, was also among those receiving votes.
Alabama has been ranked in 697 of the 1,059 AP polls since 1936. The Crimson Tide owns a 421-122-8 record (.771 percentage) in games when ranked by the AP. Under Coach Nick Saban, Bama has a 63-10 record (.863 percentage) when ranked.
Alabama has been ranked in the AP poll for a school record 85 consecutive weeks.
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