Alabama, having won its Southeastern Conference showdown with Tennessee, Monday climbed three places into the No. 5 spot previously held by the Volunteers in United Press International's college football ratings.

The Crimson Tide Saturday defeated the Volunteers 47-30 to crack the top five, the only teams in Division 1-A with perfect records.Notre Dame, 7-0 and winners of 19 straight games, retained the No. 1 spot it has held since last Oct. 31 with a 28-24 triumph over Southern Cal. The Trojans remained at No. 10.

The Fighting Irish received 40 of 45 first-place votes and 730 of 750 possible points to lead Miami by 58. The idle Hurricanes captured 672 points, 21 more than No. 3 Colorado, which extended its lead over No. 4 Nebraska from eight points to 20.

Miami is 6-0 and Colorado and Nebraska are 7-0 after lopsided conference victories.

"We don't belong up there with them," Alabama Coach Bill Curry said. "We have may have the capacity to be very highly ranked on our squad but we haven't performed up to that level in my opinion. I'm thrilled the men who vote on UPI are impressed but I haven't been impressed.

Brigham Young University, which defeated UTEP, 49-24, Saturday, jumped two places to No. 18. The Cougars are 6-1 on the season.

Alabama finished five points ahead of No. 6 Michigan, 5-1 and improving one place with a victory over Iowa. Pittsburgh, 5-0-1, rose two spots despite not playing, as Arkansas and Tennessee fell from the undefeated ranks and the Top 10.