Legends Keep Alabama Number One Team

The retired college football coaches who had legendary careers and are now honored as members of the voting board of the Legends Poll Top 8 have – as expected – been able to get it right when selecting the nation’s top college football teams each week.

The Legends were the first to elevate Alabama to the number one spot in a poll and the Crtimson Tide continues to lead the poll in week 14.

Alabama received 12 of the 13 first place votes in this week’s poll. Oregon is number two with 11 second place votes and two thirds.

The Legends give Florida State a little more respect than the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, which dropped the Seminoles to fourth this week. FSU is the nation’s only undefeated team and received one first place vote this week – from former Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden. That put the Seminoles in third place. Bowden had Bama number two.

The Legends Top 8 Poll had TCU fourth,

Baylor was fifth, Ohio State sixth, Arizona seventh, and Michigan State eighth.

Missouri, Alabama’s opponent in this week’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game, was ninth, cnsiderably higher than in other football polls. Also receiving votes were Wisconsin, Mississippi State, and Kansas State.

The Crimson Tide and Missouri will play at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. central time) Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with television coverage by CBS.

Also participating in conference championship games this week are Oregon against Arizona for the Pac-12 Friday night and on Saturday the Big Ten with Ohio State playing Wisconsin and the ACC with Florida State playing Georgia Tech.

Incidentally, former Alabama Coach Gene Stallings and former Auburn Coach Pat Dye had identical ballots following Bama’s 55-44 win over the Tigers last Saturday. Both had Alabama, Oregon, FSU, and TCU in that order as the first four and Ohio State, Baylor, Arizona, and Michigan State in that order five through eight.

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