Sunday, November 2, 2008

Alabama is new No. 1 in two polls; USC holds steady

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the USA Today coaches' and Associated Press media polls while USC's 56-0 victory against Washington on Saturday only allowed the Trojans to keep pace.

Texas Tech's upset of No.1 Texas in Lubbock on Saturday night caused upheaval in the college football rankings and will no doubt lead to significant changes in this week's Bowl Championship Series standings, which will be released Sunday evening.

Alabama, a 35-0 winner over Arkansas State, took advantage of Texas' upset and rose to the top spot in both indexes.

Alabama is followed in the AP rankings by Texas Tech, Penn State, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

USC held its No. 7 position and is followed in the top 10 by Oklahoma State, Boise State and Utah.

Alabama is also No.1 in the coaches' poll, followed by Penn State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Florida.

USC remained at No. 6 and is followed in the coaches' top 10 by Texas, Oklahoma State, Utah and Boise State.

The coaches' poll is used in the BCS standings formula to determine this year's national title-game participants.

The AP poll is no longer used in the formula but still crowns an independent champion.

The final BCS standings will be released Dec. 7. This year's BCS national-title game will be played Jan. 8 at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida.

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