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College football power rankings: Bama flexes its muscle

One team has solidified its position above all the rest: The Alabama Crimson Tide.

Nick Saban’s squad has been seated at the top of Yellowhammer’s college football power rankings for several weeks. Cruising past No. 3 Georgia, the Tide own the best win of any team this season, and are now seeing the rest of the nation come around to Alabama’s position as the best team in the country.

Here is what our experts had to say about this week’s rankings.

 

Zack Shaw’s ballot:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Ohio State
4. Georgia
5. BYU
6. Notre Dame
7. Texas A&M
8. Penn State

The lowdown: Alabama looks like they are going to score 40 points in every game. Period. Mac Jones is not a downgrade from Tua Tagovailoa, and each of the other 10 offensive starters will be NFL players. Clemson’s combination of Dabo Swinney, Trevor Lawrence and defensive coordinator Brent Venables makes them the only team I have seen that could beat them. Once Ohio State begins its season this week we will see if the Buckeyes can join that group.

 

Paul Shashy’s ballot:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Ohio State
4. Georgia
5. Notre Dame
6. Oklahoma State
7. Penn State
8. Cincinnati

The lowdown: The Alabama-Georgia matchup was a national championship-caliber game, as both teams were studded with five stars and first-round draft choices. Alabama was the stronger team down the stretch; they finally turned on their full-throttle defense in the second half. Alabama stays number one in my rankings even though Clemson put on a high-scoring show yesterday. I bumped Georgia to spot number four because of their loss to the Tide.

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