Former Coaches Have Tide No. 1

Although there has been movement below the top six, the Legends Poll – made up of former outstanding college football coaches – continues to be consistent with its evaluation of the nation's best teams.

The Legends Poll will not figure into BCS calculations, but it is watched because it has proved to be a reliable barometer of the real strength of teams. The former coaches selected to participate agree to do their homework before casting ballots. Of the 16 voters, 15 continue to have Alabama number one. The lone dissenter has the legitimate choice of Oregon as number one.

Florida State had a dominating performance against Miami last week (while both Alabama and Oregon were idle) and continues to be a solid third.

This is a big week in college football with Oregon at No. 6 Stanford on Thursday and the Crimson Tide hosting LSU – just out of the top ten at 11 – on Saturday. The Tide and Tigers kick off in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 7 p.m. CST with CBS televising the game.

No. 4 Ohio State continued its dominant play against inferior opponents behind the sterling play of Braxton Miller in their 56-0 win over Purdue, and No. 17 Michigan State stepped forward as the toughest possible opponent for the Buckeyes. Michigan State took care of in-state rival Michigan on Saturday, knocking the Wolverines out of the Legends Poll.

Georgia and Arizona State moved back into the top 25 at No. 24 and No. 25 respectively.

Oregon State was the other team to drop out of the rankings.

The Legends Top Ten is 1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. FSU, 4. Ohio State, 5. Baylor, 6. Stanford, 7. Clemson, 8. Auburn, 9. Missouri, and 10. Oklahoma. In addition to Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, and LSU, other SEC teams in the poll are Texas A&M 12th and South Carolina 13th.

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