Alabama Strengthens Hold In Legends Poll

Coaches are impressed with Alabama. On Sunday, the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today moved the Crimson Tide to number one in the nation. Now the Legends Poll Top 8 has Bama strenghening its hold on first place.

While some say the polls don’t matter this year because 13 selectors will choose the four teams for the inaugural College Football Playoff, presumably some of those selectors will take into account the judgment of coaches.

Of course, playing in the Southeastern Conference, and specifically the Western Division, Alabama can secure its spot in the playoff by winning its games. That won’t be easy because of stiff competition, beginning this week when the Tide goes to Ole Miss to take on the Rebels at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

The Legends Poll is made up of legendary retired college football coaches. They select a Top 8 in anticipation of the College Football Playoff expanding from four teams to eight.

Alabama received 11 of the 14 votes cast by the legendary coaches even though the Crimson Tide was idle last week. Having a bye week also worked for Oklahoma, which moved up a spot to number two with two first place votes.

Florida State fell from number one three weeks ago to number two last week and to number three this week after a lackluster performance at NC State. The Seminoles received one first place vote, that from Bobby Bowden, the legendary FSU coach.

Oregon, another top team with a bye week, stayed at number four.

The bottom half of the Top 8 has Auburn, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Michigan State.

Notre Dame dropped out of the Top 8 despite a win over Syracuse. The Irish are receiving votes, as are Mississippi State and UCLA.

Alabama received first place votes from John Cooper, Fisher DeBerry, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Pat Dye, LaVell Edwards, Bill Mallory, Don Nehlen, R.C. Slocum, Gene Stallings, and George Welsh.

Frank Broyles and John Robinson had Oklahoma number two. Broyles, Robinson, and Bowden all had Alabama second on their ballots.

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