Alabama claims top spot in AP poll
September, 4, 2012
By Chris Low | ESPN.com
On the strength of its 41-14 romp over then No. 8 Michigan in the opener, Alabama has moved into the No. 1 spot in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Did you see what Alabama coach Nick Saban said about the Crimson Tide's performance against the Wolverines? He obviously knew what was coming in the way of praise being heaped upon his team.
"Everyone thought we were too young, too inexperienced, couldn't handle success. Everybody was saying all those things about our team," Saban said, "Now, people are saying something different. But my question is: What's different? Nothing.
"We're still young. We're still inexperienced. We've still got things to work on. It's going to be all about the maturity that the team has to be able to focus on what they need to do to correct the deficits that we have whether it's individually or collectively as a unit in some part of our team, so that we improve as a team."
Alabama was No. 2 in the preseason poll behind USC, which dropped to No. 2 this week.
Five SEC teams remained in the top 10. LSU is No. 3, Georgia No. 7, Arkansas No. 8 and South Carolina is tied with West Virginia at No. 9.
Florida dropped from No. 23 to No. 24, while Tennessee just missed cracking the Top 25. The Vols were the second-highest team receiving votes behind Boise State.
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State