Stanford, Notre Dame crack top 15 while USC tumbles 11 spots

The Associated Press

Last Updated - September 16, 2012 12:20 GMT

NEW YORK — Alabama and LSU are back atop the Associated Press Top 25 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 received the other two.
The SEC has a lock on the top two spots again with Alabama and LSU after USC tumbled 11 spots following a 21-14
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. USC slipped 11 spots to 13th after losing 21-14 at Stanford.

Stanford jumped from 21st to ninth.
Notre Dame, with a convincing 20-10 win against then-No. 10 Michigan State, jumped nine spots to No. 11. The Spartans fell to No. 21.