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No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:43 am
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:44 am

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you had been wondering whether or not the AP Poll would recognize Alabama as this year's national champion or make a statement by keeping LSU ranked at No. 1, well, the answer is right up there for you. 

Alabama is on top with LSU right behind them with Oklahoma State, Oregon and Arkansas rounding out the top five.

Also, what's really interesting about the poll aside from Alabama being on top is that Alabama got every first place vote but five. Of those five ballots that didn't put Alabama at the top, only one listed LSU. The other four had Oklahoma State.

The one voter who kept LSU at the top spot was Erik Gee, from KNML in Albuquerque, N.M.. Gee told's Dennis Dodd in December that it would take "like a 63-0 pasting" by Alabama for the 39-year old radio host to change his vote after the BCS National Championship Game. He believes LSU won the right to the top spot with their performance prior to Monday's 21-0 loss to Alabama, and his final AP Poll vote reflected his firm stance on the issue.

Check out the final AP Poll of the 2011 season below:

1. Alabama (55)
2. LSU (1)
3. Oklahoma State (4)
4. Oregon
5. Arkansas
6. USC
7. Stanford
8. Boise State
9. South Carolina
10. Wisconsin
11. Michigan State
12. Michigan
13. Baylor
14. TCU
15. Kansas State
16. Oklahoma
17. West Virginia
18. Houston
19. Georgia
20. Southern Miss
21. Virginia Tech
22. Clemson
23. Florida State
24. Nebraska
25. Cincinnati

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Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:20 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

Hey knucklehead, they would love to play a better schedule but the top teams wont schedule the Boise States of the world for fear of losing to a non conference contender.  They are stuck playing who is in their conference and what bigger schools have the balls to schedule them during the season.  Im not saying they would beat the Alabamas and LSU's of the world every year but its not like they can just say "ummm okay guys we need to get some respect so lets play Oke St, Arkansas and Alabama this year"....c'mon bro you know it aint up to them.  Every once in a while they will match up with a top team like they did a few years ago against Oklahoma and prove they can win, like they did.  Just like UH stomped a mudhole in Penn St's ass and their supposed highly ranked defense....all i heard all year was how UH played high school teams all season.  Then they made Penn St look like ahigh school team.  Just like they punked a ranked Ok St and Tx Tech 2 years ago in back to back games.  Contending Teams dont want to play a school like Boise or UH because they could lose and their title hopes would be dashed.  The system sucks!!!! 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:16 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

It is truly a shame that other sports, mostly college basketball and the NFL, couldn't just go to a BCS-like system. I mean, with such "torchbearers of genius" (that phrase is trademarked and not to be used without the permission of Ricky Bobby Inc.) as Erik Gee to tell us who is better without actually having to play the games, we would save so much time. 

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:12 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

you are being unfair..Boise will play anybody any place any can only get one or two games a year..ceiling is hard to break for mid majors...ask Oklahoma if they want Boise every year..ask Wisconsin if they want TCU every year..ask Bama about Utah who won the game in the first qtr...Boise is maybe a .600 team an 8 game SEC slate..they would only be outclassed by Bama and LSU..they could take Arkansas and So.Car down to wire and they are better than Vandy,Tenn,Ole Miss,Ga,Fla,Miss State and Kent. RIGHT NOW!!

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:09 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

Completely agree with you.  The "human" factor makes things WORSE not better.   It's the only way a team with the 42nd best Strength of Schedule rating (Alabama) even gets into the title game!   At least Oklahoma State had the 7th best SOS rating to go with its one loss.   And the belief that because OK States loss was to a "lesser" team than Alabama's is ridiculous given that OK States WINS were against “better” teams.   This system (BCS or otherwise) will NEVER work as long as we let Sportswriters and Coaches muck up the waters with their opinions being confused for unbiased intelligence.   I say use the Congrove Computer Rankings (primarily the Strength of Schedule) as your baseline, and then ONLY consider teams that have won their conference for the championship game.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:52 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

Most ignorant statement possible! If Boise State didn't play a bunch of high school teams then you might have a point until then they will never win a BCS National Championship. There to scared to play against the big boys. All they want to do is post victories. It's sad they don't have enough pride in themselves to play a schedule like any SEC team and then want to cry about it because they only lost one game. Congrats on the one victory over GA. They went to the SEC championship because they were the best in the east division but at the very best 4th in the SEC. I hope BSU goes undefeated through the season next year just so all yall crybabies will feel what it's like to play a championship caliber team. Good Luck playing in a cupcake conference next year, you should feel proud!  

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:46 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

@Nawlins...I don't think you can just throw out the bowl game results.  You make a good point that the game was played 40 games after the regular season ended but LSU was thoroughly dominated in all phases of the game.  Alabama had eight possessions where they made it into field goal range and LSU only crossed the 50 yard line once.  I don't know how you can possibly argue that LSU was a better team than Alabama...when LSU won earlier in the year it was in OT and all those missed goals by Alabama was a fluke.  LSU ranked 82nd in offense and it showed last night.

LSU had a very good season, and should be given a lot of credit for playing both Oregon and West Virginia out of conference.  Of course an Oregon fan could use your logic and point out that Oregon had 240 days off after their previous game and their loss against LSU shouldn't count against them in the rankings.  Whether you have had 40 days off or 240, the games should count and therefore Alabama should be voted #1 despite the tough schedule LSU played to make it to the BCS title game.

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:45 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll


Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:36 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

Worst championship game ever put to rest that the S.E.C. IS BEST CONFERENCE they dont play anybody in conference lets have a playoff system and get some good bowl games BOISE STATE GETS DROPPED AGAIN BECAUSE THE GOOD OLD BOYS THAT THEY WILL BEAT THEM LIKE A DRUM remember OKLAHOMA.Boise State COULD HAVE BEAT THE TIDE OR LSU LAST NITE MOORE WOULD HAVE PICKED THEM APART.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:23 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

Nothing against Les Miles but he asked for this outcome when he practically called for a rematch after their first meeting. He must've thought Bama was going to join them in another snoozefest. They did! For about 3 quarters. I guess they thought they'd have to wait for a 3rd O.T. before anybody would go for a TD. Congrats to the Tide for winning the BcS Championship [nothing National about it though. :-)P]

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:21 pm

No split title, Alabama No. 1 in AP Poll

Hmm. Follow politics much. If you have you'd rightfully suspect that the"call for a plus one" by the SEC and ACC commissioners a political ploy, giving lip-service to a "bill" they knew wouldn't pass. Slick, but I for one, don't buy it

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