USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.


Alabama has done nothing to loosen its grasp on No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Crimson Tide’s 42-13 win in the Iron Bowl against Auburn was in the bag well before halftime, continuing a run of dominance that began in the second half of a 41-24 win against Georgia on Oct. 17.

Only Notre Dame’s high level of play during the same span has created a sliver of doubt when it comes to projecting how the playoff selection committee will address the very top of this week’s rankings, set to be released Tuesday evening.

Both teams will have two wins against teams in the playoff rankings. Alabama will own wins against Texas A&M and Georgia. (No. 22 in the debut rankings, Auburn should fall out after dropping to 5-3.) The Irish have