Loss Drops Alabama To Seventh In Polls

It wasn’t the biggest surprise of the past few days in the Alabama camp when this week’s polls came out, but it was a bit of a surprise. A loss that has depressed the Crimson Tide nation almost as much as last year’s loss at Auburn did not have the apparent effect on poll voters.

It is probably a result of the respect that the Southeastern Conference has among both sportswriters and broadcasters in the Associated Press poll and voters in the Coaches Poll and in the fact that so many top teams fell on the same day last Saturday that Alabama was the highest ranked team with a loss when polls were released.

Alabama (4-1 overall, 1-1 in SEC play) fell from first in the Coaches Poll and from third in the AP rankings to seventh in both polls after losing at Ole Miss by a 23-17 score Saturday.

This week Alabama continues on the road and in SEC play. The Crimson Tide will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at 5 p.m. CDT (6 p.m. Eastern time) Saturday with television coverage by ESPN.

Bama had seemed poised to move into no worse than second in the AP ranking and maintain its hold on first in the Coaches Poll when the Tide took a lead into the fourth quarter at Ole Miss because second place Oregon had been beaten in a home upset on Thursday night.

Ole Miss was recognized for its victory by moving to a third place tie with Mississippi State in the AP rankings and to fourth in the Coaches Poll.

Florida State continues first in both polls, followed by Auburn. Baylor is third in the Coaches, followed by Ole Miss, Notre Dame, and Mississippi State sixth. In the AP rankings Baylor is fifth and Notre Dame sixth.

The rest of the AP top ten has Michigan State, TCU, and Arizona. The Coaches round out the top 10 with Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Georgia.

Texas A&M continues in the top 25, ranked 14th in both polls. Missouri is 23rd in the AP, 24th in the Coaches.

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