Alabama is No. 1, AU is sixth with Iron Bowl showdown looming
by Associated Press
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Alabama’s Jeoffrey Pagan (8) celebrates with his Alabama teammates after their 49-0 Iron Bowl victory over Auburn in 2012. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Associated Press)
Alabama’s Jeoffrey Pagan (8) celebrates with his Alabama teammates after their 49-0 Iron Bowl victory over Auburn in 2012. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Associated Press)
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Alabama's stay at No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll has reached rare territory as the Crimson Tide head toward an Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn that is big enough to fill two weeks of hype — at least in the Deep South.

Alabama remained top-ranked in the Top 25 released Sunday, with 55 first-place votes from the media panel. No. 2 Florida State has five first-place votes.

Oregon was fifth and Auburn was sixth, the Tigers moving up one spot after a miraculous victory kept them in the championship hunt — both Southeastern Conference and national.

Alabama slogged through a 20-7 victory at Mississippi State but paid virtually no price at the polls, the benefits of being two-time defending BCS champs. The Tide is Teflon when it comes to the type of picky criticism that teams such as Ohio State and Baylor get.

Alabama has been No. 1 since the preseason, a total of 13 polls. Only six preseason No. 1 teams have had longer uninterrupted stays in a single season than the Tide, including Southern California (16 polls) in 2004 and Florida State (17 polls) in 1999, the only wire-to-wire champions.

The other four preseason No. 1 teams that have spent longer at No. 1 than Alabama all either lost in a bowl game (Nebraska, 1983; Southern California, 2005; Ohio State 2006) or lost in a conference title game (Oklahoma, 2003). Those four were No. 1 for 15 straight polls.

The Tide faces Chattanooga this week, part of the SEC's scheduling strategy to work in a late-season breather. Florida State has embraced it as well. The Seminoles play Idaho.

So it's safe to pencil in the Tide for 14 straight polls at No. 1. To get to 15, will be much tougher.

Auburn's remarkable turnaround season reached new heights in unfathomable fashion with a 43-38 victory over Georgia. The Tigers (10-1, 6-1), who are off this week, can win the SEC West by beating Alabama and make their way into the national championship discussion by winning the SEC title. This is big stuff.

The Associated Press Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 16, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv

1. Alabama (55) 10-0 1,495 1


2. Florida St. (5) 10-0 1,445 2

3. Baylor 9-0 1,351 4

4. Ohio St. 10-0 1,343 3

5. Oregon 9-1 1,210 6

6. Auburn 10-1 1,205 7

7. Clemson 9-1 1,115 8

8. Missouri 9-1 1,067 9

9. Texas A&M 8-2 956 10

10. Stanford 8-2 899 5

11. Oklahoma St. 9-1 889 12

12. South Carolina 8-2 870 11

13. Michigan St. 9-1 749 14

14. UCLA 8-2 710 13

15. Fresno St. 9-0 572 16

16. Wisconsin 8-2 559 17

17. UCF 8-1 535 15

18. LSU 7-3 439 18

19. Arizona St. 8-2 430 21

20. N. Illinois 10-0 426 20

21. Louisville 9-1 412 19

22. Oklahoma 8-2 318 22

23. Southern Cal 8-3 187 NR

24. Mississippi 7-3 119 NR

25. Duke 8-2 94 NR

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Cincinnati 1, Nebraska 1.

USA Today Top 25

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 17, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Alabama (56) 10-0 1,544 1


2. Florida State (6) 10-0 1,487 2

3. Ohio State 10-0 1,404 3

4. Baylor 9-0 1,386 4

5. Oregon 9-1 1,231 7

6. Clemson 9-1 1,217 6

7. Auburn 10-1 1,145 9

8. Missouri 9-1 1,129 8

9. Oklahoma State 9-1 1,030 10

10. Texas A&M 8-2 928 11

11. South Carolina 8-2 882 12

12. Stanford 8-2 865 5

13. Michigan State 9-1 729 16

14. UCLA 8-2 700 15

15. Louisville 9-1 627 13

16. Fresno State 9-0 622 14

17. Wisconsin 8-2 511 20

18. Oklahoma 8-2 502 17

19. LSU 7-3 478 18

20. Central Florida 8-1 446 19

21. Northern Illinois 10-0 418 21

22. Arizona State 8-2 352 22

23. Minnesota 8-2 173 25

24. Duke 8-2 131 NR

25. Southern California 8-3 115 NR

Others receiving votes: Mississippi 35; Cincinnati 23; Michigan 14; Texas 7; Louisiana-Lafayette 6; Miami (Fla.) 5; Ball State 4; East Carolina 1; Georgia 1; Nebraska 1; Toledo 1.

Harris Top 25

The Top 25 teams in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv

1. Alabama (100) 10-0 2,620 1


2. Florida State (5) 10-0 2,517 2

3. Ohio State 10-0 2,375 3

4. Baylor 9-0 2,343 4

5. Oregon 9-1 2,102 6

6. Clemson 9-1 2,019 7

7. Auburn 10-1 1,967 9

8. Missouri 9-1 1,919 8

9. Oklahoma State 9-1 1,660 11

10. Texas A&M 8-2 1,626 10

11. Stanford 8-2 1,584 5

12. South Carolina 8-2 1,459 12

13. Michigan State 9-1 1,269 15

14. Fresno State 9-0 1,126 13

15. UCLA 8-2 1,110 16

16. Louisville 9-1 1,010 14

17. LSU 7-3 880 17

18. Northern Illinois 10-0 864 18

19. Wisconsin 8-2 794 21

20. Central Florida 8-1 793 19

21. Oklahoma 8-2 746 20

22. Arizona State 8-2 570 22

23. USC 8-3 202 NR

24. Duke 8-2 187 NR

25. Minnesota 8-2 183 NR

Other teams receiving votes: Mississippi 110; Georgia 37; Cincinnati 14; Texas 14; Miami (FL) 8; Nebraska 6; East Carolina 3; Notre Dame 3; Michigan 2; Ball State 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1; Texas Tech 1.

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