After a wild Saturday of action, Alabama remains in the first slot of Kirk Herbstreit’s top four.
The noted ESPN analyst spoke about his rankings on ESPN after a dramatic day that saw Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Auburn and Texas A&M all lose. Herbstreit kept the Crimson Tide in the top spot after Alabama dismantled Mississippi State 51-3 at Bryant-Denny Stadium to improve to 10-0. He went with Ohio State at No. 2 after the Buckeyes reached 9-1 with a 62-3 rout of Maryland. He rounded out the top four with two ACC teams, Louisville (9-1) and Clemson (9-1).
Herbstreit said the picture turns hazy after the top two slots.
“I think those are the two that are obvious,” Herbstreit said on ESPN, referencing Alabama and Ohio State. “Then you’ve just got to figure it out, because somebody has to go there at three, and somebody has to go there at four.”
After Saturday, it’s easy to argue that Alabama is a cut above everyone in the country. All the upsets reveal how hard it is to remain consistent. Sure, the Crimson Tide have had a few close calls — Ole Miss and LSU come to mind — but they’ve found a way to survive each week. For the most part, they’ve looked dominant in doing so.
Alabama closes the regular season with Chattanooga (next Saturday) and Auburn (Nov. 26) before a date in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 3.