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.
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State