TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football remained No. 1 in the Amway Coaches poll despite an uneven performance against Colorado State on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide downed the Rams 41-23 inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, but Alabama coach Nick Saban wasn’t happy with how his team finished, particularly on defense.
Alabama received 59 first-place votes. Clemson, the defending national champs, checked in at No. 2 and received six first-place votes. The Tigers destroyed Louisville on Saturday.
Oklahoma, Penn State and Southern California rounded out the top five.
Mississippi State, who pounded LSU on Saturday, went from unranked to No. 19.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts looked sharp, and showed more improvement as a passer. Hurts finished the night with 351 yards of offense and 3 total touchdowns. Running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough both ran the ball well with each accounting for a touchdown.
Alabama’s defense showed some holes as Colorado State gained 391 yards of offense. Colorado State converted 10-of-17 attempts against Alabama.
Andy Pappanastos is slowly developing into a reliable kicker for Alabama football. He drilled two 40-plus yards (46, 43). He’s now 7-of-9 on the season and has made his last five kicks.
Alabama (3-0) travels to Nashville to face Vanderbilt (3-0) on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.