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Alabama, LSU Claim Top Two Spots in AP College Football Poll

September 17, 2012

Louisiana State University climbed up one place to the No. 2 spot in the Associated Press college football poll following the University of Southern California’s 21-14 loss to Stanford University.

The University of Alabama (3-0) holds the No. 1 ranking for the third straight week and received 58 of 60 first-place votes. LSU (3-0) got the other two first-place votes, while USC (2-1) slipped 11 spots to No. 13 in the AP poll.

Alabama and LSU were 1-2 in the ranking for eight weeks last season before meeting in the Bowl Championship Series title game, which the Crimson Tide won 21-0. The Southeastern Conference rivals are scheduled to play this season on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The University of Oregon (3-0) is third in the AP poll, followed by Florida State (3-0), which hosts No. 10 Clemson in Tallahassee, Florida, on Sept. 22. The University of Georgia (3-0) is ranked fifth, followed by Oklahoma (2-0), South Carolina (3-0), West Virginia (2-0) and Stanford (3-0)

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