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Alabama’s long-standing AP Poll streak comes to an end

Alabama head coach Nick Sabans runs out onto the field against USF
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Alabama’s streak of 128 consecutive top-10 finishes in the AP Poll came to a close on Sunday as the Crimson Tide came in at No. 13 in the latest rankings. Its streak had lasted since 2015 and was the second longest in the history of the poll only behind Miami whose streak went from 1985-93.

Back in 2015, Alabama had dropped out of the top 10 following a loss to Ole Miss but would eventually win the national title that season.

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The slip stems from Alabama’s 17-3 win over USF on Saturday, where it struggled throughout on offense behind quarterbacks Tyler Buchner and Ty Simpson. Nick Saban’s team entered the game inside Raymond James Stadium as 34-point favorites which certainly impacted Alabama’s national outlook when voting came around.

Alabama could be going back to the drawing board again at quarterback as Jalen Milroe, Tyler Buchner and Ty Simpson have all each had extended opportunities of play to win over the staff, but to this point there is still no clear front runner.

Georgia remained at No.1 in the poll which also contained No.12 LSU, No. 15 Ole Miss, No. 23 Tennessee and No. 25 Florida from the SEC.

The full results of the poll can be seen below:

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. Texas
  4. Florida State
  5. USC
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. Washington
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oregon
  11. Utah
  12. LSU
  13. Alabama
  14. Oregon State
  15. Ole Miss
  16. Oklahoma
  17. North Carolina
  18. Duke
  19. Colorado
  20. Miami
  21. Washington State
  22. UCLA
  23. Tennessee
  24. Iowa
  25. Florida

The Crimson Tide will turn its attention to Ole Miss this week as it looks to get back into the top 10 and solve its offensive issues at the start of conference play.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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