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Alabama maintains No. 1 ranking in both polls; Ohio State falls

Damien Harris
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Alabama maintained its place as the No. 1 team in the country in both the AP and coaches polls released Sunday.

The Crimson Tide received 58 of 61 (AP poll) and 58 of 60 (coaches poll) first-place votes following its 41-7 win over Fresno State on Saturday. (Alabama defeated Florida State, then ranked in the top five, in its season opener one week earlier.)

In the AP poll, Oklahoma, Clemson, USC and Penn State, in that order, join Alabama in the top five; in the coaches poll, Clemson, Oklahoma, USC and Penn State follow the Crimson Tide in the rankings. Oklahoma received two first-place votes in the AP poll, while Clemson took one first-place vote in the AP poll and two in the coaches poll.

Ohio State, which had been ranked No. 2 in both polls, dropped to No. 8 (AP poll) and No. 9 (coaches poll) following its 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. The Sooners had been No. 5 (AP poll) and No. 6 (coaches poll).

Along with Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida were all ranked in the coaches polls among SEC schools.

Alabama opened the season as the preseason No. 1 in both polls. The Crimson Tide also spent all of last season as the top-ranked team in both polls with the exception of the final ones after losing to Clemson in the national championship game.

AP Poll

  1. Alabama (58) 1,522
  2. Oklahoma (2) 1,447
  3. Clemson (1) 1,380
  4. USC 1,324
  5. Penn State 1,299
  6. Washington 1,124
  7. Michigan 1,107
  8. Ohio State 1,003
  9. Oklahoma State 1,002
  10. Wisconsin 993
  11. Florida State 944
  12. LSU 935
  13. Georgia 882
  14. Louisville 658
  15. Auburn 591
  16. Virginia Tech 559
  17. Miami 542
  18. Kansas State 475
  19. Stanford 364
  20. TCU 352
  21. Washington State 233
  22. USF 188
  23. Tennessee 159
  24. Florida 146
  25. UCLA 119

Schools dropped out: No. 24 Notre Dame

Others receiving votes: Utah 101, South Carolina 72, Colorado 66, West Virginia 63, Oregon 61, Maryland 42, Notre Dame 31, San Diego State 16, Houston 10, Mississippi State 3, Boise State 3, Texas Tech 2, Iowa 2, California 2, Vanderbilt 2, Michigan State 1

RELATED: Here are last week’s polls

Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama (58) 1,497
  2. Clemson (2) 1,386
  3. Oklahoma 1,385
  4. USC 1,308
  5. Penn State 1,256
  6. Washington 1,173
  7. Michigan 1,082
  8. Oklahoma State 1,026
  9. Ohio State 962
  10. Florida State 926
  11. LSU 920
  12. Wisconsin 919
  13. Georgia 830
  14. Louisville 658
  15. Miami 551
  16. Virginia Tech 509
  17. Auburn 488
  18. Kansas State 487
  19. Stanford 372
  20. TCU 271
  21. USF 249
  22. Washington State 244
  23. Tennessee 219
  24. Utah 182
  25. Florida 134

Schools dropped out: No. 25 Notre Dame

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 74; Colorado 70; Oregon 68; UCLA 57; Mississippi State 37; South Carolina 27; Maryland 26; Notre Dame 24; San Diego State 19; Memphis 11; NC State 10; Minnesota 9; Houston 7; Navy 6; Vanderbilt 5; Iowa 4; Duke 3; Army 2; Central Florida 2; Michigan State 2; Boise State 1; Appalachian State 1; Kentucky 1.

RELATED: Georgia LB Lorenzo Carter is our SEC player of the week

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