Alabama climbs to #4; gets 2 first place votes

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According to the AP, the Alabama Crimson Tide is now ranked #4 after climbing one spot in the newest poll. Alabama grabbed two first place votes; Texas held two first place votes and the remainder, 56, went to the Florida Gators.

Why did anyone vote Alabama #1? One of those pollsters posted a blog this morning at Cleveland.com. Here is why: “So I didn’t look at my preseason ballot until I’d finished my second or third draft of this ballot. That was new. Then I tried to think about each team as if I didn’t even know the name of the school, much less the reputation. I just considered what happened. Who won? Who did they beat? How good was the team they beat? And here I did consider preseason ranking, because it’s a way to judge the quality of a win, and that’s important.”