AP Top 25: LSU No. 1 ahead of ‘Bama, Ohio St in close vote

AP Top 25: LSU No. 1 ahead of ‘Bama, Ohio St in close vote

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer

The No. 1 vs. No. 2 game between Alabama and LSU in two weeks looks set, though the order of the Crimson Tide and Tigers changed in the AP Top 25 in one of the closet votes ever.

Heading into an off date for both teams, LSU flip-flopped with Alabama to become the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank. The Tigers received 1,476 points, two more than Alabama, for the closest margin between 1 and 2 since No. 1 Florida State was two points ahead of Auburn on Oct. 5, 2014.

No. 3 Ohio State was not far behind with 1,468 points. Eight points separating first from third is the fewest in the regular season since Dec. 3, 1979, when No. 1 Ohio State was 10 points ahead of No. 3 Southern California, with Oklahoma in between, two back of the Buckeyes.

Alabama received the most first-place votes this week with 21. LSU and Ohio State both got 17 first-place votes. No. 4 Clemson received seven first-place votes.

 

RANK TEAM PV RANK POINTS
1

LSU (8-0) 2 1,476
2

Alabama (8-0) 1 1,474
3

Ohio State (8-0) 3 1,468
4.

Clemson (8-0) 4 1,406
5

Penn State (8-0) 6 1,302
6

Florida (7-1) 7 1,226
7

Oregon (7-1) 11 1,108
8

Georgia (6-1) 10 1,093
9.

Utah (7-1) 12. 1,032
10

Oklahoma (7-1) 5 1,017
11

Auburn (6-2) 9 910
12

Baylor (7-0) 14 882
13

Minnesota (8-0) 17 778
14

Michigan (6-2) 19 744
15

SMU (8-0) 16 666
16

Notre Dame (5-2) 8 563
17

Cincinnati (6-1) 18 524
18

Wisconsin (6-2) 13 513
19

Iowa (6-2) 20 456
20

Appalachian State (7-0) 21 393
21

Boise State (6-1) 22 280
22

Kansas State (5-2) 218
23

Wake Forest (6-1) 25 200
24

Memphis (7-1) 188
25

San Diego State (7-1) 50
Others receiving votes:

Texas 49, Navy 43, UCF 33, Washington 19, Texas A&M 14, USC 11, Louisiana Tech 6, Indiana 4, Pittsburgh 1, Oklahoma State 1, Iowa State 1