While Alabama hasn’t relinquished the No. 1 ranking in either of the major polls from the preseason up until now, the first playoff rankings that come out on Halloween may differ, according to Greg McElroy.
Although Alabama is 8-0 and is outscoring its opponents by an average of 33.3 points per game, the Crimson Tide’s path of destruction doesn’t include any teams that currently rank in either the AP Top 25 or Coaches Poll with the exception of Texas A&M (ranked No. 24 in the Coaches Poll).
The former Alabama QB thinks a big game in the Big Ten will determine who’s No. 1 out of the gates. Here’s McElroy discussing his take on ESPNU Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday morning.
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No. 2 Penn State visits No. 6 Ohio State this Saturday, one week after the Nittany Lions thrashed Michigan 42-13 in front of a Happy Valley whiteout.
It’s the first of two tough back-to-back road games for James Franklin’s squad, which travels to East Lansing to face No. 16 Michigan State the following week.
Meanwhile, Alabama will face its first ranked opponent since Week 1 when it hosts No. 23 LSU after this week’s bye.