It looked like Alabama may have had an uphill climb three weeks ago after their loss to Ole Miss. Fast forward to the present time, and after Ole Miss falling to LSU Saturday night, the Tide make a jump to number three in the AP Poll.
At home, the third-ranked Crimson Tide is as dominant as ever. On the road, Alabama's a bit more vulnerable.
That pattern nearly ended Saturday when Alabama grabbed a 27-0 lead at Tennessee. Then Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) became too comfortable and allowed Tennessee (3-5, 0-4) to make a game of it before the Tide closed out a 34-20 victory.
Alabama has won its four home games by an average margin of 40.3 points. Alabama is 3-1 away from Bryant-Denny Stadium - including a 33-23 neutral-site victory over West Virginia in Atlanta. And one of its road victories was a one-point decision over Arkansas.
Alabama visits No. 16 LSU on Nov. 8 after taking this week off.
Heres the latest AP top 10: Mississippi State remains number one after a road win over Kentucky, Florida State with an off week stays at number two, There's Alabama at number three, with the Auburn Tigers back in the top four. Oregon rounds out the top five.
Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Georgia, and TCU - who scored 82 points Saturday against Oklahoma State - comes in at 10.
The College Football Playoff Committee will release their first rankings of the season Tuesday. The committee will do this for five weeks with the top four teams headed to the first college football playoffs at the FBS level.