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Alabama moves up to No. 2 in AP poll

POSTED October 3, 2011 10:11 p.m.

LSU and Alabama are the top two teams in the country one month before their game in Tuscaloosa.
The SEC West rivals held the first two spots in The Associated Press college football poll released Sunday as the second-ranked Crimson Tide jumped past No. 3 Oklahoma.
Alabama’s rise gives the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 10th time in the last four seasons. And for the first time since 2000, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams reside in the same division. That season Nebraska and Kansas State of the Big 12 North held the top two spots in the AP poll for one week.
The Tide beat Florida 38-10 on Saturday night in Gainesville, then received 12 first-place votes in the media rankings.
LSU remained No. 1 for a second straight week, receiving 40 first-place votes and 1,473 points. Alabama had 1,435 points. The Tigers play the Tide on Nov. 5 in a game that could ultimately decide the division — and much more.
Oklahoma, which started the season No. 1 before slipping behind LSU last week, got seven first-place votes.
Wisconsin also moved up after a big victory, jumping three spots to No. 4 after a 48-17 win against Nebraska.
Boise State, which had one first-place vote, slipped a spot to No. 5.
Oklahoma was No. 1 in the USA Today coaches’ poll, followed by LSU, Alabama, Stanford and Wisconsin.
The top eight in the AP poll were all undefeated, with No. 6 Oklahoma State followed by Stanford and Clemson.
Oregon was ninth and Arkansas was No. 10.
Three more unbeaten teams were next: No. 11 Texas, which faces rival Oklahoma on Saturday in Dallas, No. 12 Michigan and No. 13 Georgia Tech.
Nebraska fell six spots to No. 14 and Auburn jumped back into the poll all the way to No. 15 after the Tigers beat South Carolina 16-10 on the road. The defending national champions have fallen out of the rankings twice this season.
No. 16 West Virginia is the only Big East team in the rankings.
No. 17 Florida dropped five spots after getting thumped by Alabama and No. 18 South Carolina dropped eight spots.
No. 19 Illinois has its best ranking since the final regular-season poll of 2007. No. 20 Kansas State is ranked for the first time since Oct. 14, 2007.
The final five were Virginia Tech, Arizona State, Florida State, Texas A&M and Baylor.
Falling out after losses were TCU and South Florida.

The AP Top 25
College football poll
                                Record       Pts    Pv

 1. LSU (40)                  5-0      1,473    1
 2. Alabama (12)            5-0     1,435    3
 3. Oklahoma (7)            4-0    1,397    2
 4. Wisconsin                 5-0    1,266     7
 5. Boise St. (1)              4-0    1,248    4
 6. Oklahoma St.            4-0    1,191    5
 7. Stanford                    4-0    1,185    6
 8. Clemson                    5-0    1,093    13
 9. Oregon                      3-1    1,028    9
10. Arkansas                  4-1       860    18
11. Texas                       4-0       833    17
12. Michigan                  5-0       812    19
13. Georgia Tech           5-0       667    21
14. Nebraska                 4-1      555      8
15. Auburn                     4-1      550    NR
16. West Virginia            4-1     544    22
17. Florida                      4-1     498    12
18. South Carolina          4-1     487    10
19. Illinois                       5-0     428    24
20. Kansas St.                4-0     349    NR
21. Virginia Tech             4-1     341    11
22. Arizona St.                4-1     256    25
23. Florida St.                 2-2     237    23
24. Texas A&M              2-2     216    14
25. Baylor                       3-1     186    15
Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 154, Houston 68, Washington 37, Texas Tech 25, Notre Dame 24, South Florida 22, Georgia 11, Penn St. 9, Southern Cal 7, SMU 5, Cincinnati 1, Pittsburgh 1, Tennessee 1.


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