Alabama near unanimous No. 1; USC tumbles in poll

Alabama remained the top team in the latest Associated Press college football poll and is a near unanimous selection after Southern California's loss to Stanford on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide received all but two of the 60 first-place votes and a total of 1,498 points from a nationwide media panel after a 52-0 thumping of Arkansas on Saturday.

USC, meanwhile, dropped from second to 13th after a 21-14 loss at Stanford. The impressive victory moved the Cardinal up 12 places from 21st to ninth.

LSU moved up one spot to second, earning two first-place votes, while Oregon, Florida State and Georgia round out the top five. Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, Stanford and Clemson complete the top 10.

Notre Dame, coming off a 20-3 win over then-No. 10 Michigan State in East Lansing, vaulted nine places to 11th. The remainder of the second 10 consists of Texas, USC, Florida, Kansas State, Ohio State, TCU, Michigan, UCLA and Louisville.

The last five teams ranked are Michigan State, Arizona, and newcomers Mississippi State, Boise State and Nebraska. Boise State and Nebraska were both ranked earlier this season.

Virginia Tech, following a 35-17 loss at Pittsburgh, dropped out after being ranked 13th, while Tennessee and BYU also fell out. Tennessee lost at home to Florida and BYU was tripped up at Utah.

Next week's schedule features four matchups of ranked teams, highlighted by the annual showdown between Notre Dame and Michigan. This year's contest will take place in South Bend.

Also next Saturday, Kansas State will visit Oklahoma, Florida State will host Clemson and Arizona will travel to Oregon.