Alabama Is First In AP And Coaches Polls

For what it’s worth with the College Football Playoff Selection Committee having made its final poll, the Associated Press (sportswriters and broadcasters) and the Coaches (conducted by USA Today) have made their final regular season rankings.

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Alabama (12-1 after its Southeastern Conference Championship Game 42-13 win over Missouri) is number one in both polls, as was the case in the CFP rankings.

The Coaches Poll was the same as the CFP list insofar as the all-important top four – Alabama, Oregon (12-1), Florida State (13-0), and Ohio State (12-1). The AP rankings had Baylor (11-1) fourth with Ohio State fifth. Both polls had FSU second and Oregon third, the reverse of the CFP at those two spots.

With the announcement of the CFP poll, the top four are in the inaugural College Football Playoff. On January 1, Alabama and Ohio State will meet in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon will play Florida State in the Rose Bowl. The winners of those games advance to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for the national championship game on January 12.

The Tide got 28 first place votes from the Coaches with 25 going to FSU, 7 to Oregon and one to TCU (11-1), which was sixth in both polls. In the AP poll, Bama got 27 firsts, FSU 25, and Oregon eight.

SEC teams in addition to Alabama in the final AP and Coaches rankings were:

Mississippi State eighth in both, Ole Miss ninth in the AP and 12th in the Coaches, Georgia 13th in both, Missouri 14th in Coaches and 16th in AP, Auburn 19th in both, and LSU 22nd in the AP and 23rd in the Coaches.

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