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'Bama blows out Mississippi State to maintain top ranking


  Coach Nick Saban knows who's No. 1 (AP Photo)

Alabama’s 31-3 victory over Mississippi State proves the Crimson Tide is the best team in the nation. It’s OK that Florida fans believe the defending national champion Gators are No. 1 … that will be determined on the field Dec. 5th.

‘Bama dominated Mississippi State like no other team has this season, outgaining the Bulldogs 444-213. Florida had a tough time in a 29-19 victory over Mississippi State. Playing one of its most complete games of the season in a hostile environment proves the Tide is peaking at the right time.

Although the Gators enjoyed a 24-14 victory over former coach Steve Spurrier and South Carolina (‘Bama beat the Gamecocks 20-6), their passing game needs a new air traffic controller. Alabama had similar problems several weeks ago, but Greg McElroy is gaining confidence – and accuracy – each week. Mark Ingram continued his run toward a Heisman Trophy with a 149-yard game that included a 70-yard touchdown run. The Tide’s top-ranked defense has allowed just three touchdowns in its last five games.

TCU continued to impress with a 55-28 victory over Utah, but it will take several miracles for the Horned Frogs to play for the national championship.

Georgia Tech proved it’s the best one-loss team in the country with a 49-10 victory over ACC rival Duke. Even with three losses – to Alabama, Georgia Tech and North Carolina – Virginia Tech and its incredibly tough schedule belongs in the top 10 in this writer’s humble opinion. Wisconsin, a 45-24 winner over Michigan, appears to be the best two-loss team around.

Here is my top-25 ballot for this week:
  1. Alabama (10-0)
  2. Florida (10-0)
  3. Texas (10-0)
  4. TCU (10-0)
  5. Cincinnati (10-0)
  6. Boise State (10-0)
  7. Georgia Tech (10-1)
  8. Pittsburgh (9-1)
  9. Virginia Tech (7-3)
10. Wisconsin (8-2)
11. Oregon (8-2)
12. Ohio State (9-2)
13. Oklahoma State (8-2)
14. Iowa (9-2)
15. Penn State (9-2)
16. LSU (8-2)
17. Stanford (7-3)
18. Clemson (7-3)
19. California (7-3)
20. North Carolina (7-3)
21. Miami (Fla.) (7-3)
22. Oregon State (7-3)
23. Arizona (6-3)
24. Nebraska (7-3)
25. Houston (8-2)