Alabama ranks # 1 on The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this year, expanding its record to 13 in consecutive seasons by at least a week.
Notre Dame moved up two places to second on Sunday after upset Clemson with two hours of overtime in a dramatic game on Saturday night. The state of Ohio stayed in 3rd place. Clemson gave up the top spot for the first time this season, finishing in 4th place.
The Crimson Tide, which had an open date, received 59 out of 62 votes in first place. Notre Dame, who at the end of the 2012 regular season had their best placement since first place, received two votes in first place. Ohio State has one.
Texas A&M moved up two places to fifth, the Aggies’ best ranking since finishing fifth at the end of the 2012 season. Florida jumped two places to sixth after beating Georgia to one loss in three games scoring his rival in the SEC East. The Bulldogs fell eight places to a season low of 13.
No. 8 BYU, No. 9 Miami and No. 10 Indiana round off the top 10. The Hoosiers moved up three places after beating Michigan to earn their best finish since their No. 10 in 1969.
It’s no surprise when Alabama hits number 1, but it’s always historic. The season series of the Crimson Tide with at least one appearance in 1st place began in Nick Saban’s second year as a coach in Tuscaloosa. The Tide topped the poll for the first time under Saban on November 2, 2008, the day after beating Arkansas State.
# 1 Texas lost at Texas Tech this week – Graham Harrell to Michael Crabtree in the final seconds when the Red Raiders shocked the Longhorns – to open the door to Alabama for promotion. The second longest streak in a row, ranked # 1 in AP poll history, belongs to Miami, which ran for seven seasons from 1986 to 1992. This # 1 gig is 92nd among Saban and Alabama’s record 123 overall.
Take away Alabama’s other No. 1 appearances and only Saban’s No. 1 appearances would rank fourth in college football history after Ohio State (105), Oklahoma (101), and Notre Dame (98). That is also more than Southern California (91) ever before.
– # 23 Northwestern is ranked 21st by the Wildcats for the first time since the end of the 2018 season.
– No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette returns to the rankings after being cracked earlier this season for the first time in nearly 80 years.
– Boise State stalled after being run over by BYU on Friday night.
– Michigan is out for the first time this season after falling to 1-2. The Wolverines were last unrated when they qualified for the survey in late 2017. At the beginning of this season, the Big Ten teams were not qualified for the AP Top 25 as the conference did not have an autumn schedule.
SEC – 5 (No. 1, 5, 6, 13, 24).
Big Ten – 4 (No. 3, 10, 12, 23).
Big 12 – 4 (No. 14, 17, 18, 21).
ACC – 3 (No. 2, 4, 9).
Americans – 2 (No. 7, 19).
Pac-12-2 (No. 11, 20).
Sun belt – 2 (No. 15, 25).
C-USA – 1 (No. 16). Independent _ 2 (No. 8, 22).
RANKING vs. RANKING
After four top 25 games last weekend, there won’t be any more next week. Blame LSU. The defending champion stumbled to 2-3, meaning the Tigers will face Alabama as an unranked team for the first time since 2001.