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Alabama football stays at No. 1 in AP Top 25 poll after victory over Mercer

Nick Saban and Alabama players coming out of the tunnel for Mercer game
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/ SEC Media Portal

The University of Alabama rolled to a 48-14 victory over Mercer last week, despite offensive struggles and penalties.

Nick Saban was frustrated in his post-game presser, but now his players understand the importance of not taking any opponent lightly. The intensity should be up to par in practice this week as the Crimson Tide will head to “The Swamp” to face Florida.

RELATED: JoJo Earle turns in standout performance for Alabama fans against Mercer

Before the Tide begins Southeastern Conference play, the Associated Press released its new Top 25 rankings.

Alabama football remains at No. 1, but the Oregon Ducks moved up to No. 4 after defeating Ohio State. Steve Spurrier and Shane Matthews mentioned via podcast that Florida would beat Alabama. We will see what happens as Dan Mullen hosts the Tide.

Hopefully, Alabama will have Will Anderson for the game. The sophomore outside linebacker suffered a lower leg injury against Mercer. He left the contest in the second half and did not return. According to Saban, team doctors are continuing to check his knee. It does not seem serious, but the team has listed Anderson as “questionable” for this week versus the Gators.

Listed below are the latest Top-25 rankings via the AP.

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. Oklahoma

4. Oregon

5. Iowa

6. Clemson

7. Texas A&M

8. Cincinnati

9. Ohio State

10. Penn State

11. Florida

12. Notre Dame

13. UCLA

14. Iowa State

15. Virginia Tech

16. Coastal Carolina

17. Ole Miss

18. Wisconsin

19. Arizona State

20. Arkansas

21. North Carolina

22. Auburn

23. BYU

24. Miami

25. Michigan

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “watch” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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