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Alabama running back Blake Sims, left, and teammate offensive linesman Ryan Kelly celebrate Sims' fourth-quarter touchdown against Arkansas in an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Alabama defeated Arkansas 52-0. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)
Alabama and LSU are Nos. 1 and 2 in AP Top 25
First Published Sep 16 2012 09:46 am • Last Updated Sep 16 2012 11:31 am

New York • Alabama and LSU are back atop The Associated Press college football poll, holding down Nos. 1 and 2 the way they did most of last season. The teams also were first and second in the USA Today poll.

The Crimson Tide is No. 1 for the third straight week, and it was almost unanimous in the AP poll. Alabama received 58 of 60 first-place votes. LSU got the other two.

At a glance

AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 15, 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 (58) 3-0 1,498 1

2. LSU (2) 3-0 1,433 3

3. Oregon 3-0 1,356 4

4. Florida St. 3-0 1,275 5

5. Georgia 3-0 1,203 7

6. Oklahoma 2-0 1,181 5

7. South Carolina 3-0 1,081 8

8. West Virginia 2-0 1,051 9

9. Stanford 3-0 1,009 21

10. Clemson 3-0 899 11

11. Notre Dame 3-0 854 20

12. Texas 3-0 816 14

13. Southern Cal 2-1 776 2

14. Florida 3-0 743 18

15. Kansas St. 3-0 683 15

16. Ohio St. 3-0 680 12

17. TCU 2-0 535 16

18. Michigan 2-1 448 17

19. UCLA 3-0 429 22

20. Louisville 3-0 366 19

21. Michigan St. 2-1 318 10

22. Arizona 3-0 296 24

23. Mississippi St. 3-0 106 NR

24. Boise St. 1-1 95 NR

25. Nebraska 2-1 80 NR

Others receiving votes: Oregon St. 68, Baylor 55, Northwestern 41, Ohio 20, Oklahoma St. 19, Rutgers 19, Iowa St. 15, Virginia Tech 13, Cincinnati 9, Tennessee 6, Texas Tech 5, Wisconsin 5, Missouri 4, Texas A&M 4, Georgia Tech 3, Fresno St. 2, Utah 1.

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The Southeastern Conference rivals were ranked first and second for eight weeks during last season before eventually meeting in the BCS title game. The difference last year was LSU was first and Alabama second — until the Tide won the national championship game.

LSU moved up to No. 2 this week after Southern California’s first loss of the season. USC slipped 11 spots to 13th after losing 21-14 at Stanford.

Stanford jumped from 21st to ninth.




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