On Veterans Day, Here's Vote Of Coaching Vets

On Veterans Day, it seems appropriate to pay attention to what longtime veterans of college football have to say about the national picture. How do the views of legendary college coaches compare with those of the 12 people meeting in a resort hotel to discuss the situation for a day or two?

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.

The remainder of the poll had TCU fifth, Baylor sixth, Ohio State seventh, and Arizona State eighth.

No other teams received votes.

Auburn, Michigan State, and Notre Dame all lost last weekend and all were dropped from the poll.

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.

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