Legendary Coaches Have Tide Trending Up

Think there won’t be surprises from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee? Two members of the Legends Top 8 Poll – retired coaches of legendary status – pick Alabama number one this week, but three did not have the Crimson Tide in their top four. Overall, Alabama is third in the weekly poll. But if those people who know football are so divided, what will the CFP Selection Committee do?

Alabama was put in the number one position in the Legends Top 8 Poll by former Auburn Coach Pat Dye and former Texas A&M Coach R.C. Slocum. Three coaches who have consistently ranked Alabama down the list – former BYU Coach Lavell Edwards, USC’s John Robinson, and Virginia’s George Welch – all had the Crimson Tide ranked fifth.

Mississippi State continued number one and Florida State number two in the poll. Following its 34-20 win over Tennessee, Alabama gained ground on the leaders in its third spot.

Auburn was fourth, followed by Oregon, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ole Miss.

The only other teams receiving votes were TCU and Georgia.

Alabama is also third in polls conducted by the Associated Press, the Coaches Poll by USA Today, and the Scout Top 30.

Coaches voting Alabama second were Terry Donahue (UCLA), Vince Dooley (Georgia), Bill Mallory (Colorado), and Gene Stallings (Alabqama). Third place votes for the Tide came from Bobby Bowden (FSU), Frank Broyles (Arkansas), Fisher DeBerry (Air Force), and Don Nehlen (West Virginia).

Alabama is idle this week. The Tide next plays at LSU at 7 p.m. CST Saturday, Nov. 8.

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