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Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1 in AP rankings

Alabama is ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press for the record 106th time. Seventy-five of those top spots have been under coach Nick Saban (pictured). (Butch Dill / Associated Press)
Alabama is ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press for the record 106th time. Seventy-five of those top spots have been under coach Nick Saban (pictured). (Butch Dill / Associated Press)
By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press

Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

The Crimson Tide made their 106th appearance at the top of the AP rankings, which started in 1936, passing Ohio State for the most by any school.

Alabama received a season-high 54 first-place votes from the media panel in the Top 25 released Sunday, strengthening its hold on No. 1 over No. 2 Clemson. The Tigers, who started the season with 18 first-place votes, are down to six after hanging on for a 28-26 victory at Texas A&M on Saturday night.

No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Ohio State held their spots and Oklahoma moved to No. 5, edging past No. 6 Wisconsin. The Badgers received a first-place vote.

On Nov. 2, 2008, the day after beating Arkansas State, Alabama rose to No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time under coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide had not reached No. 1 in 16 years since winning the national championship in 1992.

Saban’s Alabama team has been No. 1 for at least part of every season since 2008, and 75 times overall. The Crimson Tide’s No. 1 appearances under Saban would rank sixth on the all-time list.

Coincidentally, the day after beating Arkansas State, Alabama broke the record for No. 1 appearances.

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