The Tide stands just behind No. 1 Utah in the rankings, which are figured by high score. Alabama is ranked just ahead of No. 3 Florida, adding excitement to the two SEC teams' Jan. 30 showdown in Tuscaloosa. Iowa State and Georgia are tied for fourth.
Arizona and Iowa are tied for sixth and Nebraska is No. 8 while Washington and UCLA round out the top-10 at ninth and 10th respectively. This weekend in Baton Rouge, Alabama will face No. 20 LSU, going for its first win in the Maravich Assembly Center since 1998.
Alabama remains the nation's No. 1 ranked floor exercise squad and is No. 3 on the vault, fifth on the uneven bars and 10th on the balance beam.
Individually, senior Jeana Rice is sixth in the all-around after last week's 39.6 against Penn State. Rice is fourth on the floor exercise, 12th on the vault, 14th on the uneven bars and 17th on the balance beam. Sophomore Ashley Miles is fourth on the floor exercise and sixth on the vault. Junior Alexis Brion is 16th on the floor exercise.
Alabama started the season at No. 3 in the preseason coaches' poll and was No. 2 in the first ranking a week ago. Next week the rankings change to season average.
National Rankings, January 19 by high score
Team Name Team High Score 1 Utah 197.350 2 Alabama 197.125 3 Florida 197.100 4 Iowa St. & GA 196.950 6 Arizona & Iowa 196.725 8 Nebraska 196.550 9 Washington 196.450 10 UCLA 196.375 11 BYU 196.275 12 West Virginia 196.250 13 Arkansas 196.225 14 Stanford 196.200 15 Missouri 196.050 16 Denver 195.975 17 Arizona St. 195.825 18 New Hampshire 195.600 19 Kent State 195.475 20 L.S.U. 195.300 21 Oklahoma 195.275 22 Kentucky 195.200 23 Ore St. & MI 195.075 25 N. Carolina 194.800