New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Alabama is the new top-ranked team in
college football, according to the latest Associated Press poll, and by a very
The 11-1 Crimson Tide, already No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings,
surpassed undefeated Florida State in the media voting after another narrow
escape by the Seminoles on Saturday.
Alabama, which rallied for a 55-44 win over Auburn on Saturday in the annual
Iron Bowl, received 25 first-place votes and a total of 1,426 points from a
nationwide media panel. Florida State, after a 24-19 win over Florida extended
its winning streak to 28, has 29 first-place votes but only 1,423 total
Oregon picked up the remaining five first-place votes and 1,391 points to
remain third. TCU jumped two spots into fourth, leaping over Baylor, which
remained fifth after a close finish against Texas Tech.
Ohio State, which lost quarterback J.T. Barrett for the remainder of the
season because of a fractured ankle, moved up one spot into sixth and was
followed by Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas State and Mississippi State.
Arizona rose four places from 12th following its win over Arizona State and
Mississippi State dropped six spots from fourth after a loss to Ole Miss in
the Egg Bowl.
The second 10 consists of Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Missouri,
Georgia, UCLA, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Clemson and Auburn. Georgia tumbled
seven spots from eighth after a home loss to Georgia Tech and UCLA also
dropped seven spots from ninth after a loss to Stanford.
Louisville, Boise State, LSU, Utah and Nebraska are the last five teams ranked
this week. LSU, Utah and Nebraska all returned to the poll after being ranked
previously. The Huskers are back in on the same day they fired coach Bo
Marshall, which had its undefeated season stopped in a 67-66 overtime loss to
Western Kentucky, fell out from 19th, while Colorado State and Minnesota also
dropped out after losing on Saturday.
Conference championships and the Big 12 finales are featured next week,
starting Friday when Arizona takes on Oregon for the Pac-12 title. On
Saturday, Alabama meets Missouri in the SEC, Florida State battles Georgia
Tech in the ACC and Ohio State squares off against Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Baylor, TCU and Kansas are all still alive in the Big 12, which does not have
a championship game. Baylor hosts Kansas State and TCU will welcome a 2-9 Iowa
State to Fort Worth.