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Alabama Football: Crimson Tide Drops in AP, Coaches Polls

As expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide took a tumble in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls, released Sunday afternoon. Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa dropped them to No. 4 in the AP poll, and into fifth spot in the coaches poll.

Oregon topped both polls, receiving the majority of first-place votes in each. Kansas State was in second place, while Notre Dame moved to No. 3. Each of the top three teams received first-place votes.

Georgia clinched the SEC East Saturday and a berth in the SEC Championship game. The Bulldogs moved into fourth place in the coaches poll, but remained behind Alabama in the AP poll at No. 5. Georgia’s likely opponent in the championship game will be Alabama, who next faces Western Carolina, followed by the struggling Auburn Tigers.

Texas A&M moved into the top ten with their win over the Crimson Tide, taking tenth place in the coaches poll, and leaping to the ninth spot in the AP poll.

Florida and LSU were also in the top ten in both polls. With the inclusion of South Carolina (ranked No. 12 in the AP, 11 by the coaches), six SEC teams made the top 25.

Alabama now awaits the Sunday evening release of the BCS standings, to see how far they have fallen.

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