Alabama stays No. 1, Arkansas tumbles out of AP poll

The Sports Network
9/9/2012 5:42:51 PM
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Alabama remained the top team in the latest Associated Press college football poll, but next week's SEC opener against Arkansas will not be a matchup of top 10 teams after the Razorbacks tumbled all the way out of the rankings following Saturday's overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

Arkansas was ranked eighth this past week, but lost quarterback Tyler Wilson during Saturday's 34-31 setback and will be unranked when the Crimson Tide invade Fayetteville next weekend. It's the second-largest drop-out of any team in the AP rankings. Only Michigan had a bigger fall, dropping out of the poll after losing to Appalachian State as the fifth-ranked team in 2007.

Alabama, which ascended to the top spot last week following a season-opening win over Michigan, rolled to a 35-0 rout of Western Kentucky on Saturday. This week, the Crimson Tide received 48 first-place votes -- three more than last week -- and a total of 1,486 points from a nationwide media panel.

Southern California, which started the season at No. 1, is again ranked second this week. The Trojans, after a 42-29 win over Syracuse in New Jersey, picked up eight first-place votes -- three fewer than last week.

LSU, which again earned four top tallies, remained third, followed again by Oregon. Florida State and Oklahoma tied for fifth, while Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State round out this week's top 10.

The second 10 consists of Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Texas, Kansas State, TCU, Michigan, Florida, Louisville and Notre Dame. Kansas State and Florida each moved up six places.

Stanford and newcomers UCLA, Tennessee, Arizona and BYU are the last five teams ranked this week. UCLA beat then-No. 16 Nebraska, 36-30, sending the Cornhuskers out of the poll, while Arizona knocked off then-No. 18 Oklahoma State to drop the Cowboys out.

In addition to Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State, Wisconsin also fell from the rankings. The Badgers were 13th last week and dropped a 10-7 decision at Oregon State.

After Saturday's action was void of any top-25 matchups, next week's schedule features a trio of such games as Stanford welcomes Southern California, Florida visits Tennessee and Michigan State hosts Notre Dame.

Kolton Browning (Photo: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)


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