Alabama jumps to top spot in AP, coaches polls
by Mark Edwards
medwards@decaturdaily.com
Sep 04, 2012 | 6668 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) runs into the end zone to score a touchdown during the first half against Michigan. Photo: LM Otero/Associated Press
Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) runs into the end zone to score a touchdown during the first half against Michigan. Photo: LM Otero/Associated Press
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Alabama has moved up to No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches rankings, which were released today.

Southern California, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma round out top five in both polls. The Crimson Tide was No. 2 in both sets of preseason rankings, trailing USC with the AP and LSU with the coaches.

In the AP poll, Alabama received 45 first-place votes, while Southern California had 11 and LSU four. The Crimson Tide was No. 2 in the preseason rankings, while USC was first. The Trojans beat Hawaii 49-10 in their opener.

The coaches gave Alabama 37 first-place votes, while USC had 14 and LSU seven. Oregon received one first-place vote.

Michigan dropped from No. 8 to No. 19 in both polls after the 41-14 loss Saturday to the Crimson Tide.

Auburn dropped out of both polls after falling to Clemson on Saturday. The Tigers were the only team ranked in the coaches preseason poll that didn't make it to Week 2.

This marks the 47th time Alabama has occupied the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll. Oddly enough, that puts the Crimson Tide only eighth all-time, according to collegepollarchive.com, even though it ranks first by finishing first in the final AP poll eight times.

This is the fifth straight season in which Alabama has reached No. 1 in AP poll at some point during the year. According to ESPN analyst Brad Edwards, this is the second time within last 50 years that has happened. Miami did it during 1986-92.

According to AP, this is the 86th time in the 76-year history of the poll that the top-ranked team won and dropped in the rankings.

Bob Asmussen of the Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette had voted Michigan first in the preseason poll, but he now has Alabama first, with the Wolverines No. 13.

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News voted Tide ninth in preseason, but now has Alabama No. 1 on his ballot. In an interview in August, Wilner said he was open to moving Alabama based on what he saw against Michigan.

Kyle Meinke of annarbor.com put Oklahoma first on his preseason ballot, but now has Alabama first. "How could I not, after seeing that?" he posted on Twitter.

Of the 15 AP voters who didn't have Alabama first, 11 put the Tide second. Four put Alabama third: Brandon Marcello, Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger; Glenn Guilbeau, Gannett Louisiana News Service; Ira Schoffel, Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle.

The USA Today coaches poll does not make its ballots public until the final rankings of the year.
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