Alabama No. 1, Texas No. 2 in coaches poll
By Don Kausler Jr. -- The Birmingham News
December 06, 2009

Alabama players and coach Nick Saban celebrate a 32-13 victory over Florida on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
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As expected, Alabama is ranked No. 1 and Texas is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today coaches' poll.

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 call.

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 points.

Cincinnati (one first-place vote) moved up one spot to No. 4, and Florida fell to fifth.