USA Today Coaches Poll: Is Alabama Worthy of Its No. 4 Ranking?

Jayson LoveCorrespondent INovember 6, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the LSU Tigers during the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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We get the first glimpse into the minds of the human voters as the coaches' poll comes out today.

In it, the Crimson Tide finds themselves ranked No. 4 by the coaches despite their loss to the LSU TIgers on Saturday night.

With the human polls counting for more than they ever have in the BCS these days, this kind of voting hurts teams like Boise State, which is ironic, because those are the kind of teams who would cause people to whine about the computers.

Coaches were impressed enough by Alabama's season to date, and the performance of the 'Bama defense against LSU to keep the team in the top five, and a spot ahead of Boise.

The coaches weren't impressed by Boise's first half struggle with UNLV, and Oregon's performance against Washington, only winning by 17.

A look inside the numbers, and you can see that the last time the No. 1 went down at home, it was Oklahoma losing to Texas Tech.

That weekend, the Sooners fell from No. 3, six slots to No. 9.

Although both teams lost at home, the Sooners lost to an un-ranked Texas Tech team and fell just six slots in the poll.

Given that, a drop of three slots seems reasonable for Alabama after a hard fought game against the No. 1 team in the nation in a game that could have gone either way.

They deserve a ranking ahead of Boise and Oregon.

Oregon's only loss came to LSU at the beginning of the season, but since, their resume clearly isn't as good as Alabama's.

Oregon's only win against a ranked team was against an up and down ASU squad that just lost to UCLA this week.

'Bama however has wins over Arkansas, Penn State and Florida.

Boise continues to play lackluster football and has yet to be challenged since its opening week game against Georgia.

The Broncs will need help as there is not one challenging game left on their schedule.