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Alabama football stays at No. 8 in Sunday’s AP poll

Jase McClellan stiff arms Austin Peay defender
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Alabama football remained at No. 8 in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

The Crimson Tide earned a 34-0 victory over Austin Peay last week. Coach Nick Saban saw Alabama gain its second shutout of the season as it continues its push to finish the year. After a loss to South Carolina, Tennessee fell one spot behind the Tide at No. 9.

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Chaos could have happened last week, but TCU and Michigan pulled out victories.

Alabama needs some losses to happen during rivalry week if it wants an opportunity in the College Football Playoff. The Tide faces Auburn for the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa, but Michigan battles Ohio State, USC takes on Notre Dame, LSU meets Texas A&M, and TCU has Iowa State. Anything can happen; however, Alabama must take care of business against the Tigers.

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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 “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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