published Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Rolling to No. 1: Crimson Tide takes top spot in AP poll

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    Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) jumps for extra yardage against Michigan safety Thomas Gordon (30) and defensive end Brennen Beyer (97) during the second half Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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

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.

It's the 47th time Alabama has been No. 1, the 16th under coach Nick Saban.

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.

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