Alabama Tops Week 1 Don Best Linemakers Poll

By: Matty Simo | Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Southeastern Conference team has won the last six national championships in college football, so it is no surprise that four of the top eight teams in the eighth annual Don Best Linemakers Poll are from the SEC.  In fact, 10 of the top 30 teams in the Linemakers Poll are SEC schools thanks in part to the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, who joined the conference this year from the Big 12.

The Don Best Linemakers Poll is compiled by oddsmaker Kenny White and includes input from LVH’s Jay Kornegay, the Golden Nugget’s Aaron Kessler and The Linemakers to rank teams based on power ratings in accordance with the Las Vegas lines.  It is much different than other polls that collect votes from members of the media and coaches and strives to be the most accurate measurement of team performance over the course of the season.

The biggest disparities between the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll and the Linemakers Poll involve SEC schools Missouri, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Florida, which are all ranked significantly lowered by the AP.  The linemakers obviously have a lot more respect for the nation’s best conference and have rated a majority of the SEC teams accordingly in their poll.

RANK TEAM RATING AP RANK

1

Alabama

124.3

2

2

Southern Cal

123.8

1

3

LSU

122.4

3

4

Oklahoma

121.7

4

5

Florida State

121.1

7

T-6

Oregon

117.8

5

T-6

Georgia

117.8

6

8

Arkansas

117.1

10

9

Texas

116.9

15

10

Michigan

116.5

8

11

South Carolina

116.4

9

12

Florida

116.2

23

13

Wisconsin

115.6

12

14

Virginia Tech

115.4

16

15

Ohio State

115.0

18

16

Michigan State

114.9

13

17

West Virginia

114.7

11

18

Clemson

114.6

14

19

Nebraska

114.5

17

20

Notre Dame

114.4

26

21

Oklahoma State

114.1

19

22

Stanford

114.0

21

23

Texas Christian

113.0

20

24

Texas A&M

112.8

36

25

Tennessee

112.3

33

26

Missouri

112.2

38

27

North Carolina

111.8

29

T-28

Brigham Young

111.7

32

T-28

Kansas State

111.7

22

30

Auburn

111.5

28

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