Alabama is No. 4 in the Associated Press rankings and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The last time Alabama was ranked among the Top 5 in the AP poll was when it was ranked No. 4 in the January 6, 2003 AP rankings. It has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation, for two straight weeks, in the December 23, 2002 and December 30, 2002 AP rankings.
The Tide is 7-0 and faces its first "true road game" of the season on Thursday, December 9 when it travels to Notre Dame, 6-1. Notre Dame defeated No. 23 AP/No. 22 Coaches Maryland Sunday night, 81-74. Alabama has posted wins this season, in order, against Jackson State, Middle Tennessee, Iowa, Xavier, Texas Southern, Louisiana Monroe and, its most recent, a 78-60 win against Tennessee State in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Notre Dame's only loss this season was by two points, 71-69, to No. 15 AP/No. 14 Coaches Butler. It has wins against IPFW, Lafayette, The Citadel, Lehigh, Winston-Salem and Maryland.