Alabama Maintains No. 2 Position in AP and Coaches Polls

The final BCS rankings won’t be out for a few hours yet, but Alabama is still number two in the sportswriters’ and coaches’ polls: AP Poll; Coaches’ poll. I’m biased, but I hope Alabama keeps the number two spot and beats LSU in the championship.

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  1. Chris Berez says:

    I want to see a LSU/’Bama rematch in the BCS Championship so badly. I thought the first game was fantastic. All the people that I’ve seen complain about it sucking are idiots who say stuff like “That game was boring. There wasn’t enough scoring. If I want to see soccer I’ll move to Europe.”

    Personally, I love defensive struggles. I think an LSU/’Bama rematch would be incredible. I’m not a fan of either team, but I’d probably root for the Tide too.

  2. Yeah, if ‘Bama and LSU end up in the title game, it will disappoint some people, but it will probably be a good, hard fought game. I love defensive games as well.

  3. superdestroyer says:

    The LSU-Alabama will probably be a boring game. One of the two teams will probably be able to innovate enough on offense to overage the defense of the other. My guess is that Alabama will be more capable of making offensive upgrades than LSU.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Alabama had their shot at LSU. They lost. Anybody who wants to see that again thinks college football ends at the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Maybe OSU can’t handle LSU…. maybe they can…. Lord knows they can probably handle Alabama. Those of you who want a rematch?

    Are you really just afraid of finding out that the football sun doesn’t rise and set on the SEC?

    “Any team that can’t win it’s conference, does not deserve to be in the bowl championship game.”

    Don’t know who first said that, but NO, it was not Nick Saban. However it is still true.

    End the BCS. Now.

  5. Just nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    Don’t you guys get it? The BCS is simply a marketing plan that made a collection of non marketable bowl games connected to defunct winter festivals and winter vacation destinations able to survive as cable network programming. We’re talking about something more important than football, here–we’re talking business and advertising revenues.

  6. Robert Prather says:


    I can’t believe you can say that stuff with a straight face. I’m biased, of course, but the SEC West is the toughest division in the toughest conference in football, by far. Alabama has been far more consistent than any other team, save LSU, and deserves to be number two.

    Your comments about division champs would make more sense if we had a playoff system, but we don’t. In the current system, Alabama is number two and that’s that.

    BTW, don’t be so sure that OSU could handle Alabama.

  7. Well, at least I won’t be late to work on Jan 10 because I was up late watching the Allstate SEC West Divisional Championship Game.

  8. superdestroyer says:

    The bigger issue is that college football has become the same as NCAA women’s basketball. The same few schools win all of the time, the best players all want to play at those few schools and all of the other schools are just not as good.

    As long as Alabama, LSU, Auburn, and Florida can recruit whoever they want, the current trend in college football will continue.

    The medium term issue will begin when schools in conferences like the Sunbelt start dropping football. The long term issue will begin when the big time football schools decide to leave the NCAA and there is no more March Madness or College World Series.

  9. Trumwill says:

    This is a human poll error. The computers have it right. Oklahoma State beat more ranked teams, beat more teams with winning records, and more teams going to bowl games. Yes, they lost to Iowa State, on the road, in overtime, but there were circumstances surrounding that game.

    We know LSU can beat Alabama. We don’t know if the same is true of Oklahoma State.

    So, chalk this up to SEC-worship. The SEC teams are awesome because they beat other SEC teams. The Big 12 teams suck because they lost to other Big 12 teams.

  10. Franklin says:

    I’m torn. The first game Bama/LSU game was good, but I would have like to see OSU with a shot. But you can’t say it’s unfair, they lost a game, regardless of the circumstances (and no I don’t think the loss of the women’s basketball coaches affected the football players that significantly). I only consider it unfair when there are three undefeated teams in major conferences (sorry Boise State and Houston – oops on that last one).

    And my final point – I’m actually starting to think this one of the things that make college football great: we can literally argue about these things FOREVER.

  11. Trumwill says:

    @Franklin: Disagree with regard to the OSU plane incident (I might agree if it were another school) (except Marshall). Very much agree on that last point.

  12. Tano says:


    The same few schools win all of the time, ….As long as Alabama, LSU, Auburn, and Florida can recruit whoever they want, the current trend in college football will continue.

    Huh? Auburn is ranked #25. Florida is not even ranked. You have constructed a category here that includes at least 30 teams. That sounds pretty competitive to me….

  13. superdestroyer says:


    When multiple schools in the SEC can recruit whoever they want, they are only competing with each other for recruits. Schools like Tennessee have fallen off the map because they cannot recruit against the other SEC schools. The last four schools to win a national champsionship were Florida, LSU, Alabama, and Auburn. Another SEC will win this year.

    No player who is offered a chance to play at LSU or Alabama is going to go to Oregon, Virginia Tech, or Oklahoma. Those schools are only getting the players who the SEC schools did not really want.

  14. Franklin says:

    @Trumwill: Okay, I actually didn’t read too much about the incident or know anything about Oklahoma State; I based that statement on what I think I know about other schools.