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Tide unanimous No. 1 in both major polls

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While there may be some a lot of divisiveness among the fans, there’s no doubt who the voters in the two major polls feel is the top team in the country.

For the first time all season, Alabama was ranked No. 1 by all 59 coaches who vote in the USA Today poll.  A short time later, the Associated Press made it a clean sweep for the defending BcS champions.

All 60 voters in the AP poll tabbed the Tide as the No. 1 team in the nation, marking the third straight week UA has been a unanimous choice of the media.  And, for the fourth straight week, idle Oregon sits right behind at No. 2.

Just as it did in the coaches’ poll, West Virginia’s loss to Texas Tech cost the Mountaineers double-digit spots in the rankings as WVU fell all the way from No. 5 to No. 17.  And, just as was the case in the coaches’ poll, South Carolina’s loss to LSU didn’t cost the Gamecocks’ a top-ten ranking as the other USC fell from No. 3 to No. 9.

LSU’s win over the Gamecocks bumped the Tigers up three to No. 6.

Oklahoma is the only new team in the Top Ten from a week ago, climbing from No. 13 to No. 10.  Kansas State (No. 4), Notre Dame (No. 5) and Oregon State (No. 8) all moved up two spots apiece, while Florida (No. 3) and Ohio State (No. 7) each moved up one.

Mississippi State was the biggest mover inside the Top 25, jumping up four spots to No. 15 following the Bulldogs’ win over unranked Tennessee.  That gives the SEC six teams ranked 15th or better, with Georgia (No. 13) being the other.

The Red Raiders romp over WVU left an impression  on the voters as Tech went from unranked all the way up to No. 17.  Ohio University was the only other team to break into the Top 25 this week, coming in at No. 25.  It marks the first time since the final poll of the 1968 season that the Bobcats have cracked the AP rankings.

Texas (No. 15) and Louisiana Tech (No. 23) both fell out of the rankings.

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22 Responses to “Tide unanimous No. 1 in both major polls”
  1. kiopta1 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:37 PM

    Go Irish. Man we still have to play 2 top ten teams in OK and USC. But next up… BYU.

  2. Deb says: Oct 14, 2012 1:41 PM

    Although I’m a diehard Tide fan, the most fun thing about this week for me was the LSU/South Carolina game. I posted last week that LSU wasn’t finished and that South Carolina might be overinflated from its big victory over Georgia. Everyone reacted like I was nuts. Ha ha … look what happened.

    LSU is a huge rival, but I still love Eric Reid. Will never forget that huge heads-up play he had against us during the regular season last year. That was the play of the game. But he also made crucial plays for the Tigers this year in the close game against Auburn and again yesterday. Just a great, hard-working player.

    Was proud that my alma mater Mizzou kept fighting to the end against Alabama. But the Tide rolled, and that’s what matters.

  3. gator2006 says: Oct 14, 2012 2:30 PM

    West Virginia ranked ahead of Texas Tech. Somebody please attempt to justify this.

  4. Deb says: Oct 14, 2012 2:36 PM

    @gator2006 …

    People are crazy.

    It’s not a justification, but it explains a lot.

  5. ddjjddjj says: Oct 14, 2012 3:26 PM

    Go dawgs. MSU on a quiet climb. Keep grinding.

  6. Deb says: Oct 14, 2012 6:53 PM

    Oops … probably shouldn’t have spent almost my whole post praising an LSU safety. Well, half my football brain is yelling “Roll Tide” and the other half is thinking about what the Steelers need in the next draft …

  7. texasbornlsufan says: Oct 14, 2012 7:59 PM

    After today’s Cowboy game the Bama fans better watch there coach
    Saban to the Cowboys?

  8. Deb says: Oct 14, 2012 8:11 PM

    @texasbornlsufan …

    My Steelers needed a Cowboys win over the Ravens today, and it was just peachy watching them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory twice in about 60 seconds. But I’m not worried about losing Nick to Dallas. Saban likes to run his own show. Don’t think he’d enjoy living in Jerry’s world. Doubt that stadium is big enough for both of them ;)

  9. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 14, 2012 8:21 PM

    @Deb
    That’s stadium ain’t big enough for Jerry by himself

  10. texasbornlsufan says: Oct 14, 2012 8:28 PM

    Jerry has more money than sense! If he wants Saban he will go get him. I’m sure after Saban’s last experience in the pro’s he know what to ask for this time. He is ana who has to be challenged and getting the Cowboys back to winning would make him the best all around coach ever.

  11. texasbornlsufan says: Oct 14, 2012 8:39 PM

    Herbstret is an idiot! He just said Oragon relax Florida will have to play Alabama in the SEC Championship. Don’t both these teams have a few more games to play!

  12. Deb says: Oct 14, 2012 8:42 PM

    @texasbornlsufan …

    Yes, Saban loves a challenge and anything is possible. But he took a paycut to leave Miami because his wife was miserable in the pro culture.

    Besides … if you’re a Cowboys fan, I don’t know that Saban is your answer. Nick’s two great strengths are recruiting and defense. Jones would never give him the player personnel reins. It’s just not going to happen as long as he’s running the team. He wants the last word on player acquisitions. Rob Ryan knows his stuff on defense. And look what Wade has done in Houston. Defense isn’t your problem. I agree that Garrett’s not your guy. But frankly, I don’t know who can succeed with Jones in the mix.

  13. texasbornlsufan says: Oct 14, 2012 10:05 PM

    Deb, I am a Cowboy hater! Grew up Oiler fan and had a lot of bad nights after your Steelers beat up on us!

  14. Deb says: Oct 14, 2012 11:01 PM

    @texasbornlsufan …

    An Oiler fan!!! That was a great rivalry!! I miss them :)

    Are you a Texans fan now? Tonight’s not their night, but that’s a good team. They just caught the Packers on a tear.

  15. suprmous says: Oct 15, 2012 1:32 AM

    texasbornlsufan, I’m with ya: give Saban more $$ and he’ll be in Texas tomorrow. Hell there’s plenty of room for the 2 egomanics: Saban and Jerry Jones along with some that are already there that haven’t been named. Some folks just don’t want to think he’d ever leave Bama but ………, just sayin.

  16. neauxgeaux44 says: Oct 15, 2012 10:10 AM

    Tide will fall to LSU…they’ve played no one….sorry, rednecks…maybe you can follow your pro sports team…oops…I forgot, your state’s too poor for any pro sports….roll turdz roll….lmao..

  17. Deb says: Oct 15, 2012 1:08 PM

    Yes, give him more money and he’ll go anywhere. That’s why he took a paycut to come to Bama from Miami. Brilliant. LOL

  18. olebubba says: Oct 15, 2012 2:16 PM

    Chalk it up now…..ND vs Oregon in the National Championship game.

  19. suprmous says: Oct 16, 2012 1:10 AM

    Once again She Who Knows it All and Makes Everything a joke’s back.

  20. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 16, 2012 3:53 AM

    @Deb
    What’s his name neauxtigeaux or something like that … You have to remember he’s a real diehard LSU fan… However Les Miles and several players stated that they can care less for disrespectful idiots that do or say things that may and can reflect bad on its program!! It is to be expected when liberals and Democrates spew out the hates. I’m a conservative, and I get name called at by people that are supposed by for liberation and the freedom to some who and what I want without harassment …, but sure enough, here it comes; bible thumbing redneck, you must be an exception to the KKK, what are you man, a Banana or Twinky, you like what? Yellow on the outside and white on the inside…. Now these are the so called open minded liberals that was calling me all this; one guy came up to me and asked why did I support Bush (last time around), I told a brush of why I support Bush,… Basically it all boils down to “of the two less evil.” and I felt like at the time Kerry was not ready for the position and I believe his wanting of the office is for personal glory and no the betterment of society. My very wealthy liberal friend said, ” So you did know that Democrats do more for minorities than the Republican does?
    I’m like “like what”
    Your people will get all kinds of health benefit for, plus you move away from the south if you want to they will protect it do decide to move, so that the bible belters won’t hurt you and your family.”
    I’m Like “wow”
    “Man if you vote for Kerry, you’ll make sure that the minorities get all the help they will need, if yiu don’t want to pay your phone bill, the government can pay that for you !”
    I’m like “get outta here! Are you serious?”
    So I finally told him, “buddy what happens if I dont nerd government assistant?
    You should apply and take every advantage of all the free money as much as possible.”
    “my wife and I haw lived in Louisiana almost all my life and I met my wife from Arlington Tx, and her and I love it here. The kids are both in good school. And we love our neighbors and friends that we have known since childhood.”
    My buddy,”don’t you know that they only smile to you only when you’re around, I bet they are wishing for you and your family to go back where ever you came from.
    I don’t know what friends of mind you’re talking about , I guarantee you they weren’t from Louisiana.
    I finally told him, “growing up and meeting you for the first time in high school, I knew you came from money, it’s understandable why you feel the ways you do. You graduated from George Washington University, everything you have and had, came easy for you. You, like many liberals like you who think that they are doing the lower income minorities a favor by just giving them everything, is in fact you’re doing a huge disservice to them and their family. Life is not about an easy way out, for us as a family , and to grow as a family we must want more then what the government is offering us. We like every family, wants what is best for their family. If I have to work 50 to 60 hours a week so that I can afford to buy the extra health care plan then, so be it. It is good that the government provide free emergency service, at the expense of my father who have died in a government health facility. I remembered as a very young boy sitting next to him in his bed, feeling so hopeless because I can take him somewhere better.. The last three doctor that looked at his chart were resident and these were the hands that my father’s life on a balance. Sure they had the head doctor and specialist around, but well were they when a scared thirteen year old boy is holding his father’s hand and ever so slightly his grip were getting soft and softer.
    After three weeks in the Free Hospital., my father reached out to hold my hands for the very last time and said, “watch your younger brother and sister, you are now the father of the house, please help your mother (who can’t speak a lick of English ) take of the home.”
    The most powerfully and strongest man I have ever known cried a small tears as he stared in the empty ceilings.
    All I can remember is, no longer will I allow anyone I love to like this, to die not know did he received the best medical care possible and no longer will I allow members of my family to a lab rat so that future doctors can examined and poke to only relay the informations to the leading doctor, who apparent was to busy to come and in the test for himself to make sure no errors were made.
    From that day on, you can keep whatever it is that you are trying to give me, so you can say see we care !! No !! From now on I want my family to seen by your doctor or the doctors that you take your kids to. It’s expensive, well I guest that means I have to bust my ass and start working!!!
    I don’t need you to give me your food stamp… After my father passed away, my mother took me out of schools alot bc she has no one to help her translate. She need to go to the well fare office and apply for assistant. After we left the office I told my mothe we do not need this any more… The rich should help the poor :;; I don’t need it from you, especially government employees, who felt like we were taking her time, what happened to compassion !
    My mother has a name, she’s a woman who has just lost her husband, can you please call her by her name and not number 123334, that is not her! Dignity and Compassion is all we want. I swear on that day my mother will never step foot in a welfare office ever again, this mean getting my firet full job at 13 years and brother 15 years old. Yes I lied about my age so I could work.
    The only thing I want my government to do for me: guarantee me the same opportunity as any else, guarantee me that my freedom will never be infringe upon. And guarantee me that I have the right to go after my American Dream!
    Guarantee me that my family and friends are safe from all forms of threaths; and as a US Citizen guarantee me that when we travel the world we have the full protection of the United States armed forces.
    So don’t give me anything that I did not earn and don’t take away anything I love and care about.

  21. theuglitruth says: Oct 16, 2012 12:56 PM

    The Oregon Ducks haven’t beaten anybody good. And USC hasn’t beaten anyone with a winning record. Just stating the facts.

  22. greggatx says: Oct 18, 2012 12:18 PM

    I smell an unset in Tenn. this weekend. Go Vols.!!

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