There is still enough football to be played that it doesn’t matter where top tier (one loss or fewer) teams are ranked this week, but it will be interesting to see if once again this week the Legends Top 8 Poll has Alabama ranked significantly higher than does the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, which will announce its poll tonight.
As expected, Mississippi State continues to be ranked number one, receiving 10 of the first place votes by the retired coaches who vote each week in the Legends Poll. Florida State is second and the Crimson Tide, which received three first place votes, is third. Oregon is fourth.
This week there will be a firming up of the top when Alabama, 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Southeastern Conference games, hosts Mississippi State, 9-0, 4-0, in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday. CBS will televise the game.
The remainder of the Top 8 had a bit of a shuffle as for the first time this year at least half the poll didn’t have SEC Western Division teams listed. Of course, there were two of the top three from that division.
Bama seems to be getting its best support from men who have coached college football. In addition to its place in the Legends Top 8, the Crimson Tide is ranked third in this week’s Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today.
No other teams received votes.
Only 13 of the 14 coaches voted this week. Former Virginia Coach George Welsh (who had not included Bama in his top four in recent weeks) did not participate this week.
Alabama’s three first place votes came from former Ohio State Coach John Cooper, Pat Dye (Auburn), and Gene Stallings (Alabama). All other coaches, including Florida State legend Bobby Bowden, voted Mississippi State number one. This was the first ballot of the year that did not include FSU getting a first place vote.
The top four teams were on all coaches ballots in the top four spots except that former BYU Coach Lavell Edwards had TCU fourth and Alabama fifth.