The Alabama Crimson Tide have been vaulted from the number one spot in the Associated Press poll.

In its place are the Georgia Bulldogs, the hated rivals out of the SEC East and defending national champions. The Crimson Tide was relegated to No. 2 following a scare against Texas.

Georgia has convincingly beaten No. 25 Oregon and Samford. The Bulldogs are set for a road clash in South Carolina on Saturday, facing an offense with the potential to score and cover lots of ground quickly.

Alabama plays Louisiana-Monroe, an opponent remembered for doling out perhaps the worst loss of the Saban era in terms of opponent quality- a subject Saban has been vocal about this week.

The line favors Alabama to win by more than 49 points. If they can do it, will they take the No. 1 back from the Bulldogs?

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Georgia could have a tough day in Columbia. One thing that is certain is that the Gamecocks aren't going to lay down, and they're a rising program with talent in the SEC. Louisiana-Monroe simply isn't that. Williams-Brice Stadium is known for its hostility to visiting teams, something to which Georgia fell victim in 2019. This slip kept them out of the College Football Playoff.

Alabama may win by 50, but Georgia probably will not.

If Alabama wins by what the team is favored by and Georgia survives, will this be enough for pollsters to return the Crimson Tide to the top? It's probable.

If Alabama wins and Georgia stumbles, this question is moot. The Bulldogs will have laid another egg.

There is still a path for Alabama to be reinstated as the top AP Poll team if both schools win.

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