Tide Stays On Top In Football Polls

There has been plenty of talk in the first month of the college football season that this Alabama doesn't look like the Crimson Tide that won the 2012 national championship. Or the 2011 national championship. Or the 2009 national championship. And a lot of that talk has been coming from the man who knows the team best.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban has expressed time and again that this is a new Crimson Tide team, one that is searching for its own identity, one that is perhaps struggling with team chemistry. Nevertheless, Bama continues to win, moving to 4-0 with Saturday's 25-0 win over Ole Miss, which had been ranked 21st in both the Associated Press Top 25 rankings by sportswriters and broadcasters and the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today.

And Alabama continues to be ranked number one in both polls, as has been the case since the pre-season poll.

But there has been a little slippage.

In this week's AP poll, Alabama received 55 of the 60 first place votes with the other five going to Oregon, which is second in both polls. In the Coaches Poll, Bama received 59 of the 62 first place votes with Oregon getting two and Clemson receiving one.

The top teams are generally the same, though in slightly different orders.

The AP poll has Clemson third and Ohio State fourth, while the order is reversed for those two in the Coaches rankings. Both polls have 5. Stanford, 6. Georgia, 7. Louisville, 8. Florida State, and 9. Texas A&M. The AP poll has LSU 10th, Oklahoma 11th, while the Coaches have the Sooners 10th, the Fighting Tigers 11th.

In addition to Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, and LSU, the SEC is represented by South Carolina (13 AP, 12 Coaches), Florida (18 AP, 19 Coaches), and Ole Miss (24 in AP, but dropped from the Coaches top 25 to 26th).

Missouri is among those receiving votes in both rankings.

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