Alabama football: Alabama tops first AP poll of the season

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Lonely at the top

Alabama remains atop the college football world, garnering 60 of 61 first-place votes in the first AP Top 25 of the season, released Tuesday afternoon. Ohio State garnered the only other first-place vote, while eventual Alabama opponents LSU, Auburn and Tennessee are ranked 12th, 13th and 25th, respectively. The Tide’s standing in the USA Today Coaches Poll isn’t quite as secure, with just 59 of 64 first-place votes. 

Alabama also is atop our SEC Country Power Poll, unanimously.

In other Alabama headlines:

Like father, like son

Levi Wallace already is the breakout story of the season, a former walk-on made good. But if not for his late father, a Tuscaloosa native and Air Force veteran, Wallace may have quit football long before recording his crucial interception against Florida State on Saturday — a moment he said would have made his father proud.

Injury report

Christian Miller is recovering from his season-ending surgery to repair his biceps, and has a message for Alabama fans:

Built by ‘Bama

  • Wade LeBlanc pitched 3 scoreless innings to secure a win for his Pirates over the Cubs, 4-3.
  • Tommy Hunter pitched a scoreless inning for the Rays in a 2-1 win against the Twins.
  • Former Alabama defensive tackle Quinton Dial signed with the Packers. 

Around the Capstone

• The Alabama soccer team is ranked No. 22 in the country after beating both Jacksonville State and Troy last weekend, rising two spots in the Soccer America rankings. The ranking is Alabama’s highest in years.

• In volleyball, Quincey Gary is the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. 

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