The way the Alabama football team has played defense this season, well, it’s just been unfair.
In Saturday’s SEC Championship Game against Florida, the top-ranked Crimson Tide held the Gators to zero rushing yards. Alabama did allow its first touchdowns since the second half of its Oct. 22 game against Texas A&M.
The result was a lopsided 54-16 victory that carried the momentum into Sunday where Alabama was named — as everyone on the planet expected — the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.
So it should come as no surprise that the Crimson Tide also are No. 1 in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll. It’s where they’ve been since Week 1.
It all adds up to, wait for it, a happy Nick Saban.
“First of all, so very proud of our team for, first of all, having an undefeated season,” Saban said after Saturday’s win. “But secondly, for winning the SEC Championship. I think to do that three years in a row is a really significant accomplishment, especially these guys who have been challenged all year long by playoff game after playoff game, but this was the first championship game we had, and they certainly responded well in the game, and I’m very proud of them.”
The weekly power poll consists of voters from SEC Country and around the country.
Alabama plays Washington on Dec. 31 in the College Football Playoff semifinal in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. The Pac-12 champions have less than one month to prepare for the Alabama defense that ranks first in rushing yards allowed (63.4), first in scoring defense (11.8), first in total defense (247.8) and is fourth in sacks per game (3.46).
The offense? It hasn’t been too shabby, either.
Alabama football ranks 13th in the country with 40.5 points per game and 26th in total offense (471.3 yards per game).
Is there any reason to think Alabama can’t win it again?
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||208||16||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (8 - 5)||183||0||2||2||5|
|3||LSU (8 - 4)||178||0||4||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||159||0||3||2||6|
|5||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||138||0||5||4||9|
|6||Tennessee (9 - 4)||121||0||6||4||11|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||107||0||8||4||10|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||97||0||7||7||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||91||0||9||6||12|
|10||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||63||0||10||8||14|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||49||0||11||8||14|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||36||0||12||10||13|
|13||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||16||0||13||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||10||0||14||11||14|
This week's voters:
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Otis Kirk (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)