For the early part of the 2014 season, Nick Saban was looking for a quarterback to step up and lead his Alabama team. Blake Sims has done just that.
Sims threw five touchdown passes against Florida on Saturday and amassed 445 yards through the air. And with the convincing 41-21 victory over Florida in Tuscaloosa, Alabama jumped Florida State to take over the No. 1 spot in the Legends Poll Top 8. The Tide received eight of the 14 first-place votes.
Second-ranked Florida State managed to squeak by Clemson in overtime, 23-17, playing at home without star quarterback Jameis Winston. On short notice, backup Sean Maguire was asked to step in due to Winston’s suspension, and Maguire hung tough against a blitz happy Clemson defense. The Seminoles received 5 first-place votes.
Oklahoma notched the other first-place vote and jumped up to the No. 3 after beating West Virginia 45-33 in Morgantown, WV. Freshman RB Samaje Perine rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns in the Big 12 match-up.
Oregon slid two places to No. 4 after a tight win over Washington State, 38-31. Mariota threw for 329 yards and five touchdowns, continuing his Heisman Trophy campaign, despite being sacked seven times.
No. 4 Oregon was followed by Auburn, Texas A&M, and Baylor in the Legends Poll rankings.
No. 8 Notre Dame made its debut in the Legends Poll Top 8 this week, replacing LSU, which was stunned at home by Mississippi State, 34-29, Saturday night.
To see the individual votes by coach, visit the Legends Poll.
Florida State (5)