The AP Top 25
Utah keeps riding their Oregon win and gaining traction. The Utes have 16 first-place votes, but someone needs to explain to me how the #3 team in the country is an underdog to an unranked .500 USC team this weekend. They have wins over #15 Michigan and #20 Cal, and they don't have any other currently-ranked teams on their schedule until the Pac-12 title game.
The SEC is holding steady with 5 teams in the Top 25. Ole Miss is at #24 after losing to Memphis and will find themselves out of the Top 25 if they lose to Texas A&M this week.
Bama in the AP
Alabama jumped from #10 to #8 after beating Texas A&M, who fell from #9 to #15.
The Crimson Tide resoundingly answered three pressing questions this weekend: Could the offensive line open holes and protect the QB against A&M's vaunted defensive line, could Bama's young corners limit A&M's explosive receivers, and can Nick Saban beat a spread offense?
The Tide left Kyle Field with an 18-point road win over a Top 10 team, but 20 of the 61 AP voters either didn't move Alabama or ranked them lower than last week:
- 16 voters ranked Bama the same as last week.
- Ed Daigneault and Matt Charboneau dropped Bama from 5 to 6.
- Joey Knight dropped Bama from 5 to 7.
- Rustin Dodd dropped Bama from 6 to 8.
Chris Murray gave Bama their worst ranking...for the 4th week in a row.
The good news is that two voters already have Bama in their Top 4: Ed Johnson ranked Bama #3 and Sam McKewon has Bama at #4.
The Coaches Poll
Georgia sneaked back into the Coaches Top 25 with a 9-6 "win" over Missouri.
The Massey Composite
Averaging each team's ranking across 55 sources from the Massey index gives us this Top 5:
- Ohio State (average ranking 4.3)
- Utah (4.4)
- Alabama (6.1)
- Clemson (6.5)
- Baylor (7.1)
Alabama is Underrated, LSU Overrated
Throughout the season, the computer average has warned when the human polls were wrong about a team, and now they're saying that #8 Alabama should be closer to #6 and #5 LSU should be #8. We'll see who's right when LSU visits Tuscaloosa on November 7.
Alabama is #1 in eight sources' rankings. Vern has the Tide at #21.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Texas A&M Aggies
Ole Miss Rebels
Mississippi State Bulldogs
South Carolina Gamecocks