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Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide earned its second statement win Saturday against Texas A&M at Kyle Field. Alabama clicked on offense and defense, defeating the Aggies 41-23. The Crimson Tide returns to a No. 8 ranking in both Coaches’ and AP Poll.

Louisiana State University (6-0) is the only Southeastern Conference program in the top 10 with Alabama, sitting at No. 5. Tennessee will face the Crimson Tide this weekend at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Listed below is  the Coaches’ Poll for week eight, according to ESPN.


  1. Ohio State Buckeyes
  2. Baylor Bears
  3. Utah Utes
  4. TCU Horned Frogs
  5. LSU Tigers
  6. Clemson Tigers
  7. Michigan State Spartans
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide (#8, also in AP)
  9. Florida State Seminoles
  10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  11. Stanford Cardinal
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Iowa Hawkeyes
  14. Florida Gators
  15. Oklahoma Sooners
  16. Texas A&M Aggies
  17. Memphis Tigers
  18. Michigan Wolverines
  19. California Golden Bears
  20. Toledo Rockets
  21. Duke Blue Devils
  22. Houston Cougars
  23. Mississippi Rebels
  24. Temple Owls
  25. Georgia Bulldogs

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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