Alabama rolls to No. 1 in AP poll
C.J. Mosley (32) of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a touchdown interception against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. / Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Alabama is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving past Southern California after its resounding victory against Michigan.
The Crimson Tide swayed more than enough voters with its 41-14 win Saturday night in Texas to overtake the preseason No. 1 Trojans, who beat Hawaii 49-10. USC entered that game a 40-point favorite at home.
The Tide receives 45 first-place votes, up 28 from last week. USC draws 11 first-place votes and No. 3 LSU four.
It's the 47th time Alabama has been No. 1, the 16th under coach Nick Saban.
This is the 86th time in the 76-year history of the AP media poll that the top-ranked team won and dropped in the rankings. It's happened at least once every year since 2007.
Alabama coach Nick Saban says the only thing that has changed for the second-ranked Crimson Tide is the buzz.
Saban said Monday that the talk before the rout of Michigan was that "we were too young, too inexperienced, couldn't handle success."
But he says nothing else is different about the team and "it's going to be all about the maturity."
Saban says Alabama's young defense has a lot to improve on fundamentally though they played hard and physical.
The Tide held the Wolverines to just 269 total yards but both starting cornerbacks were burned for long touchdown passes.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley returned an interception for a touchdown while cornerback Dee Milliner is Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week.
Alabama hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday.CBSSports.com's Tony Barnhart predicts big things if the Crimson Tide wins the following weekend at Arkansas: "If Alabama wins in Fayetteville you can mark this down: Nick Saban's bunch will be 8-0 when they visit LSU on Nov. 3. "
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