Legendary Coaches Keep Alabama Tops In Poll

The case easily can be made that the most qualified judges of college football are former coaches who were at the top of their profession and who still follow the games and study the teams. Thus, it is no surprise that the former coaches who make up the Legends Poll Top 8 panel have been ahead of all others in determining the best teams.

Once again this week, the Legends Poll has Alabama on top, getting all but one first place vote. As did the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, the Legends also had Ohio State fourth in this final poll of the regular season.

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Alabama (12-1) defeated Missouri, 42-13, to win the Southeastern Conference championship and Ohio State (12-1) romped to a 59-0 win over Wisconsin to win the Big Ten title. Bama and the Buckeyes will meet in the first round of the College Football Playoff at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

The Legends Poll also had the winners of the Pac-12 and the ACC in the two and three spots and it will be Oregon (12-1), a 52-13 winner over Arizona, and Florida State (13-0), which defeated Georgia Tech, 37-35, in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in the other semifinal game.

The winners of those games will meet Jan. 12 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the national championship in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

TCU, Baylor, Mississippi State, and Michigan State filled out spots 5-8. The Legends Poll has a Top 8 because it believes the current CFP four-team format will soon expand to eight teams.

Missouri, Ole Miss, Georgia, and Georgia Tech also received votes.

Alabama received 12 of 13 first place votes in the poll. Bobby Bowden, the legendary coach at FSU, voted the Seminoles first, Bama second.

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