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Alabama remains at No. 1 in AP poll

Alabama coach Nick Saban runs onto the field for a week one match-up against USC at AT&T Stadium: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide carried the torch for the Southeastern Conference last week in the return of college football. It handled Southern California 52-6, behind the play of its defense, running back Damien Harris and true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Harris, a sophomore, recorded a career game with 138 yards rushing on nine carries, while Hurts accounted for four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing). Alabama’s defense forced three sacks and an interception, on top of limiting the Trojans’ offense to 194 total yards (64 rushing).

After being voted preseason No. 1 in both Associated Press and Coaches polls, the Crimson Tide remained atop the nation in the AP on Tuesday. Saban improved to 10-0 (2007, vacated) in season openers, but now his attention shifts to this week’s home opener against Western Kentucky.

Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan all won last week. The quartet stacks up at Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively, behind Alabama. Houston stands at No. 6, after earning a victory against the Oklahoma Sooners. Listed below is the complete top 25 rankings for week two of college football.

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Florida State

4. Ohio State

5. Michigan

6. Houston

7. Stanford

8. Washington

9. Georgia

10. Wisconsin

11. Texas

12. Michigan State

13. Louisville

14. Oklahoma

15. TCU

16. Iowa

17. Tennessee

18. Notre Dame

19. Mississippi

20. Texas A&M

21. LSU

22. Oklahoma State

23. Baylor

24. Oregon

25. Miami (FL)

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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