Coach Nick Saban talks about the eclipse

22 August, 2017, 06:35 | Author: Valerie Burke
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FSU was ranked No. 3 in the Amway Coaches Poll earlier this offseason and opened the year ranked fourth in the AP Poll last season. The Bulls won a season-best 11 games in 2016.

Alabama is No. 1 in both major polls while the Seminoles are No. 3 in both polls.

The remaining top five in descending order: Ohio State, Florida State, Southern Cal and Clemson. Only a few months removed from having lost to Kansas, the Texas Longhorns are 23rd.

Penn State would climb to as high as No. 5 that fall and capped an 11-2 campaign with a 19-17 win over LSU in the Capital One Bowl. The state of Alabama is comparably populated and has one superpower program - the Alabama Crimson Tide - along with the usually pretty good Auburn Tigers.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban is not impressed with the hype surrounding Monday's total eclipse, ESPN reported. MI ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll. Still, comparing the preseason poll with the final rankings in previous years can give some idea of how much change to expect.

The advent of the AP poll dates to 1936. Alabama is just 12 days away from a massive 2017 season opener against Florida State, so I highly doubt Saban and his players will be purchasing the fancy glasses and taking in the spectacle.

Alabama is the only Southeastern Conference team in the top 10, but the SEC still leads the way with six teams in the Top 25.

Only a few years ago, it was unimaginable that OSU would achieve this type of status.

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