Alabama No. 1, Texas No. 2 in coaches poll
By Don Kausler Jr. -- The Birmingham News
December 06, 2009
As expected, Alabama is ranked No. 1 and Texas is ranked No. 2 in the
USA Today coaches' poll.
Alabama players and coach Nick Saban celebrate a 32-13 victory over
Florida on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome
Photo - The Birmingham News
This poll is part of the formula that goes into the BCS standings. Any
chance of TCU moving ahead of Texas and into the No. 2 spot in the BCS
standings later today appears to be gone.
Some analysts questioned whether Texas would beat out TCU for a spot
in the national championship game because the Longhorns just barely
defeated Nebraska 13-12 Saturday night in the Big 12 Championship
Game. They needed a last-second field-goal and a controversial clock
Alabama defeated top-ranked Florida 32-13 on Saturday in the
Southeastern Conference Championship Game to earn a spot in the Jan.
7 national championship game in Pasadena, Calif.
The Crimson Tide, ranked No. 3 last week in the coaches' poll,
received 54 of 59 first-place votes and earned 1,470 points.
Texas held onto its No. 2 ranking by receiving four first-place votes
and earning 1,409 points.
TCU is a distant third. It received no first-place votes and 1,336
Cincinnati (one first-place vote) moved up one spot to No. 4, and
Florida fell to fifth.