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Alabama back on party school list

A year after dropping off the party radar, the University of Alabama is back on the scene. The Princeton Review put the Tuscaloosa campus back on its list of the top party schools.

According to the rankings released Monday, Alabama is the No. 13 school in the nation when it comes to partying.

Georgia tops the list that includes four SEC schools in the top 20. Last year Alabama slipped out of the rankings after landing at No. 19 the year before.

For the record, these rankings are highly unscientific and largely dismissed by university presidents and anyone else trying to protect the wholesome image of their institutions.

But for the rest of us, they’re just plain fun. So enjoy. Here is the complete listing:

1. University of Georgia
2. Ohio University
3. Penn State University
4. West Virginia University
5. Ole Miss
6. University of Texas
7. University of Florida.
8. University of California-Santa Barbara
9. University of Iowa
10. DePauw University
11. Florida State University
12. University of Wisconsin
13. University of Alabama
14 Sewanee – The University of the South
15. Indiana University – Bloominton
16. University of Colorado – Boulder
17. University of Missouri
18. University of Illinois
19. University of Maryland
20. Michigan State University

Too early for preseason ranking? Nah

We interrupt you from your Olympic curling viewing for this important announcement:

Although I am a documented hater of preseason rankings even in August and especially in February. But, since I’m here to serve, I will pass along one of the most preliminary opinions.

Phil Steele is considered one of the top minds in all of college football, so enjoy this link to his top 10 teams for the 2010 season. SPOILER ALERT: Alabama is No. 1

It’s his projection for an AP poll that doesn’t exist until August.

Let the speculation begin and the countdown to spring practice marches on. Save the date: March 12.

On a side note, the Bama Blog wishes loyal reader Ava Whitlock a happy belated birthday.

Alabama second or third?

It just depends on who you ask. The coaches say the Crimson Tide remain third after last night’s 31-3 win at Mississippi State. The Harris poll voters agree with the coaches, but the Associated Press writers bumped the Tide back to second.

The BCS is still to come, but as previously discussed, none of this matters until after the SEC Championship game. Here are the top 5s.

USA Today coaches:

Record Pts Rk
1. Florida (48) 10-0 1,460 1
2. Texas (4) 10-0 1,397 2
3. Alabama (7) 10-0 1,388 3
4. TCU 10-0 1,277 4
5. Cincinnati 10-0 1,219 5

Harris poll:

Record Pts Pv
1. Florida (78) 10-0 2,793 1
2. Texas (19) 10-0 2,711 2
3. Alabama (16) 10-0 2,694 3
4. TCU (1) 10-0 2,479 4
5. Cincinnati 10-0 2,349 5

Associated Press:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida (36) 10-0 1,463 1
2. Alabama (14) 10-0 1,429 3
3. Texas (10) 10-0 1,424 2
4. TCU 10-0 1,307 4
5. Cincinnati 10-0 1,247 5

Idle Tide slide to No. 3

More proof that these polls mean nothing, Alabama slipped to third in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ polls released this afternoon. Texas jumped the Tide to move into the second spot in both polls.

Remember, as long as Alabama keeps winning, the polls mean nothing. The SEC champion will have a spot in the BCS title game regardless. So, if you’re upset or confused by this, relax. It means absolutely nothing.

AP top 5:
1. Florida (38) 8-0 1,448 1
2. Texas (13) 8-0 1,408 3
3. Alabama (8) 8-0 1,390 2
4. Cincinnati 8-0 1,212 5
5. Boise St. 8-0 1,211 6

USA Today/coaches top 5
1. Florida (50) 8-0 1,463 1
2. Texas (4) 8-0 1,395 3
3. Alabama (5) 8-0 1,390 2
4. TCU 8-0 1,182 6
5. Boise State 8-0 1,176 5

No. 1 no longer: Tide second in AP poll

Alabama’s stay at No. 1 in the Associated Press poll didn’t last longer than a week. Florida jumped past the Tide in the latest edition release just a little bit ago.

Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida (30) 7-0 1,463 2
2. Alabama (23) 8-0 1,448 1
3. Texas (7) 7-0 1,407 3
4. Southern Cal 6-1 1,217 4
5. Cincinnati 7-0 1,211 5
6. Boise St. 7-0 1,177 6
7. Iowa 8-0 1,148 7
8. TCU 7-0 1,132 10
9. LSU 6-1 1,040 9
10. Oregon 6-1 933 12

Basketball: UK picked to win league, Bama third in West

Sorry to interrupt the football momentum, but the Southeastern Conference decided to release its preseason media poll. The John Calipari lovefest continued as the young Wildcats were picked to win the conference.

Alabama was third in the west behind Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Auburn picked up the least number of votes in the West.

There weren’t any Crimson Tide players on the first or second teams of all-conference teams. And now, the raw data:

SEC Champion: Kentucky (20); Mississippi State (3); Tennessee (2)

Eastern Division Points

Kentucky (23) 148

Tennessee (2) 117

Vanderbilt 90

South Carolina 77

Florida 68

Georgia 25

Western Division Points

Mississippi State (22) 144

Ole Miss (2) 120

Alabama 84

LSU (1) 70

Arkansas 63

Auburn 44

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown

Devan Downey, South Carolina G 5-9 175 Sr. Chester, S.C.

*Patrick Patterson, Kentucky F 6-9 235 Jr. Huntington, W.Va.

Tyler Smith, Tennessee G/F 6-7 215 Sr. Pulaski, Tenn.

Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State F 6-9 230 Sr. Brownsville, Tenn.

Terrico White, Ole Miss G 6-5 211 So. Memphis, Tenn.

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown

Tasmin Mitchell, LSU F 6-7 235 Sr. Denham Springs, La.

A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt C 6-11 250 Jr. Sydney, Australia

DeWayne Reed, Auburn G 6-1 175 Sr. Houston, Texas

John Wall, Kentucky G 6-4 195 Fr. Raleigh, N.C.

Chris Warren, Ole Miss G 5-10 165 Jr. Orlando, Fla.

SEC Player of the Year: Patrick Patterson, Kentucky

Tide second in BCS

Although it’s meaning is slight at this point in the season, Alabama was second was the BCS standings were released Sunday afternoon.

Only Florida stands above the Crimson Tide in the standings that eventually determines who plays for the national championship game. But with several weeks of the regular season plus conference championship games left, today’s release is nothing but a starting point.

For all of the day’s polls, standings and rankings, click here.

Bama No. 1 in AP poll, still second to coaches

The Crimson Tide have made its return to the top of one poll. The Associated Press poll just released has Alabama jumping Florida for the top spot. Last week, only 10 voters had Alabama No. 1. Now there’s 39 to Florida’s 20.

UPDATE: The USA Today coaches poll still has Alabama well behind Florida as the Tide picked up just nine first-place votes. Click here for the full USA Today poll.

Here is the full AP poll:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (39) 7-0 1,447 2
2. Florida (20) 6-0 1,434 1
3. Texas 6-0 1,365 3
4. Southern Cal 5-1 1,213 6
5. Cincinnati 6-0 1,163 8
6. Boise St. 6-0 1,156 5
7. Iowa 7-0 1,092 11
8. Miami 5-1 1,056 9
9. LSU 5-1 1,014 10
10. TCU 6-0 1,001 12
11. Georgia Tech 6-1 861 19
12. Oregon 5-1 849 13
13. Penn St. 6-1 753 14
14. Oklahoma St. 5-1 690 16
15. Virginia Tech 5-2 684 4
16. BYU 6-1 601 18
17. Houston 5-1 478 23
18. Ohio St. 5-2 373 7
19. Utah 5-1 350 24
20. Pittsburgh 6-1 330 —
21. Texas Tech 5-2 286 —
22. West Virginia 5-1 205 —
23. South Carolina 5-2 159 22
24. Kansas 5-1 120 17
25. Oklahoma 3-3 117 20

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 61, Mississippi 59, South Florida 57, Nebraska 52, Michigan 41, Cent. Michigan 39, Arizona 25, California 9, Arkansas 8, Oregon St. 5, Idaho 4, Missouri 4, Navy 4, Wisconsin 4, Auburn 3, Boston College 3.

Alabama also third in Harris Interactive poll

Another of the BCS components was released for the first time today. Check out the first Harris Interactive Poll:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida (99) 4-0 2,825
2. Texas (4) 4-0 2,711
3. Alabama (11) 4-0 2,658
4. LSU 4-0 2,413
5. Boise State 4-0 2,264
6. Virginia Tech 3-1 2,129
7. USC 3-1 2,023
8. Ohio State 3-1 1,912
9. Oklahoma 2-1 1,898
10. Cincinnati 4-0 1,700
11. TCU 3-0 1,658
12. Penn State 3-1 1,135
13. Houston 3-0 1,122
14. Iowa 4-0 1,102
15. Oklahoma State 3-1 1,091
16. Kansas 4-0 951
17. Georgia 3-1 823
18. Mississippi 2-1 804
19. BYU 3-1 796
20. Michigan 4-0 713
21. California 3-1 676
22. Miami (FL) 2-1 665
23. Oregon 3-1 620
24. Nebraska 3-1 409
25. Missouri 4-0 404

Other teams receiving votes: Auburn 366; Georgia Tech 340; South Florida 308; South Carolina 144; Wisconsin 119; Utah 84; UCLA 55; Notre Dame 51; Texas A&M 30; North Carolina 9; Stanford 9; Washington 6; Arizona 5; Indiana 5; Connecticut 4; Southern Miss 3; Florida State 2; Kansas State 2; Minnesota 2; Pittsburgh 2; Iowa State 1; Texas Tech 1.

‘Bama still 3rd in polls, picks up another No. 1 vote

The most recent edition of the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls were released early this afternoon. Nothing much changed for Alabama which remained No. 3 in both. Click here to see the full version.

The Tide picked up another first-place vote in the AP poll. Add Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle to the list (See his ballot here).

He joins another writer from California, one from Ohio and another from Tennessee who put Alabama on top.

Click here to access the ballots of all AP voters.

Alabama jumps to No. 3 in polls

Since USC lost to Washington, a bump in the polls was expected for Alabama. The Tide moved up to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll and it picked up one more first-place vote. It had two in the previous two editions of the poll.

Florida and Texas remain 1-2.

Alabama also made the jump from fourth to third in the USA Today coaches poll although Florida kept all 59 first-place votes.

To examine both polls closer, click here.

Tide remain No. 4 in both polls

No surprises here. The second Associated Press poll of the regular season still has Alabama at No. 4 after a 40-14 win over FIU and no losses among the top 3.

Follow this link to the full poll and stay tuned for the USA Today coaches poll to be released later in the day.

UPDATE: The coaches also kept Alabama at No. 4.

Also, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News was one of two AP voters to keep Alabama at No. 1. Read his reasoning in his blog.

Tide moves to No. 4 in AP poll

No major surprise here. Alabama’s win over Virginia Tech coupled with Oklahoma’s loss to BYU vaulted the Crimson Tide past the Sooners in the Associated Press poll.

The Tide also picked up two first place votes as did No. 2 Texas.

Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida (56) 1-0 1,493 1
2. Texas (2) 1-0 1,424 2
3. Southern Cal 1-0 1,355 4
4. Alabama (2) 1-0 1,331 5
5. Oklahoma St. 1-0 1,201 9
6. Ole Miss 1-0 1,095 8
7. Penn St. 1-0 1,082 9
8. Ohio St. 1-0 985 6
9. BYU 1-0 984 20
10. California 1-0 971 12
11. LSU 1-0 890 11
12. Boise St. 1-0 882 14
13. Oklahoma 0-1 782 3
14. Virginia Tech 0-1 652 7
15. Georgia Tech 1-0 630 15
16. TCU 0-0 523 17
17. Utah 1-0 404 19
18. Notre Dame 1-0 383 23
19. North Carolina 1-0 338 21
20. Miami 1-0 315
21. Georgia 0-1 294 13
22. Nebraska 1-0 266 24
23. Cincinnati 1-0 248
24. Kansas 1-0 196 25
25. Missouri 1-0 126

Others receiving votes: Oregon St. 113, Michigan St. 83, Pittsburgh 82, Texas Tech 53, Oregon 47, Clemson 40, Florida St. 39, West Virginia 32, Tennessee 30, Iowa 24, Michigan 18, UCLA 18, Baylor 17, Boston College 14, Arizona 12, East Carolina 6, Air Force 4, Auburn 4, Colorado St. 4, Arkansas 3, South Carolina 3, Houston 1, South Florida 1, Southern Miss. 1, Tulsa 1.

Alabama No. 5 in preseason AP poll

Hot off the Associated Press wire, here is the (hopefully) final preseason poll of the summer. Notice the “countdown to kickoff” clock notes the season-opener is just two weeks from today. Then, finally, the talk will end and the football will begin.

And now, the AP poll:

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2008 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and final ranking:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida (58) 13-1 1,498 1
2. Texas (2) 12-1 1,424 4
3. Oklahoma 12-2 1,370 5
4. Southern Cal 12-1 1,313 3
5. Alabama 12-2 1,156 6
6. Ohio St. 10-3 1,113 9
7. Virginia Tech 10-4 1,054 15
8. Ole Miss 9-4 1,047 14
9. Oklahoma St. 9-4 989 16
9. Penn St. 11-2 989 8
11. LSU 8-5 914
12. California 9-4 746
13. Georgia 10-3 714 13
14. Boise St. 12-1 659 11
15. Georgia Tech 9-4 593 22
16. Oregon 10-3 587 10
17. TCU 11-2 521 7
18. Florida St. 9-4 307 21
19. Utah 13-0 289 2
20. BYU 10-3 267 25
21. North Carolina 8-5 261
22. Iowa 9-4 229 20
23. Notre Dame 7-6 225
24. Nebraska 9-4 207
25. Kansas 8-5 134

Others receiving votes: Oregon St. 122, Illinois 105, Pittsburgh 103, Michigan St. 100, Rutgers 83, Texas Tech 76, West Virginia 57, Cincinnati 44, Clemson 42, Miami 40, East Carolina 30, Tennessee 15, Arizona 13, N.C. State 10, Boston College 9, Auburn 7, Cent. Michigan 7, UCLA 7, Northwestern 5, Missouri 3, South Florida 3, Southern Miss. 3, Vanderbilt 3, South Carolina 2, Arkansas 1, Houston 1, Nevada 1, Troy 1, Tulsa 1.

In case you wondered who voted on the poll, here is the list:

Alex Abrams, The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas; John Adams, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel; Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal; Paul Arnett Honolulu Star-Bulletin; Bob Asmussen, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette; Kirk Bohls, Austin (Texas) American Statesman; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram; Steve Campbell, Houston Chronicle; Angelique Chengelis, The Detroit News; John Clay, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader;

Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times; Desmond Conner, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant; Steve Conroy, Boston Herald; Chadd Cripe, The Idaho Statesman; Barker Davis, The Washington Times; John Davis, Oxford (Miss.) Eagle; Wade Denniston, Logan (Utah) Herald-Journal; Pete DiPrimio, The Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel; Mike DiRocco Florida Times-Union; Doug Doughty, The Roanoke (Va.) Times;

Teddy Feinberg, Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News; Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News; Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star; Chris Fowler, ESPN; Marcus Fuller, St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press; Joe Giglio, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.; Garland Gillen, WWL-TV, New Orleans; Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Jeff Gravley, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, N.C.; Glen Guilbeau, Gannett Louisiana News Service;

Israel Gutierrez, Miami Herald; Travis Haney, The Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier; Eric Hansen, The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Tom Hart, CBS College Sports Network; Kirk Herbstreit, WBNS-AM Columbus, Ohio & ESPN; Mike Herndon, Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register; Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette; John Hunt, The Oregonian; Sal Interdonato, Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.;

Craig James, ABC; Rich Kaipust, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; Tom Keegan, Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World; Doug Lesmerises, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland; Dave Matter, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune; Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM, Columbus, Ohio; Brett McMurphy, Tampa (Fla.) Tribune; Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal; Rick Nyman, WDEF-TV, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Ray Ratto, San Francisco Chronicle; Joe Rexrode, Lansing (Mich.) State Journal;

Keith Sargeant, Gannett N.J. Newspapers; Jake Schaller, The Gazette, Colorado Springs; Andy Staples, SI.com; Mike Strain, Tulsa (Okla.) World; Jay G. Tate, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser; Adam Van Brimmer, Savannah (Ga.) Morning News; Mitch Vingle, The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette; Austin Ward, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune; Jon Wilner, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News; Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News

Alabama No. 5 in preseason coaches poll

Preseason polls, of course, mean very little. But they are always a fun conversation starter so here’s another. Unlike the magazine polls, this one will end up counting at the end of the season.

Remember, Nick Saban is one of the 59 voters in the poll that is factored into the Bowl Championship Series standings.

There are five SEC teams ranked (three in the top 10 led by Florida). Alabama is fifth and trendy pick Ole Miss is 10th. Auburn received 14 votes, the 39th most overall.

Also interesting: The Big East has no representative in the top 25, but had four straight just outside the list: Cincinnati was 28th, followed by Pitt (29) West Virginia (30), and Rutgers (31) . And now, the official list:

The USA Today preseason Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, team’s 2008 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th and final 2008 poll ranking:

Record Pts 2008 Rank
1. Florida (53) 13-1 1,466 1
2. Texas (4) 12-1 1,386 3
3. Oklahoma (1) 12-2 1,358 5
4. Southern Cal (1) 12-1 1,321 2
5. Alabama 12-2 1,134 6
6. Ohio State 10-3 1,126 11
7. Virginia Tech 10-4 1,020 14
8. Penn State 11-2 988 8
9. LSU 8-5 917 nr
10. Ole Miss 9-4 889 15
11. Oklahoma State 9-4 861 18
12. California 9-4 711 25
13. Georgia 10-3 707 10
14. Oregon 10-3 694 9
15. Georgia Tech 9-4 559 22
16. Boise State 12-1 542 13
17. TCU 11-2 461 7
18. Utah 13-0 404 4
19. Florida State 9-4 371 23
20. North Carolina 8-5 293 nr
21. Iowa 9-4 257 20
22. Nebraska 9-4 236 nr
23. Notre Dame 7-6 194 nr
24. Brigham Young 10-3 178 21
25. Oregon State 9-4 165 19

Others receiving votes (with 2008 records): Kansas (8-5) 138; Michigan State (9-4) 136; Texas Tech (11-2) 114; Cincinnati (11-3) 90; Pittsburgh (9-4) 64; West Virginia (9-4) 55; Rutgers (8-5) 51; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 46; Missouri (10-4) 44; Illinois (5-7) 38; Clemson (7-6) 30; South Carolina (7-6) 18; UCLA (4-8) 14; Auburn (5-7) 12; Nevada (7-6) 11; South Florida (8-5) 11; Kentucky (7-6) 9; North Carolina State (6-7) 7; Arkansas (5-7) 6; Wisconsin (7-6) 6; Northwestern (9-4) 5; Southern Mississippi (7-6) 4; Wake Forest (8-5) 4; Arizona (8-5) 3; Boston College (9-5) 3; Central Michigan (8-5) 3; East Carolina (9-5) 3; Colorado (5-7) 2; Maryland (8-5) 2; Navy (8-5) 2; Tennessee (5-7) 2; Houston (8-5) 1; Michigan (3-9) 1; Minnesota (7-6) 1; Troy (8-5) 1.

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The USA TODAY Board of Coaches is made up of 59 head coaches at Division I-A institutions. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association.

Robb Akey, Idaho; Gary Andersen, Utah State; David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Tim Beckman, Toledo; Bobby Bowden, Florida State; Tim Brewster, Minnesota; J.D. Brookhart, Akron; Rich Brooks, Kentucky; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Neil Callaway, UAB; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Dave Clawson, Bowling Green; Mario Cristobal, Florida International; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, North Carolina; Todd Dodge, North Texas; Ron English, Eastern Michigan; Larry Fedora, Southern Miss; Al Golden, Temple; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Jim Harbaugh, Stanford; Dan Hawkins, Colorado; Brian Kelly, Cincinnati; Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville; Mike Leach, Texas Tech; Jim Leavitt, South Florida; Bill Lynch, Indiana; Les Miles, LSU; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Rick Neuheisel, UCLA; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Tom O’Brien, N.C. State; Stan Parrish, Ball State; Gary Patterson, TCU; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Michigan; Nick Saban, Alabama; Mike Sanford, UNLV; Greg Schiano, Rutgers; Mike Sherman, Texas A&M; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Kevin Sumlin, Houston; Jeff Tedford, California; Bob Toledo, Tulane; Jim Tressel, Ohio State; DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State; Charlie Weatherbie, Louisiana-Monroe; Charlie Weis, Notre Dame; Tommy West, Memphis; Paul Wulff, Washington State; Ron Zook, Illinois.