Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin says the AP Top 25 has it right - Alabama is the No. 1 team in the nation.
"I think one poll got it right," Kiffin said. "If you watch football and pay attention, I don't think there's any doubt who the No. 1 team is. Alabama has a great team - very well-coached, extremely talented, great special teams, great on offense, great on defense."
Florida is ranked second in the AP Top 25 but first in the USA Today coaches' poll and Bowl Championship Series standings.
Kiffin said the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC) is a more complete team and says the teams' games against Arkansas reveals Alabama's strength. The Tide beat the Razorbacks 35-7 on Sept. 26 and the Gators narrowly beat Arkansas 23-20 on Saturday.
"While they're both great teams, one team kind of beats you in all three phases: Alabama," Kiffin said. "The other team will beat you at times but then a lot of times nobody's open and the quarterback runs around, makes the play. These guys are much more balanced."
The Vols (3-3, 1-2) lost 23-13 at Florida Sept. 19, when the Gators were No. 1. The fact that Tennessee was competitive when much of the football world predicted a Florida blowout coupled with a big victory against Georgia in its last game, gives some Vols players hope.
"We let one slip by against Florida, but we've put that behind us now, because we have another opportunity," guard Vladimir Richard said. "If we would have just corrected a few things, we'd have won the game. So now we're like, 'Let's not come in Sunday ... and say the same thing."
Meanwhile, Kiffin, who had been working under a memo of understanding, has signed a six-year, $14.25 million contract.
Kiffin must inform Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton if he is interested in any other college or professional coaching job or is approached about another position. He will owe the university between $200,000 and $1 million should he take another job.
UConn gets back to work after fatal stabbing. Connecticut team got back to work Tuesday, holding their first practice since the stabbing death of player Jasper Howard over the weekend.
"It's definitely hard to move forward, with a loss like that," linebacker Lawrence Wilson said. "But as his mom and his parents said to us, Jasper would want us to win. So I think the team will practice hard for him."
Police said Howard, a junior cornerback, was fatally stabbed during a fight outside a university-sanctioned dance early Sunday. Nobody has been charged with the stabbing, and UConn police said there were no new developments in the investigation.
W. Va. DL Berry suspended. West Virginia coach Bill Stewart has suspended defensive tackle Scooter Berry indefinitely, two days after the junior was arrested outside a Morgantown bar.