Legends Looking Ahead In Weekly Poll

The Legends Poll, an unofficial poll with former outstanding college football coaches doing the voting, may be ahead of the curve in its look at how college football is evolving. This year there is a four-team playoff. The legendary coaches aren’t looking back. They’re looking ahead and they see an eight-team playoff in the future.

For that reason, beginning this year the Legends Poll is a Top 8.

In all polls this week the big news has been the dominance of the Southeastern Conference West Division. In the Legends Poll, Alabama is ranked third and four of the top eight are from the SEC West.

Florida State opened up where it left off last season at No. 1, and will face its first true test against Clemson at home this coming weekend.

Second-ranked Oregon has impressed the Legends Poll panel with its tough early slate of games — knocking off Michigan State in week two. No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma rounded out the Top 4.

Auburn debuted at No. 5, followed by Texas A&M, Baylor, and LSU in the Top 8. Notre Dame, Michigan State, Missouri, and South Carolina were others receiving votes.

FSU received 10 of the 14 first place votes with Oregon and Alabama receiving two each. One former Alabama coach – Gene Stallings – is among the Legends voters. Stallings voted FSU first, followed by Bama, Oregon, and Oklahoma.

Alabama got first place votes from former Ohio State Coach John Cooper and former Colorado Coach Bill Mallory.

Legends who did not have Bama in their top four were Terry Donahue (UCLA) and George Welsh (Virginia). Auburn did not get a top four vote from either former player/assistant coach Vince Dooley (Georgia) or former head coach Pat Dye.

What looked like a lackluster slate of games this past Saturday turned out to be anything but.

Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks pulled out an upset victory over Georgia, considered a heavy favorite going in to win the SEC East, 38-35. The loss kept Georgia out of the top 8.

USC and Virginia Tech had come off an emotional high after knocking off Stanford and Ohio State, respectively just a week ago. But Boston College stunned USC 37-31 and East Carolina upset Virginia Tech 28-21.

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