What more could the Select 13 want than to be able to put the two most storied names in college football, Alabama and Notre Dame, into the first four team playoff bracket. It wouldn’t matter after that to have a team from Mississippi and one from the Big Ten, for that matter. A championship game matching Bama and the Irish and the CFP would be deemed a stroke of genius.
If the Selection Committee thinks anything like the sportswriters and broadcasters who vote in the Associated Press poll or the college coaches who select for the USA Today Poll, then Bama did its part to get back in the conversation with its shocking 59-0 win over Texas A&M.
In fact, both polls have Alabama number four this week. And Notre Dame could get back, though it will take some help. The Irish fell to seventh in the AP poll, eighth in the Coaches rankings. The Tide was seventh in both polls last week.
Mississippi State continues to be first in both polls while enjoying an open date. Florida State stayed second in both, and this week the Coaches gave more first place votes to State (36) than to FSU (22). Ole Miss is third in both polls.
The Southeastern Conference Western Division nearly has a stranglehold on the rankings. The division has four teams in the top five of the AP poll with Auburn coming in right behind Bama. In the Coaches Poll, Michigan State is fifth and Auburn sixth. Oregon is sixth in the AP and seventh in the Coaches, with Michigan State eighth in the AP.
Another SEC West team is in the rankings, LSU at 23rd in the Coaches and 23th in the AP. Missouri is receiving votes in both polls. Texas A&M had one point – meaning one vote for 25th place – in the AP poll.
There’s always something peculiar about the polls. This week it is Baylor being ranked 12th in the AP and 13th in the Coaches while West Virginia is ranked 22nd in the AP and 25th in the Coaches. This is one day after West Virginia beat Baylor by two touchdowns.