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Kirk Herbstreit and Ian Fitzsimmons note the remarkable buzz around Vanderbilt as their undefeated showdown with Alabama approaches, discussing how the Commodores can pull the upset.
Early losses from both LSU and Auburn have made it clear that the gap between Alabama and the rest of the SEC still looms large, but defensive injuries could doom the Crimson Tide down the stretch.
Jalen Hurts threw for 248 yards and ran for 103 in leading Alabama to a 41-point evening. That was the second time in Hurts' two seasons at the Capstone that he has eclipsed 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in a game.
Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer
So what is the Saban effect? You're starting to hear that phrase more and more around the SEC with Alabama winning four of the last eight national championships under Nick Saban and going 45-5 in its last 50 games against SEC foes. Maybe the best explanation for what it means is simply this: Since Saban arrived at Alabama in 2007, the other 11 schools that were in the SEC at the time have had 34 different head coaches, including at least three different coaches at eight of the 11 schools.
Movers and shakers in latest AP Poll
This marks the 93rd week Alabama comes in ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, fourth most all-time. Elsewhere, Bedlam rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are both in the top six for the first time since Nov. 2011, while Ohio State sees its lowest ranking since Nov. 2014.
Another CFP berth in order for Tide?
The only games that Alabama has less than an 80 percent of winning the rest of the way, by measure of ESPN's FPI? Mississippi State, on Nov. 11 in Starkville; and the Iron Bowl, on Nov. 25 in Auburn.
What happened to Alabama's competition? The inevitability of another Crimson Tide SEC coronation is already creeping in.
Take a look back on the best performances of Week 3 in the SEC and look ahead to Week 4.
Alabama, as usual, tops the rankings, but Mississippi State makes a big jump up the list, while Tennessee continues to sink.
Alabama and Clemson seem like easy picks to win their leagues, but those are the only conference champs Mel Kiper and Todd McShay agree on at this point.
The Tide holds on to the top spot with the Tigers next in line following their impressive win at Louisville.