Saturday, August 21, 2010

Alabama atop AP poll for first time since 1978. UPDATED with full rankings

Not since legendary Alabama football coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant prowled the sidelines in his trademark houndstooth hat has the University of Alabama Crimson Tide begun the Associated Press’ preseason college football poll ranked #1.  In fact, AP didn’t even rank 25 teams back then.  It was only 20.

The 2010 preseason AP poll, released today, has Alabama picking up where it left off:

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Team (#1 votes)

2009 Record

Points

2009 Final Rank

1. Alabama (54)

14-0

1,491

1

2. Ohio St. (3)

11-2

1,400

5

3. Boise St. (1)

14-0

1,336

4

4. Florida

13-1

1,237

3

5. Texas (1)

13-1

1,223

2

6. TCU

12-1

1,160

6

7. Oklahoma (1)

8-5

1,104

Unranked

8. Nebraska

10-4

1,033

14

9. Iowa

11-2

1,007

7

10. Virginia Tech

10-3

973

10

11. Oregon

10-3

870

11

12. Georgia Tech

11-3

511

13

17. Arkansas

8-5

496

Unranked

18. North Carolina

8-5

397

Unranked

19. Penn St.

11-2

382

9

20. Florida St.

7-6

379

Unranked

21. LSU

9-4

300

17

22. Auburn

8-5

296

Unranked

23. Georgia

8-5

206

Unranked

24. Oregon St.

8-5

198

Unranked

25. West Virginia

9-4

184

25

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 108, Stanford 81, Utah 80, South Carolina 71, Houston 66, Connecticut 32, Notre Dame 31, Missouri 27, BYU 19, Arizona 15, Clemson 15, Texas Tech 14, Navy 12, Washington 8, Texas A&M 7, Mississippi 6, Oklahoma St. 3, Cent. Michigan 2, Middle Tennessee 2, Temple 2, Boston College 1, SMU 1, UCF 1.

ROLL TIDE!

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