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Alabama Jumps USC in Rankings, No. 1 in Both Polls Now

Sep 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) throws a pass against the Hawaii Warriors at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) throws a pass against the Hawaii Warriors at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Despite the Trojans' 49-10 over Hawai'i, Alabama jumped USC in both The Associated Press Poll and USA Today coaches poll, after handily beating Michigan, 41-14.

Michigan fell all the way to No. 19 in both polls after opening the season ranked No. 8.

The Crimson Tide received 45 votes for first place in The Associated Press Poll and 37 in the USA Today coaches' poll. USC still received 11 first-place votes in the AP poll and 14 in the USA Today poll.

This is the 86th time in the 76-year history of the AP poll that the top-ranked team won and dropped in the rankings. It's happened at least once every year since 2007.

When asked about the new rankings at practice this morning, Joey Kaufman tweeted about coach Lane Kiffin's response.

Do you think the Trojans should have dropped in the polls despite winning their season opener?