Alabama and Louisiana State University are back atop The Associated Press college football poll, holding down Nos. 1 and 2 the way they did most of last season.
The Crimson Tide is No. 1 for the third consecutive week, and it was almost unanimous. Alabama received 58 of 60 first-place votes. LSU got the other two.
The Southeastern Conference rivals were ranked first and second for eight weeks during last season before eventually meeting in the BCS title game. The difference last year was LSU was first and Alabama second – until the Tide won the national championship game.
LSU moved up to No. 2 this week after Southern California’s first loss of the season. Southern Cal slipped 11 spots to 13th after losing 21-14 at Stanford.
Stanford jumped from 21st to ninth.
Georgia moved up two spots to No. 5 after its win over Florida Atlantic. South Carolina moved to No. 7 and Clemson comes in at No. 10.
NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly says safety Jamoris Slaughter will miss the rest of the season. Slaughter tore his left Achilles tendon in a 20-3 win over Michigan State on Saturday night. The senior started the first three games this year and 19 in his career.
OKLAHOMA STATE: Coach Mike Gundy expects starting quarterback Wes Lunt’s left knee to be immobilized for the next several days as he tries to recover from an injury sustained Saturday.
Gundy says he should know more about Lunt’s status toward the end of this week.
Lunt set a Big 12 freshman record with 436 yards passing in a loss at Arizona in Week 2.
NEBRASKA: Coach Bo Pelini returned to work Sunday, a day after he was taken to a hospital during the game against Arkansas State.
Pelini was taken by ambulance to a Lincoln hospital after halftime for precautionary tests. The 44-year-old was released from the hospital by Saturday evening. He said in a statement after the 42-13 win that “everything checked out just fine” and that he planned to work Sunday.