Tide is AP No. 1 for school-best 8th straight week
College Football • Alabama gets 59 of 60 first-place votes
Published: October 21, 2012 02:39PM
Updated: October 23, 2012 05:48PM

Alabama has run its streak of weeks at No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll to eight, the longest stay atop the rankings by the Crimson Tide.

Alabama received 59 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel. The Tide has twice previously been No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks — in 1979 when Bear Bryant coached ‘Bama to a national title and in 1980 when the Tide finished sixth.

Oregon is No. 2 for the fifth consecutive week, though the gap between the Ducks and No. 3 Florida, which received the other first-place vote, narrowed after the Gators beat South Carolina 44-11 on Saturday. Alabama had gone three straight weeks as unanimous No. 1.

The rest of the top six was also unchanged after No. 4 Kansas State, No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 6 LSU all won.

South Carolina dropped from ninth to No. 17.

AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 20, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pv

1. Alabama (59) 7-0 1,499 1

2. Oregon 7-0 1,424 2

3. Florida (1) 7-0 1,380 3

4. Kansas St. 7-0 1,333 4

5. Notre Dame 7-0 1,241 5

6. LSU 7-1 1,172 6

7. Oregon St. 6-0 1,106 8

8. Oklahoma 5-1 1,065 10

9. Ohio St. 8-0 1,028 7

10. Southern Cal 6-1 944 11

11. Florida St. 7-1 872 12

12. Georgia 6-1 745 13

13. Mississippi St. 7-0 739 15

14. Clemson 6-1 713 14

15. Texas Tech 6-1 653 18

16. Louisville 7-0 620 16

17. South Carolina 6-2 591 9

18. Rutgers 7-0 539 19

19. Stanford 5-2 421 22

20. Michigan 5-2 300 23

21. Boise St. 6-1 258 24

22. Texas A&M 5-2 252 20

23. Ohio 7-0 181 25

24. Louisiana Tech 6-1 106 NR

25. West Virginia 5-2 76 17

Others receiving votes • Toledo 49, Texas 33, Wisconsin 31, TCU 29, Nebraska 24, Penn St. 18, NC State 13, Oklahoma St. 12, Arizona 7, UCLA 7, Tulsa 6, Arizona St. 5, N. Illinois 5, Cincinnati 3.