Alabama still a strong No. 1, Oregon slips past LSU in poll

3:27 PM, Sep 23, 2012   |    comments
Big Al, mascot of the Alabama Crimson Tide, runs out on the field during pregame prior to facing the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Alabama remained a near-unanimous choice as the nation's top team while Oregon surpassed LSU in the latest Associated Press college football poll.

The Crimson Tide, after a 40-7 rout of overmatched Florida Atlantic, received all but one of the 60 first-place votes and a total of 1,499 points from a nationwide media panel.

Oregon and LSU swapped places. The Ducks moved up to second after a 49-0 throttling of then-No. 22 Arizona, while the Tigers dropped to third following a 12-10 escape at Auburn. LSU still garnered one first-place vote, losing one from last week.

Florida State and Georgia remained fourth and fifth, respectively, while South Carolina, Kansas State, Stanford, West Virginia and Notre Dame completed this week's top 10. Kansas State vaulted eight places from 15th after a surprising 24-19 victory at Oklahoma. The Sooners tumbled 10 places to 16th.

The second 10 consists of Florida, Texas, Southern California, Ohio State, TCU, Oklahoma, Clemson, Oregon State, Louisville and Michigan State. Oregon State moved into the rankings for the first time this season after a 27-20 win at UCLA. The Bruins were 19th and dropped out of the poll after the loss.

Mississippi State, Nebraska, Rutgers, Boise State and Baylor are the last five teams ranked this week. Rutgers, on the heels of a stunning 35-26 win at Arkansas, and Baylor are newcomers. Baylor outlasted Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, 47-42.

In addition to UCLA, Arizona fell out of the poll after its humbling loss in Eugene and Michigan tumbled out from 18th after a 13-6 loss at Notre Dame dropped the Wolverines to 2-2.

Next week's schedule features just two matchups of ranked teams, as Baylor visits West Virginia and Michigan State hosts Ohio State in the Big Ten opener for both schools.


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