New York, NY (Sports Network) - Alabama remained the top team in college
football, keeping its lofty position in the latest Associated Press poll.
Notre Dame, which lost to the Crimson Tide in last year's BCS National
Championship game, tumbled out of the poll after a home loss to Oklahoma.
Alabama improved to 4-0 with a 25-0 victory over then-No. 21 Ole Miss on
Saturday. The Crimson Tide received 55 first-place votes -- one fewer than
last week -- and a total of 1,495 points from a nationwide media panel.
Oregon, after a 55-16 rout of California, again picked up an extra No. 1 vote
for a total of five and held on to the second spot, followed again by Clemson,
Ohio State and Stanford.
Georgia moved up three spots to sixth after a 44-41 win over LSU, which
dropped four spots to 10th. Louisville, Florida State and Texas A&M are
sandwiched between the SEC powers.
The second 10 consists of Oklahoma, UCLA, South Carolina, Miami-Florida,
Washington, Northwestern, Baylor, Florida, Michigan and Texas Tech. Oklahoma
moved up three spots after its 35-21 win in South Bend.
Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Fresno State, Ole Miss and Maryland are the
last five teams ranked. Oklahoma State tumbled 10 spots from 11th after a
30-21 loss at West Virginia.
Arizona State and Maryland are this week's newcomers, replacing Notre Dame and
Wisconsin, the latter losing at Ohio State. Arizona State improved to 3-1,
following up a 42-28 loss at Stanford last week with a 62-41 home win over
Southern California on Saturday, a victory that ended the tenure of USC coach
Lane Kiffin, while Maryland is 4-0 and was idle this weekend after a 37-0 rout
of West Virginia last Saturday.
The Terrapins will have a tough test in their first game as a ranked team this
year with a visit to Florida State next Saturday. Two other ranked matchups
pit Ohio State at Northwestern and Stanford at home against Washington.
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