Alabama unanimous No. 1 in coaches' poll

Oct. 15, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Alabama is the unanimous No. 1 selection in the USA Today Coaches poll, with Oregon a near-unanimous choice for the second spot.

Alabama improved to 6-0 with a 32-point win at new SEC member Missouri and was impressive enough that the final holdout from the last two weeks gave his first-place vote to the Crimson Tide. That places Alabama in the No. 1 position for all 59 coaches on the voting board.

Oregon (6-0) was idle last week but finds itself within two points of having all the second-place mentions.

Kansas State (6-0) is the new No. 3-ranked team, however, improving two places this week. Also up two are No. 4 Florida (6-0) and fifth-ranked Notre Dame (6-0).

Louisiana State (6-1) goes to No. 6 after beating South Carolina, which was third a week ago. Oklahoma (4-1) comes in seventh after routing former No. 15 Texas, knocking the Longhorns from the Top 25. South Carolina (6-1) is eighth while Southern California (5-1) is again ninth and Florida State (6-1) takes the No. 10 place.

Oregon State (5-0) moves up three spots to 11th while Georgia (5-1) and Clemson (5-1) hold onto the Nos. 12 and 13 places, respectively. Louisville (6-0) is at 14th and West Virginia (5-1), stunned by Texas Tech last week, falls 11 places to 15th.

Mississippi State (6-0) takes the 16th spot ahead of Rutgers (6-0) at No. 17, Cincinnati (5-0) places 18th and Texas A&M (5-1) is 19th. Those four teams are all up two spots from last week. Texas Tech (5-1) wasn't ranked a week ago but is now 20th.

Texas Christian (5-1) is 21st while Boise State (5-1) stays at No. 22 and Stanford (4-2) is 23rd, down six from last week. Arizona State (5-1), is No. 24, and 25th-ranked Michigan (4-2) join Texas Tech as new Top 25 entries this week.

Ohio State (7-0) is on NCAA probation and not ranked. Ohio (7-0) is the only unbeaten team not on NCAA probation and not ranked.

In addition to Texas, Louisiana Tech and Iowa State drop out of the rankings this week.

There are five games this week pitting ranked teams against each other, starting Thursday when Oregon goes to Arizona State. In the SEC Saturday, South Carolina, having played LSU last week, is at Florida and LSU goes to Texas A&M; while in the Big 12 Kansas State visits West Virginia and Texas Tech plays at TCU.

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