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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron runs for a touchdown against LSU in 2012. (Source: Alabama Athletics) Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron runs for a touchdown against LSU in 2012. (Source: Alabama Athletics)
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  • Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington's 16 points

    Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington's 16 points

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:29 PM EST2018-02-17 22:29:34 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.

    PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.

  • Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

    Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 3:52 PM EST2018-02-14 20:52:23 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    Donta Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds, including some powerful dunks, to lead Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

    Donta Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds, including some powerful dunks, to lead Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

  • UA Baseball adds Terry Rooney to coaching staff

    UA Baseball adds Terry Rooney to coaching staff

    Saturday, July 9 2016 12:53 PM EDT2016-07-09 16:53:46 GMT
    (Source: WBRC video)(Source: WBRC video)

    The following is a press release from the University of Alabama Athletics: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff officially announced the addition of Terry Rooney to the Crimson Tide coaching staff on Friday evening.

    The following is a press release from the University of Alabama Athletics: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff officially announced the addition of Terry Rooney to the Crimson Tide coaching staff on Friday evening.

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  • LSU football enjoys team outing at original T.J. Ribs restaurant

    LSU football enjoys team outing at original T.J. Ribs restaurant

    Tuesday, August 11 2015 9:37 PM EDT2015-08-12 01:37:12 GMT
    Tuesday, August 11 2015 10:06 PM EDT2015-08-12 02:06:19 GMT
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.
  • LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:15 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:15:51 GMT
    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:36 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:36:51 GMT
    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. 
    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. 
  • LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 12:06 PM EDT2015-08-05 16:06:42 GMT
    Wednesday, August 5 2015 4:52 PM EDT2015-08-05 20:52:04 GMT
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. 
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. 
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  • Game winning shot rattles out, Ole Miss falls at Texas A&M

    Game winning shot rattles out, Ole Miss falls at Texas A&M

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:44 PM EST2018-01-17 04:44:02 GMT
    Source: SEC NetworkSource: SEC Network

    Tyler Davis scored 20 points, including Texas A&M's final basket, and the Aggies defeated Mississippi 71-69 on Tuesday night for A&M's first victory in Southeastern Conference play this season. The Rebels' Breein Tyree missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that rattled in and out as time expired.

    Tyler Davis scored 20 points, including Texas A&M's final basket, and the Aggies defeated Mississippi 71-69 on Tuesday night for A&M's first victory in Southeastern Conference play this season. The Rebels' Breein Tyree missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that rattled in and out as time expired.

  • Jimbo Fisher accepts head coach position at Texas A&M

    Jimbo Fisher accepts head coach position at Texas A&M

    Friday, December 1 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-12-01 18:40:51 GMT
    Friday, December 1 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-12-01 18:40:51 GMT

    He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

    He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

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  • Olson, pitchers help Carolina to third win in four days

    Olson, pitchers help Carolina to third win in four days

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:30 PM EST2018-02-21 04:30:30 GMT
    Junior closer Eddy Demurias (Source: TheBigSpur.com)Junior closer Eddy Demurias (Source: TheBigSpur.com)

    Seven different hitters reached base and the pitching staff allowed only one earned run as South Carolina was able to upend North Florida on Tuesday at Founders Park. 

    Seven different hitters reached base and the pitching staff allowed only one earned run as South Carolina was able to upend North Florida on Tuesday at Founders Park. 

  • Eagles name former Gamecock Staley assistant head coach

    Eagles name former Gamecock Staley assistant head coach

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-02-20 23:12:12 GMT
    Philadelphia Eagles' Duce Staley watches warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)Philadelphia Eagles' Duce Staley watches warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Duce Staley will have a new title with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former South Carolina running back was promoted to assistant head coach by the Super Bowl LII champions on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. 

    Duce Staley will have a new title with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former South Carolina running back was promoted to assistant head coach by the Super Bowl LII champions on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. 

  • USC climbs one spot in women’s AP Top 25

    USC climbs one spot in women’s AP Top 25

    Monday, February 19 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-02-19 21:10:52 GMT
    Alexis Jennings (Source: TheBigSpur.com)Alexis Jennings (Source: TheBigSpur.com)

    South Carolina returns to the No. 7 spot in the AP Top 25 this week. 

    South Carolina returns to the No. 7 spot in the AP Top 25 this week. 

(RNN) – Just as expected, Alabama is on top of the Associated Press college football poll.

The two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide will begin their quest for the first college football three-peat from the pole position.

Alabama received 58 of the 60 first-place votes, easily distancing second-ranked Ohio State, which took one of the remaining two top nods. The Buckeyes finished last season 12-0, but were ineligible for postseason play.

Ohio State finished last season ranked No. 3 by the AP, behind Oregon.

Oregon opens up as the No. 3 team following last season's Fiesta Bowl win, Stanford is ranked fourth coming off its 2013 Rose Bowl win and Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game before winning the Capitol One Bowl, is fifth and earned the final first-place vote.

South Carolina is sixth, followed by Texas A&M, which was the only team to beat Alabama last season and returns Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. Clemson, Louisville and Florida round out the top 10.

Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and Texas complete the top 15. Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, Boise State, Texas Christian, UCLA, Northwestern Wisconsin, Southern California and Oregon State complete the poll.

Notre Dame lost the BCS national championship game to Alabama last season in a 42-14 rout and was ranked No. 4 in the AP poll to close the season. This year, however, the Irish are without Heisman runner-up Manti Te'o and quarterback Everett Golson, who was suspended for the 2013 season for  "poor academic judgement."

The AP poll is not included in the BCS formula.

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