Alabama Takes Over No. 1 In Coaches Poll

’Tis better to have not played than to have played and looked like something less than the nation’s best football teams. At least that’s the way a number of the nation’s college football coaches saw it as Alabama moved into the top spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Although Alabama did not receive as many first place votes as previously number one Florida State, the Crimson Tide swapped places with the Seminoles in the Coaches Poll. The Associated Press poll did not change in its top four teams with FSU number one, Oregon second, Bama third, and Oklahoma fourth.

Oregon and Oklahoma, like Bama, were idle on Saturday.

Alabama received 15 first place votes to FSU’s 26 in the Coaches Poll, but it seemed tht voters were not impressed with Florida State’s struggle at North Carolina State. The Tide had 1,477 points to 1,478 for FSU.

In the Coaches Poll, Oklahoma had 14 first place votes and was third with 1,442 points and Oregon was fourth with seven first place votes and 1,407 points.

In the AP poll of sportswriters and broadcasters, Florida State had 27 first place votes and 1,416 points. Both Bama and Oregon had 13 first place votes with the Ducks getting 1,405 points and Alabama 1,387. Oklahoma had seven firsts and 1,357 points.

The top four all have 4-0 records.

The polls, of course, have no official place in this year’s College Football Playoff, where 13 selectors will pick the top four teams for the inaugural playoff for the national championship.

This week Alabama plays at Ole Miss, which is 11th in both polls. Kickoff in Oxford will be at 2:30 p.m. CDT with television coverage by CBS.

The top ten in both polls had the same teams, although with different orders.

Auburn is fifth in both polls, followed by Texas A&M sixth and Baylor seventh in the AP poll, Baylor and the Aggies in the Coaches. UCLA is eighth in the AP and ninth in the Coaches, Notre Dame eighth in the Coaches, ninth in the AP. Michigan State is 10th in both polls.

In addition to the four SEC teams in th top 11, ranked teams include Mississippi State (12th Ap, 14th Coaches), Georgia (12th Coaches, 13th AP), LSU (15th in both), and Missouri (24th in AP).

Missouri is receiving votes in the Coaches Poll. South Carolina and Arkansas are receiving votes in both polls.

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