Alabama Moves Up To Third In Coaches Poll

It seems as though there is much more interest in regular season college football games since the advent of the College Football Playoff and its poll of 12 members of the Selection Committee which will determine the four teams that play for the national championship.

At the end of the year, the results of other polls may well be, as many proclaim, “meaningless.”

Nevertheless, when Alabama went on the road and won a tough game over a ranked LSU team, there was some interest in where the Crimson Tide would find itself in the Associated Press ranking as determined by sportswriters and broadcasters and the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today.

The Crimson Tide was fourth in both polls last week. This week Bama moved up a spot to third in the Coaches Poll, but stayed fourth in the AP. Oregon jumped the Tide in the AP poll.

Alabama was fifth in last week’s CFP poll. One team in front of Alabama in all the polls, Auburn, was defeated last week. The Tigers fell to ninth in both the AP and Coaches rankings. The new CFP poll will be announced Tuesday night.

And from Alabamaa’s standpoint, this week’s polls are meaningless. That’s because the Crimson Tide, 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Southeastern Conference games, will host Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0) in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. The Bulldogs are ranked first in all polls.

The winner of Saturday’s game will have a strong hold in the rankings and will be able to determine its own destiny insofar as being the SEC Western Division representative in the SEC Championship Game. That champion is considered almost a sure thing for the four team championship.

Florida State is second in both polls with Alabama and Oregon sharing the third and fourth spots.

TCU and Baylor are fifth and sixth in both polls.

The Coaches Poll rounds out the top 10 with 7. Ohio State, 8. Arizona State, 9. Auburn, and 10. Ole Miss. The AP poll has the same four teams, but Arizona State ahead of Ohio State.

Other SEC teams ranked are Georgia 14th in Coaches and 16th in AP and LSU 20th in both.

Missouri and Texas A&M are receiving votes in the AP poll and those two plus Florida are receiving votes in the Coaches Poll.


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