Alabama Ranked Fourth In Legends Top 8 Poll

One week from the release of the first top 25 by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, the Legends Poll validates the top four of the Associated Press rankings by sportswriters and broadcasters; the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today; and the Scout College Football Poll.

Although many are proclaiming the polls to be meaningless, we won’t know until next week if the 12 remaining members of the CFP Selection Committee are thinking like journalists and coaches or if they have come up with some different criteria.

Alabama is fourth in the Legends Top 8 (retired elite college head coaches who select a top eight, anticipating that the current four-team playoff must be expanded to eight).

As in the AP, Coaches, and Scout, the top four in the Legends Poll has Mississippi State first, Florida State second, Ole Miss third, and Alabama fourth.

One week after knocking off TCU, Baylor became the latest casualty in the Big 12, leaving the conference with no unbeaten team and no team in the Legends Poll Top 8. West Virginia knocked off the Bears.

FSU continues to survive the shenanigans of Coach Jimbo Fisher and quarterback Jameis Winston, and the Seminoles also survived their last serious challenge of the season with a 31-27 win over Notre Dame. The Legends kept the Fighting Irish in the seventh spot.

Alabama moved up a spot and remains the highest ranked one-loss team after an impressive 59-0 win over Texas A&M.

Top-ranked Mississippi State was idle. Ole Miss stayed third after an easy win over Tennessee. Auburn was idle and was fifth in the poll. Oregon moved back into the poll at sixth and Michigan State holds up the honor of the Big Ten at eighth.

The 14 legendary coaches put Alabama fourth on eight ballots and third on two (from former Ohio State Coach John Cooper and former Auburn Coach Pat Dye). The eight coaches who had Alabama fourth are Bobby Bowden (FSU), Frank Broyles (Arkansas), Fisher DeBerry (Air Force), Terry Donahue (UCLA), Vince Dooley (Georgia), Bill Mallory (Indiana and Colorado), R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), and Gene Stallings (Texas A&M and Alabama).

Coaches who did not have Alabama in their top four were Lavell Edwards (BYU), who had Michigan State fourth; Don Nehlen (West Virginia) who had Auburn fourth; John Robinson (USC) who had Oregon fourth; and George Welsh (Virginia) who had Auburn fourth.

Mississippi State was first on 11 ballots and the Bulldogs, FSU, and Ole Miss were listed in the top four of all 16.


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