Alabama used its dominant showing in Saturday’s season opener at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington to jump Southern California and become the No. 1 team in today’s updated Associated Press college football rankings.
The Crimson Tide (1-0) received 45 of 60 first-place votes in today’s AP poll after scoring a 41-14 victory over then-No. 8 Michigan in college football’s lone matchup of Top 10 teams on opening weekend. USC (1-0), the No. 1 team in the AP pre-season poll, dropped to No. 2 _ with 11 first-place votes _ after opening with a 49-10 victory over Hawaii.
Texas fell to No. 17 in today’s poll, down two spots from last week after defeating Wyoming, 37-17, in its opener. TCU remained at No. 20 heading into the Horned Frogs’ opener Saturday in Fort Worth against Grambling. Texas (1-0) and TCU (0-0) are the only schools from the Lone Star State ranked by AP voters.
Oklahoma (1-0) fell one spot, from fourth to fifth, in today’s updated poll after posting a 24-7 victory over UTEP to open its season.
LSU (1-0) remained at No. 3 following a 41-14 victory over North Texas. The Tigers received four first-place votes. Oregon (1-0), which opened with a 57-34 victory over Arkansas State, climbed to fourth in the updated rankings.
Rounding out the Top 10, behind No. 5 Oklahoma, were Florida State, Georgia, Arkansas and two teams tied for the ninth spot: South Carolina and West Virginia.
Notre Dame (1-0) jumped into the poll at No. 22 following a 50-10 victory over Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Michigan (0-1) fell from eighth to 19th after its loss to Alabama.
_ Jimmy Burch