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John opined over the weekend that Alabama should be college football’s new No. 1 team following a 41-14 beat down of Michigan in the Cowboys Classic. Good news for him, as the Associated Press has taken JT’s belief to heart*.

(*Not really, but a man can dream.) 

In the first regular season AP poll of 2012, Alabama jumped previously top-ranked USC to secure this week’s No. 1 ranking, receiving 45 first-place votes in the process. It’s the 47th time Alabama has been ranked No. 1, the 16th time under coach Nick Saban.

Falling to No. 2, obviously, would be USC, which beat Hawaii 49-10. LSU stayed at No. 3 while Oregon swapped spots with Oklahoma for spots four and five. Georgia (No. 7) and Florida State (No. 6) flipped from their previous spots as well. Michigan, following Saturday’s loss to Alabama, fell 11 spots to No. 19. Tied at No. 9 is South Carolina and West Virginia after wins against Vanderbilt and Marshall, respectively.

Michigan State and Clemson both rose two spots to No. 11 and No. 12 wins over Boise State and Auburn, respectively. Wisconsin fell one spot to No. 13 after a close call with Northern Iowa and Ohio State jumped four spots to No. 14. Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU round out the top 20.

Kansas State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida and Stanford round out the final five spots.

Falling out of the rankings was Boise State.

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  1. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2012 12:45 PM

    That makes better sense. Alabama are the national champions until someone defeats them. The SEC is full of teams that will be trying to do exactly that, but until that happens they should be #1. That is not hard to understand at all. National champs, play the hardest conference in football, playing the most difficult conference teams in football and until some team beats them, if some team beats them, then they should remain #1.

    Few teams really have a chance, few teams have beaten them consistently or at par over the past few years, actually one team has a winning record for the past few years at home against the Tide and will play them at home on November 3, 7 pm, Death Valley, Baton Rouge.

  2. polegojim says: Sep 4, 2012 12:53 PM

    Exactly agreed.

    #1 is still #1 until/unless proven otherwise.

    LSU should be #2

    USC needs to prove their position.

  3. normtide says: Sep 4, 2012 1:16 PM

    Not a big deal to me. Bama, lsu, usc, and oregon are clearly the top 4, and that will be worked out on the field. Plus it is football, anything can happen, on any week. Roll Tide!

  4. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 4, 2012 1:18 PM

    I’ve seen this rodeo before… Remembered last year when #3LSU defeated #4Oregon and the very next week LSU jumped to number #1… This is just history repeating itself, and I love it!!!!!
    Nov 3 … That’s the only game that matters for both of these school … And I hope both are undefeated when they meet, because I’m going to bring out my .45cal elephant gun if they are. Can’t wait

  5. kozbee says: Sep 4, 2012 1:37 PM

    All the jibber-jabber about USC being #1,imo i always thought you have to prove yourself.Media gets the ball rolling on these issues all the time when all the time we really know who ranks atop.Now they got it right and USC should be ranked no higher then #10 till they prove to be a contender for the NC game.In my lifetime i`ve only had one use for a trojan.Roll Tide.

  6. gtizzo says: Sep 4, 2012 1:52 PM

    USC fans you better start cheering for some of your rivals to get better quick. Stanford didn’t look great and Cal lost. Right know you need strong opponents or your going to get BCS screwed. Because in two weeks Alabama plays Arkansas. They also have LSU on the schedule. Then you better thump Oregon big time, otherwise you will be watching the National title game from home.

  7. jimmy53 says: Sep 4, 2012 1:53 PM

    Florida State and Georgia did not stay the same…they flipped.

  8. emeraldcityfan says: Sep 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    Nothing against Alabama, but I see Western Kentucky on the slate this weekend while USC goes to NYC to play Syracuse. Will they flip flop again because the Trojans play the better team? Sure Alabama plays a good Arkansas squad but Florida Atlantic the next weekend? I bet USC wishes they could play a SEC style 8 conference schedule instead of the PAC’s 9 game slate.

  9. spankygreen says: Sep 4, 2012 2:24 PM

    gtizzo says:
    Sep 4, 2012 1:52 PM
    USC fans you better start cheering for some of your rivals to get better quick. Stanford didn’t look great and Cal lost. Right know you need strong opponents or your going to get BCS screwed. Because in two weeks Alabama plays Arkansas. They also have LSU on the schedule. Then you better thump Oregon big time, otherwise you will be watching the National title game from home.

    My thoughts exactly……I wish USC would schedule a few SEC teams each year……not ride the wave of mediocrity throughtout the season, ….(sorry Oregon, don’t mean you) then claim to be the best in the country……Also, what’s with the talk of the Heisman being Barkley’s to lose……give me a break, however with that powder puff of a schedule he should do well……

  10. normtide says: Sep 4, 2012 2:29 PM

    I doubt usc wants top trade schedules with bama our lsu.

  11. jimmy53 says: Sep 4, 2012 2:44 PM

    Thanks for the correction Ben.

  12. hockeynw says: Sep 4, 2012 3:21 PM

    USC would love to play SEC teams. In fact when they do they usually win. (relatively recent past..vs.Arkansas, Auburn).
    The problem is that the SEC is smart. They do not schedule games like this. They schedule one tough game against an overrated opponent (Michigan) and all other non-conference games are against teams that no one has heard of.
    The general public assumes all SEC teams are great, therefore they are automatically rewarded artificailly with numerous top 25 rankings. Then when they play each other they gain strength of schedule.
    The only real way to gauge is for these teams to play a real non-conference schedule against legitimate D1 teams (not just 1).

    Look up the non-conference schedules for all remaining SEC teams that are ranked. It’s beyond a joke..really Woolford..who is that?

  13. raincityseahawk says: Sep 4, 2012 3:29 PM

    The way to fix that is to only have your non-conference games count toward strength of schedule. Then you will see all of these teams trying to play each other.

  14. normtide says: Sep 4, 2012 3:40 PM

    Yes, that is why everyone raves about the strength of the pac south. It is way stronger then the sec west. Btw, who all is usc got, nc wise? Hawaii & ND? Wow, that is BEAST!

  15. jkitchens1971 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:54 PM

    I agree until unbeaten Alabama should have stayed #1. But somehow they were not in the preseason poll….so move on. So once they put USC #1….how can you bump them down…they scored more points, their opponent scored less and they even got their back up QB in for some action….Alabama didn’t. So explain how they deserve to get bumped????

  16. florida727 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:01 PM

    For those of you that criticize Alabama’s schedule, or USC’s for that matter, you do realize these games are scheduled several YEARS in advance in most cases, right?

    Face it, rankings by and large are useless and if they serve only one purpose, it’s this… getting fans talking about it on blog sites and standing next to office water coolers. And in that respect, the polls have done exactly what the media wants them to do… generate interest.

    Alabama has to play Arkansas and LSU on the road this year, plus then either South Carolina or Georgia in the SEC championship game. Couple that with other games against Texas A&M and Auburn, and their schedule is as tough as anyone in any other conference (Missouri and Tennessee on the road won’t be pushovers either). If they go undefeated, they’ll have earned the right to defend their title… on the field.

    Just remember, games aren’t played on paper… they’re played inside TV’s.

  17. suprmous says: Sep 4, 2012 4:06 PM

    gatorsnapper, how ya doin? Hope ya found the parents doin ok. Wanted to let ya know you and the family are in my prayers (in case you didn’t get my message from geauxtigers). And for the entire crew on here from the Great State of Louisiana, I hope today’s been a better day for you guys.

  18. raincityseahawk says: Sep 4, 2012 4:21 PM

    Of course these teams schedule years in advance. USC could at least be excused on this since Syracuse, ND and even Hawaii have been known to scare other D1 teams.

    But couldn’t guess the strength of Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic (is that a trade school?), and Western KY?

    Problem is that all of the SEC schools schedule their non-cons this way so we really never know if they are truly that good. They play each other and we assume that those games are tough because in the preseason “experts” tell us so. There is no proof outside the conference.

  19. normtide says: Sep 4, 2012 4:35 PM

    So winning six straight titles proves nothing? All were won against very good teams. By your logic, what can usc prove, at any point, this year? Or oregon, as both only play each other. Hold your league to the same standard please. Maybe check oregon and other pac scheds.

  20. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2012 4:43 PM


    I don’t want to do this but for sake of balance here…LSU plays Tennessee at TN and A&M at A&M (and that is a heated rivalry rekindled), and Arkansas there, and…well you understand.

    USC would never want any SEC schedule, especially any SEC West schedule and it may be this year or next, they would not have the SEC East schedule either.

    suprmous: Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Parents lost their/our roof, an out building, a fence and were flooded with water, though we sandbagged and did everything we knew to do. This will be a mess we will have to work at for some time to come.

    I did get your message through tigersgeaux. She has really been a great help to coordinate us and thanks to cometkazie for relaying the info about texting. Cells did not work but texting did and helped me to get to pickup points and refills on water and all I was delivered via boat.

  21. raincityseahawk says: Sep 4, 2012 4:56 PM


    You’re missing the point…who says A&M is tough? It’s artificial. Let me explain..

    If you have 10 teams in a conference and all are ranked in the top 10 in the country (artificially by “experts”) you then assume every game is tough. If all of the teams play weak non-con opponents then you really never know the strength of schedule. That’s the point.

    In most other sports good teams have to play other good teams eventually outside their conference to prove their worth. Not in NCAA football. You’re rewarded by scheduling Florida Atlantic.

    Didn’t Georgia lose to Boise State last year? Again why do we assume the SEC is that great?

  22. omniusprime says: Sep 4, 2012 5:00 PM

    Didn’t take long for the sports pundits to be on the take and make the SEC trash Alabama #1. That’s okay if Alabama meets USC in the national championship they’ll find out Barkley is fielding an elephant gun. Sad that the pundits are so prejudiced for the SEC. Go USC!

  23. normtide says: Sep 4, 2012 5:11 PM

    Remind me, which pundit helped an sec team beat oregon/oklahoma/texas/ohio state? But, it is easier for a weak mind to hate then face facts. Southerners are loving it tho, hearing excuses a child would use. I hope usc plays either bama or lsu, I am giddy waiting for the next round of excuses.

  24. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 4, 2012 5:32 PM

    Huh ???
    Is stupid or what??

  25. vie05ua says: Sep 4, 2012 5:33 PM

    I’d love to hear which pundits praise the SEC. They’re always so biased against SEC it’s not even funny. It’s always west coast or east coast rah rah rah…

    Not to mention, SEC holding the majority of BCS titles since its inception, most of them not only winning, but almost embarassing their opponent in the NC game. 8 BCS championships, with the only SEC loss in a BCS championship was to another SEC team (UA vs LSU).

    USC’s only championship was vacated…

    Guess over inflated SEC reputation is somewhat justified? SEC goes to the BCS championship, SEC wins.

  26. fcmlefty1 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:33 PM

    There is no doubt that the top 2 teams in the SEC are spectacular. What week 1 might have shown us though is that the next tier of teams in the conference might not be quite as good as we thought. I think most of the rankings in both polls look about right after the first week of action though (I’d maybe move Florida State to 5), and I think there is one heck of a drop off after the top 4. If there is a team approaching those 4, its Florida State, not Oklahoma.

  27. raincityseahawk says: Sep 4, 2012 6:12 PM

    Love all the folks who use 5 NC games (last year was a joke) to justify dominance. If you broaden the sample out to all who have won bowl games in the BCS era it’s not quite as stark.

    SEC has a .696 winning % vs. .600 PAC 10/12. Of course if the PAC had scheduled more NC powder puffs they would have had more appearances like the SEC. Again the % is relatively close.

    If you look at the top winning teams in this era most are not in the SEC (Ohio St., USC, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas, West VA.,).

    I’m not saying that the SEC like any other conference doesn’t produce a good team or two but to have so many teams and nothing to compare in schedule outside the conference is stupid.

  28. normtide says: Sep 4, 2012 6:20 PM

    Please, before you post, check who the pac teams play in nc. Your coming off as a fool rain, and I really dont think youu are. Maybe tell me who oregon played last weekend. I see no sched for a pac team that is impressive. In fact, I think western kentucky would finish 3rd or 4th in the pac north, maybe higher in the pac south. Show me who has a murderers row in front of them in the pac. Wku could beat hawaii.

  29. olvera32066 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:46 PM

    no matter what, this is still SC, this is still So. California. …and the rest of you are NOT !!!

    hate all you want….ha ha ha !!!!!

  30. manchestermiracle says: Sep 4, 2012 8:43 PM

    The AP had two ways to go after the first week of action. They could have admitted that they grossly over-ranked Michigan and leave USC where they originally had them or, and this was the easier of the two, refuse to admit they grossly over-ranked Michigan and move Alabama ahead of USC. This way they save face while throwing USC under the bus. Typical. BTW, when was the last time an SEC team ranked #1 was demoted after a victory? Anyone? Anyone at all?

    The only rankings that matter are the top two at the end of the year. It doesn’t seem to be bothering anyone at USC that they lost their top spot, but it sure seems to mean a whole lot to Bama fans. At least it does to the ones on here.

  31. brakengo says: Sep 5, 2012 12:32 AM

    Amen brother!

  32. 1historian says: Sep 5, 2012 7:47 AM

    As of this week Alabama is clearly #1. Their D was in Robinson’s head from just about the 1st play. He didn’t give up but he was clearly in over his head, as was the whole Michigan team. IMO Robinson is a terrific athlete but no pro-level QB.

    With the inevitable Heisman talk heating up let me tell this (annual) story.

    October 1916 little Cumberland College came to play mighty Georgia Tech.
    Score after 1 quarter – 63-0.
    At the half – 126-0.
    After 3 quarters – 180-0.
    Final score – 222-0.

    Coaching Georgia Tech on that day was John Heisman.

    He is the man after whom the trophy is named.

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