As expected, Alabama football came out of the opening week of the season atop the inaugural 2017 SEC Country Power Poll, which was released Tuesday.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide downed No. 3 Florida State 24-7 on Saturday night, helping the SEC’s effort to once again lay claim as the top conference in college football.
SEC Country’s Power Poll, consisting of 26 voters, unanimously placed Alabama in the No. 1 spot, where the Crimson Tide spent all last season, as well.
The game did take a physical toll on Alabama, however, as the Crimson Tide lost two linebackers for the season — Christian Miller (biceps) and Terrell Lewis (elbow) — and two others — Rashaan Evans (groin) and Anfernee Jennings (ankle) — for an undisclosed amount of time.
Against Florida State, Alabama’s defense and special teams were superb, while the offense made enough plays to help put the game away.
Offensively, Alabama football finished with a 269-250 edge in total yards over the Seminoles, but was just 3 of 16 on third-down attempts. Running back Damien Harris rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on just 9 carries (8.1 yards per carry). Calvin Ridley was Alabama’s other top offensive weapon, catching 7 passes for 82 yards and 1 touchdown.
Florida State scored 7 points and gained 185 yards of offense in the opening half. The Seminoles gained 65 yards and scored zero points in the second half. Florida State was credited with 40 rushing yards on 27 attempts. That’s 1.5 yards per carry.
No. 1 Alabama hosts Fresno State in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday in its home opener. The Crimson Tide are a seven-touchdown favorite.
It will be the first meeting ever between the two programs.
The one good thing about these types of games is that Alabama typically plays some of its young players. Look for freshmen in the two deep to receive an opportunity. Alabama will be looking to rest some of its veterans after a physical matchup against Florida State, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see young players early on.
Your Week 1 Power Poll rankings
|1||Alabama (1 - 0)||338||26||1||1|
|2||Auburn (1 - 0)||297||0||2||4|
|3||LSU (1 - 0)||292||0||2||5|
|4||Georgia (1 - 0)||260||0||3||6|
|5||South Carolina (1 - 0)||203||0||2||11|
|6||Tennessee (1 - 0)||178||0||4||13|
|7||Arkansas (1 - 0)||165||0||5||13|
|8||Florida (0 - 1)||158||0||5||14|
|9||Mississippi State (1 - 0)||136||0||6||13|
|10||Kentucky (1 - 0)||113||0||6||14|
|11||Texas A&M (0 - 1)||75||0||7||14|
|12||Ole Miss (1 - 0)||60||0||9||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (1 - 0)||52||0||8||14|
|14||Missouri (1 - 0)||39||0||9||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks ( The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey ( SEC Country)
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee ( Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait ( Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers ( DawgNation)
Cory McCartney ( Fox Sports)
Dave Matter ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello ( Post & Courier)
Graham Watson ( Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey ( SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond ( AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Ken Bradley ( SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker ( SEC Country)
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Michael Bonner ( Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Mike Wilson ( SEC Country)
Otis Krik ( Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford ( Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley ( Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown ( Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah ( SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton ( Austin American-Statesman)
Travis Reier ( BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi ( SEC Country)
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