Ducks move up to No. 4 in AP poll; Alabama new No. 1

Ducks move up to No. 4 in AP poll; Alabama new No. 1
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota throws during the first half of their NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving past Southern California after its resounding victory against Michigan.

Oregon moved up to No. 4 after defeating Arkansas State at home.

The Crimson Tide swayed more than enough voters with its 41-14 win Saturday night in Texas to overtake the preseason No. 1 Trojans, who beat Hawaii 49-10. USC entered that game a 40-point favorite at home.

The Tide receives 45 first-place votes, up 28 from last week. USC draws 11 first-place votes and No. 3 LSU four.

This is the 86th time in the 76-year history of the AP media poll that the top-ranked team won and dropped in the rankings. It's happened at least once every year since 2007.

Oklahoma rounds out the top five.

Stanford, ranked No. 25, is the only other Pac-12 team in this week's poll.


AP Top 25

1. Alabama (45)
2. Southern Cal (11)
3. LSU (4)
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Florida St.
7. Georgia
8. Arkansas
9. South Carolina (tie)
9. West Virginia (tie)
11. Michigan St.
12. Clemson
13. Wisconsin
14. Ohio St.
15. Virginia Tech
16. Nebraska
17. Texas
18. Oklahoma St.
19. Michigan
20. TCU
21. Kansas St.
22. Notre Dame
23. Louisville
24. Florida
25. Stanford