After polishing off LSU 21-17 on Saturday night, Alabama ran the table in the polls Sunday. The Crimson Tide dominated the Bowl Championship Series standings, holding the top spot over No. 2 Kansas State, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Notre Dame.
LSU gave Alabama’s strength of schedule a big lift, so that the Tide took first place in four of the six computer rankings used by the BCS. One had Alabama second and another third. The computers combine to count for one-third of the BCS formula.
Alabama took every first-place vote in the USA Today coaches poll, which counts for one-third. In the Harris poll, which counts for the remaining one-third, Alabama grabbed 108 of 115 first-place votes, while Oregon State had six and Kansas State one.
In The Associated Press, Alabama occupied first on all 60 ballots. The Crimson Tide has received all the first-place votes in The AP poll five of the last six weeks and seven times in its history. The final polls of 1992 and 2009 marked the remaining two times. The AP rankings do not count toward the BCS rankings, but AP has awarded a national championship since 1936 and still is considered a major poll.
This also marks Alabama’s 10th straight week at No. 1. That’s a school record for the longest stretch in Tide history.
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