Some Slippage, But Tide Still No. 1

It's a good thing Alabama and Oregon don't have a lot of bye weeks. Both the Crimson Tide and the Ducks, considered by almost everyone to be the top two college football teams in the nation, were idle last week, and while they were away, the ACC mice were at play, to the benefit of FSU.

True, Alabama continues number one in both the Associated Press rankings of sportswriters and broadcasters, and in the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today, and Oregon continues number two. But number three Florida State, with its win over Miami, made up ground on both the front-runners.

Alabama, which has been number on in every poll this year, including the pre-season rankings, is 8-0 this year and received 52 of 60 first place AP votes and 54 of 62 Coaches first place votes. Oregon, also 8-0, had two firsts in the AP poll and FSU had six in the AP poll, but Oregon had a slight lead on the Seminoles for second place. Oregon had five firsts from the Coaches and FSU and three

Ohio State (9-0), Baylor )7-0), and Stanford (7-1) were four, five, and six in both polls.

Auburn may have had a fall during its football game with Arkansas, but the Tigers didn't fall in the rankings. In fact, the Tigers – among the biggest surprises in college football – are well up in the polls, seventh in the AP, 10th in the coaches. In fact, Auburn is ahead of the team that beat them. LSU is 10th in the AP poll, 12th in the Coaches.

Clemson is seventh in the Coaches, eighth in the AP; Oklahoma is No. 8 in Coaches, 12th in AP; and Missouri is ninth in both rankings.

In addition to Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Missouri, SEC teams in the polls include Texas A&M 11th in AP, 13th in Coaches; South Carolina, 13th in AP, 15th in Coaches. Georgia and Ole Miss are among "Others receiving votes."

This is a big week for top ranked teams meeting one another.

On Thursday, Oregon goes to Stanford. On Saturday, Alabama hosts LSU and Baylor is home to Oklahoma.

Alabama and LSU (7-2) were both open this week. The SEC West powers kick off at 7 p.m. CST Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium with CBS televising the game.

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