Without playing Saturday, Alabama strengthened its hold on the top spot in this week’s Associated Press college football poll announced Sunday.
Last week the Crimson Tide had half (29 of 58) of the first place votes that were cast, with Clemson getting 18 while dropping from first to second a week ago. This week Alabama has 32 of the 55 votes that were cast. Clemson is still second with 15 first place votes with Ohio State and Georgia getting 3 each and LSU 2.
Tua Tagovailoa leads Bama against Texas A&M next (Photo: Stuart McNair, 247Sports)Alabama returns to action Saturday at Texas A&M. CBS will televise the game at 2:30 p.m. CDT.
The teams that were one through six in last week’s AP poll are again 1-6 this week, but whereas Georgia was third and Ohio State fourth last week, the two are tied for third this week. Behind Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State, LSU remains fifth and Oklahoma sixth.
Florida made the move from 10th to seventh with its 24-3 win over Auburn, which fell from seventh to 12th. Texas A&M, idle last week, moved up slightly, from a tie for 25th to 24th. Missouri from the Southeastern Conference is among those receiving votes.
Points are awarded on the basis of 25 points for a first place vote, 24 for second, etc.
Here is this week’s Associated Press top 25 with records in parenthesis and total points:
Alabama (5-0) 1503
Clemaon (5-0) 1433
3 (T) Georgia (5-0) 1393
3 (T) Ohio State (6-0) 1393
LSU (5-0) 1352
Oklahoma (5-0) 1268
Florida (6-0) 1163
Wisconsin (5-0) 1105
Notre Dame (4-1) 1046
Penn State (5-0) 958
Texas (4-1) 947
Auburn (5-1) 920
Oregon (4-1) 828
Boise State (5-0) 654
Utah (4-1) 624
Michigan (4-1) 618
Iowa (4-1) 454
Arizona State (4-1) 388
Wake Forest (5-0) 380
Virginia (4-1) 353
SMU (6-0) 285
Baylor (5-0) 260
Memphis (5-0) 189
Texas A&M (3-2) 165
Cincinnati (4-1) 118

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 80, Missouri 64, Appalachian State 61, Washington 54, Tulane 25, California 20, Michigan State 17, Arizona 11, UCF 9, USC 5, Iowa State 5, Pittsburgh 2
Dropped from rankings: Washington 15, UCF 18, Oklahoma State 21, Michigan State 25



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