Alabama has 40-straight top-five ranking streak snapped after loss to Tennessee

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are no longer ranked in the Top 5 of the AP Top 25 college football poll. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide entered this past weekend ranked No. 3 but traveled to Knoxville and lost to the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers, 52-49. 

With the loss, Alabama has fallen down to No. 6 in the polls while the likes of 7-0 Michigan and, of course, the Volunteers, have moved up. Tennessee’s win over Alabama launched the Vols all the way up to No. 3 in the polls, their highest ranking since 2005. 

Though Alabama is still very much so alive in the SEC title conversation as well as the College Football Playoff odds, this loss is quite a notable one in the Nick Saban era. In fact, the Crimson Tide had been ranked within the top five of the AP Poll for the past 40 college football weekends straight — which was the longest streak in the country.

Amazingly, and as impressive as that stat is, this was actually just the third-longest streak of Saban’s tenure in Tuscaloosa. Alabama was a top-five team for 68 straight weekends from 2005 to 2019, which was a record-setting streak. The Crimson Tide also had a stretch of 48 straight appearances in the top-five from 2011 to 2013.

The official Top 5 heading into this weekend is as follows:

  1. Georgia (7-0) 
  2. Ohio State (6-0) 
  3. Tennessee (6-0) 
  4. Michigan (7-0) 
  5. Clemson (7-0)


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