Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts after the victory over the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

2012 College Football Rankings: Alabama Jumps USC In Both Polls

The year's first post-action college football rankings come out Tuesday, with the Associated Press Top 25 moving Alabama up to No. 1. Official BCS standings won't start coming out until October.

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2012 BlogPoll, Week 2: No. 1 Alabama Breaks Everything, Including Michigan

Nearly 100 of the brightest blogging minds in the country voted on the top 25 college football teams after Week 1. And Alabama got almost all of the first-place votes.

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College Football Rankings: Why Do We Have September Polls?

Even if we retain preseason college football polls, we don't need to have another poll until three or four weeks have passed, when we have begun to learn what we need to learn about the sport's best teams.

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College Football Rankings: Simulated BCS Standings Show Why Not To Play Alabama

College football's Week 1 was good for Michigan State, Clemson and Nebraska, but very bad for Michigan, which may have learned the value of soft scheduling in the BCS era. Below, a look at what the BCS standings would look like if they officially came out this week.

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College Football Rankings, Week 2: Coaches' Poll Dumps LSU For Alabama

The USA Today Coaches' Poll entered Week 1 with LSU at No. 1 ahead of Alabama and USC, but a trampling of No. 8 Michigan by the Tide means Nick Saban's crew sweeps the polls this week. LSU dips to No. 3 by a narrow margin, with USC having beaten a slightly better opponent in Hawai'i than LSU did in North Texas.

Oregon and Oklahoma switch spots, as do Florida State and Georgia, just as they did in the AP Top 25. West Virginia and South Carolina tied in the AP, but here WVU gets the clear edge.

The full Coaches' Poll Top 25 for Week 1:

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Last week
1. Alabama (37) 1-0 1,447 2
2. Southern California (14) 1-0 1,398 3
3. LSU (7) 1-0 1,375 1
4. Oregon (1) 1-0 1,286 5
5. Oklahoma 1-0 1,171 4
6. Florida State 1-0 1,144 7
7. Georgia 1-0 1,092 6
8. West Virginia 1-0 1,032 11
9. South Carolina 1-0 943 9
10. Arkansas 1-0 929 10
11. Michigan State 1-0 868 13
12. Clemson 1-0 826 14
13. Wisconsin 1-0 719 12
14. Nebraska 1-0 652 16
15. Texas 1-0 600 15
16. Oklahoma State 1-0 595 19
17. TCU 0-0 479 17
18. Virginia Tech 1-0 476 20
19. Michigan 0-1 427 8
20. Kansas State 1-0 414 21
21. Stanford 1-0 324 18
22. Notre Dame 1-0 252 24
23. Florida 1-0 204 23
24. Louisville 1-0 109 NR
25. Boise State 0-1 82 22

Dropped out
No. 25 Auburn (0-1).
Others receiving votes
Washington 55; Brigham Young 41; Baylor 39; Tennessee 29; Utah 20; Auburn 18; Georgia Tech 16; Missouri 16; Texas A&M 13; South Florida 12; Central Florida 11; Ohio 11; Cincinnati 10; Mississippi State 10; Virginia 7; Arizona 6; Louisiana Tech 6; Nevada 5; Vanderbilt 3; Northwestern 1; Rutgers 1; Texas Tech 1.

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2012 College Football Rankings, Week 2: AP Top 25 Jumps Alabama Over USC

The Alabama Crimson Tide have reclaimed the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 after USC held it for just one week. They're followed by USC, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma in the top five.

Entering Tuesday, the big question regarding the polls was whether Bama's convincing win over No. 8 Michigan would be enough for the Tide to overtake No. 1 USC, which dusted Hawai'i. Some had also wondered whether No. 5 Oregon's blowout of Sun Belt champ Arkansas State meant the Ducks could swap spots with No. 4 Oklahoma, which didn't exactly overwhelm UTEP. It appears these things happened.

Early on, the BCS computers also might be leaning Alabama's way, as indicated by Jeff Sagarin's BCS-approved formula results.

The full AP Top 25:

Rank Team Record Points
1 Alabama (45) 1-0 1481
2 USC (11) 1-0 1435
3 LSU (4) 1-0 1382
4 Oregon 1-0 1295
5 Oklahoma 1-0 1170
6 Florida State 1-0 1135
7 Georgia 1-0 1083
8 Arkansas 1-0 992
9 South Carolina 1-0 980
9 West Virginia 1-0 980
11 Michigan State 1-0 915
12 Clemson 1-0 788
13 Wisconsin 1-0 664
14 Ohio State 1-0 634
15 Virginia Tech 1-0 604
16 Nebraska 1-0 603
17 Texas 1-0 584
18 Oklahoma State 1-0 558
19 Michigan 0-1 446
20 TCU 0-0 355
21 Kansas State 1-0 339
22 Notre Dame 1-0 198
23 Louisville 1-0 190
24 Florida 1-0 145
25 Stanford 1-0 131
  • Dropped from rankings: Boise State 24
  • Others receiving votes: Boise State 79, Tennessee 73, BYU 63, North Carolina 48, Baylor 38, Utah 34, Washington 15, Georgia Tech 14, Ohio 10, Texas State 10, Missouri 7, Texas A&M 5, South Florida 5, UCF 4, Mississippi State 3, Auburn 3, Cincinnati 2
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