The Alabama Crimson Tide finished No. 9 in the final regular season edition of the USA Today Coaches Poll. Three other SEC teams — LSU, Georgia and Florida — were ranked ahead of the Tide.

Nick Saban’s ballot, however, reflected something a little different. The Alabama coach is one of several coaches who vote in the poll, and Saban voted only LSU ahead of Alabama with respect to SEC programs. He ranked Georgia and Florida right behind the Tide at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively and Auburn at No. 8 despite having lost to the Tigers in the Iron Bowl.

Saban’s poll reflected exactly how the College Football Playoff selection committee ranked the top four of LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma, but the committee had Georgia ranked at No. 5.

The Alabama coach wasn’t the only one who voted the Crimson Tide at No. 5. There were several other voting coaches who ranked the Tide just out of the top four, too.


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The Crimson Tide will face Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. Saban voted the Wolverines the 14th best team in the country.

Below is Nick Saban’s final top 25 for the Coaches Poll:

1. LSU
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Oklahoma
5. Alabama
6. Georgia
7. Florida
8. Auburn
9. Oregon
10. Baylor
11. Wisconsin
12. Penn State
13. Utah
14. Michigan
15. Notre Dame
16. Iowa
17. Memphis
18. Minnesota
19. Boise State
20. Appalachian State
21. Southern Cal
22. Cincinnati
23. Oklahoma State
24. Navy
25. Air Force