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Tommy Tuberville explains why he wouldn’t vote Alabama No. 1

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Tommy Tuberville caused Alabama fans plenty of grief during his Auburn tenure, and his popularity probably won’t jump after his latest remark.

The former Auburn and Ole Miss coach said he wouldn’t vote Alabama at the top of his rankings, he told

The reason? In one sense, it’s pretty simple.

“If I was a voter, I’d vote Clemson No. 1,” Tuberville said. “I think you’re No. 1 until you’re beaten.”

Clemson, which currently stands third in the AP poll and second in the coaches poll, hasn’t been beaten yet.

The Tigers defeated Alabama 35-31 in last year’s national championship game, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter including a touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining.

Clemson has started the season 2-0 with victories against Kent State and Auburn.

Offensively, Clemson has a new starting quarterback in Kelly Bryant; defensively, the Tigers have given up just nine points so far this season.

Tuberville, though, also said “Alabama, then LSU, Auburn and Georgia” are the four best teams in the SEC, with Georgia as the “frontrunner in the East.”

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