Alabama Football: Tide and SEC dominate latest AP and Coaches Polls

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Alabama Football held onto its commanding lead in the Sept. 12, AP and Coaches Polls. Though the No. 2 ranked Georgia Bulldogs arguably have a stronger resume, based on opponents played, the Alabama Crimson Tide got 60 of the first-place votes in the AP Poll and 64 of the first-place votes in the Coaches Poll.

Three AP Poll voters chose the Georgia Bulldogs No. 1, along with a single coach vote in the USA Today Sports Poll.

The Oregon Ducks zoomed up the AP Poll eight spots after beating Ohio State in Columbus. The Ducks went up seven spots in the Coaches Poll. The next biggest mover in the AP Poll was the Iowa Hawkeyes, up five spots in both polls after beating Iowa State.

Other impressive, upward movements in the Coaches Poll came from Virginia Tech and Ole Miss, both moving up six spots.

One team outside the Coaches Poll Top 25 last week, make a huge move into the recent poll. Among the ‘other teams receiving votes’ category last week, the Arkansas Razorbacks were at the No. 45 position. Sam Pittman’s team, after beating the Texas Longhorns, moved to No. 24.

Miami slide disappoints Alabama football fans

Disappointing to Alabama Football fans, Miami, after struggling with Appalachian State, moved down in both polls again. The Canes are now No. 24 in the AP Poll, and outside the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll at No. 26.

Big poll dives for losing teams and unimpressive teams went to Ohio State, down eight spots in the Coaches Poll and six spots in the AP Poll; Iowa State down five spots in the AP Poll and four spots in the Coaches Poll and Notre Dame down four spots in the AP and three spots in the Coaches Poll.

Teams dropping out of the Top 25 in both polls were USC, Texas and Utah. Along with Arkansas and Michigan, BYU entered the Top 25 in both polls.

Among the Power Five conferences, the SEC is the current poll leader. Seven SEC teams are in the Top 25 of the Coaches Poll, compared to five for the Big Ten, and three each for the ACC, the Big 12 and the Pac 12. Four out of the top nine spots in the Coaches Poll are held by SEC teams.

Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Pete Thamel tweeted Pac 12 Commissioner, George Kliavkoff was in good spirits, asking media members at the game,

"Enjoying the Alliance so far, guys?"

The new lead person for the Pac 12 had a right to be happy. Yet, an effective Alliance or not, the SEC still rules college football.

More rebuttal against the tired claim “Bama don’t play anyone” from Cole Cubelic.

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Against Florida on Saturday, Alabama Football will try for win No. 33 against Top 10 teams going back to 2008. The count is currently 32-10.