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Posted: Tuesday September 4, 2012 1:18PM ; Updated: Tuesday September 4, 2012 1:19PM

Alabama takes top spot in AP poll

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Alabama is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving past Southern California after its resounding victory against Michigan.

The Crimson Tide swayed more than enough voters with its 41-14 win Saturday night in Texas to overtake the preseason No. 1 Trojans, who beat Hawaii 49-10. USC entered that game a 40-point favorite at home.

The Tide receives 45 first-place votes, up 28 from last week. USC draws 11 first-place votes and No. 3 LSU four.

It's the 47th time Alabama has been No. 1, the 16th under coach Nick Saban.

This is the 86th time in the 76-year history of the AP media poll that the top-ranked team won and dropped in the rankings. It's happened at least once every year since 2007.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (45) 1-0 1,481 2
2 USC (11) 1-0 1,435 1
3 LSU (4) 1-0 1,382 3
4 Oregon 1-0 1,295 5
5 Oklahoma 1-0 1,170 4
6 Florida State 1-0 1,135 7
7 Georgia 1-0 1,083 6
8 Arkansas 1-0 992 10
9 West Virginia 1-0 980 11
9 South Carolina 1-0 980 9
11 Michigan State 1-0 915 13
12 Clemson 1-0 788 14
13 Wisconsin 1-0 664 12
14 Ohio State 1-0 634 18
15 Virginia Tech 1-0 604 16
16 Nebraska 1-0 603 17
17 Texas 1-0 584 15
18 Oklahoma State 1-0 558 19
19 Michigan 0-1 446 8
20 TCU 0-0 355 20
21 Kansas State 1-0 339 22
22 Notre Dame 1-0 198 NR
23 Louisville 1-0 190 25
24 Florida 1-0 145 23
25 Stanford 1-0 131 21
Others Receiving Votes: Boise State79, Tennessee73, Brigham Young63, North Carolina48, Baylor38, Utah34, Washington15, Georgia Tech14, Ohio10, Texas State10, Missouri7, Texas A&M5, South Florida5, UCF4, Auburn3, Mississippi State3, Cincinnati2

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