Tide rises atop the latest AP poll

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John opined over the weekend that Alabama should be college football’s new No. 1 team following a 41-14 beat down of Michigan in the Cowboys Classic. Good news for him, as the Associated Press has taken JT’s belief to heart*.

(*Not really, but a man can dream.) 

In the first regular season AP poll of 2012, Alabama jumped previously top-ranked USC to secure this week’s No. 1 ranking, receiving 45 first-place votes in the process. It’s the 47th time Alabama has been ranked No. 1, the 16th time under coach Nick Saban.

Falling to No. 2, obviously, would be USC, which beat Hawaii 49-10. LSU stayed at No. 3 while Oregon swapped spots with Oklahoma for spots four and five. Georgia (No. 7) and Florida State (No. 6) flipped from their previous spots as well. Michigan, following Saturday’s loss to Alabama, fell 11 spots to No. 19. Tied at No. 9 is South Carolina and West Virginia after wins against Vanderbilt and Marshall, respectively.

Michigan State and Clemson both rose two spots to No. 11 and No. 12 wins over Boise State and Auburn, respectively. Wisconsin fell one spot to No. 13 after a close call with Northern Iowa and Ohio State jumped four spots to No. 14. Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU round out the top 20.

Kansas State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida and Stanford round out the final five spots.

Falling out of the rankings was Boise State.