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Alabama has been atop the AP poll 47 times, 16 under coach Nick Saban.

Though if anyone can say for sure that being No. 1 during the season isn’t all that important, it’s Saban.

In the last two seasons that Alabama has won the national title (2009, 2011), the Crimson Tide was ranked No. 1 during the season a total of two weeks. In 2009, the Tide reached No. 1 for a week in October, and again when it beat Florida in the SEC title game to go in the BCS championship game top-ranked.

Making a late move on No. 1 is an Alabama tradition. Back in 1992, when Gene Stallings’ team won the national title by beating No. 1 Miami in the Sugar Bowl, Alabama did not spend a day atop the AP poll.



Oklahoma dropped only one spot to No. 5 after the Sooners slogged through a 24-7 opening victory at UTEP. The small slide was bigger than the rankings show. Oklahoma had 1,286 points and a first-place vote in the preseason poll. The Sooners were down to 1,170 points after Week 1. The Sooners have issues to sort out on both lines going into this weekend’s tuneup against Florida A&M. They then have a week off before hosting Kansas State on Sept. 22. … There are no ranked teams playing against each other this week. But there are plenty that could be tested: No. 16 Nebraska at UCLA; Washington visiting No. 3 LSU; No. 22 Kansas State hosting Miami; Ohio State gets UCF at home; and No. 18 Oklahoma State is at Arizona. … West Virginia and South Carolina were tied for No. 9 and No. 15 Virginia Tech was one point ahead of No. 16 Nebraska.