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Alabama undisputed No.1; LSU slips again

11:39 AM, Sep 30, 2012   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Alabama is the undisputed choice as the top- ranked team in the nation, while LSU lost its lone first-place vote and slipped a spot for the second straight week.

The Crimson Tide received all 60 first-place votes and a total of 1,500 points from a nationwide media panel after improving to 5-0 with a 33-14 win over Ole Miss on Saturday.

Oregon remained second following its 51-26 victory over Washington State, but LSU dropped one spot to fourth and Florida State moved up one to third.

LSU was No. 2 two weeks ago and has dipped two spots despite not having lost. The Tigers escaped with a 12-10 win at Auburn two weeks ago and on Saturday posted a lackluster 38-22 victory over FCS foe Towson in Death Valley. Florida State traveled downstate on Saturday and left Tampa with a 30-17 win over South Florida.

Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas State, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Florida round out this week's top 10. West Virginia, Notre Dame, and Florida each moved up a spot after Stanford lost at Washington on Thursday.

The second 10 consists of Texas, Ohio State, Southern California, Oregon State, Clemson, TCU, Oklahoma, Stanford, Louisville and Mississippi State. Oregon State moved up four places after a 38-35 win at Arizona, while Stanford's 17-13 loss to the Huskies dropped the Cardinal 10 places.

Nebraska, Rutgers and newcomers Washington, Northwestern and UCLA are the last five teams ranked this week. Washington and Northwestern are ranked for the first time this season, while UCLA returns after tumbling out of the poll last week.

Michigan State, Boise State and Baylor dropped out this week. The Spartans, ranked 10th just three weeks ago, were 20th last week and fell out after a 17-16 home loss to Ohio State. Boise State was 24th last week and dropped out despite a 32-29 win at New Mexico, while Baylor was 25th before a 70-63 loss to West Virginia.

West Virginia will face its second ranked foe in as many weeks of Big 12 play next Saturday with a visit to Texas. Other ranked matchups next week include a pair of top-10 SEC battles. A monumental SEC East clash features Georgia and South Carolina in Columbia and LSU visits the Swamp to take on Florida. Also, Ohio State hosts Nebraska in the Big Ten and Washington visits Oregon in the Pac-12.

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