Despite bye, Alabama stays No. 1 in fan poll

McClatchy NewspapersOctober 16, 2008 

WASHINGTON — All Alabama needed was a little rest to keep its No. 1 slot in the Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll.

The Crimson Tide (6-0) remained tops in the fans' hearts despite its bye week and an impressive Texas win over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. That victory, led by quarterback Colt McCoy's 28-of-35 passing for 277 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions, put the Longhorns atop the coaches' and sportswriters' polls this week. Alabama was ranked second in both polls.

Texas jumped to second among fans, while the Sooners (5-1), last week's No. 2, fell to eighth.

Penn State kept its No. 3 position by crushing Big Ten rival Wisconsin with a 48-7 win and Florida, led by quarterback Tim Tebow, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, moved up to No. 4 by pummeling LSU (4-1) 51-21.

Rounding out the top five was Oklahoma State (6-0), which sent previously fourth-ranked Missouri (5-1) plummeting to No. 15 with a 28-23 win.

Ohio State (6-1) moved up two spots to No. 6 with its 16-3 win over Purdue, while Georgia (5-1) jumped five spots with its 26-14 thumping of Tennessee. Undefeated BYU (6-0) dropped two spots despite beating New Mexico 21-3, while Texas Tech (6-0) moved up one spot to finish out the Top 10 after its thrilling overtime defeat of Nebraska.

The Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll weighs the approval of true aficionados of football, the folks who fly their alma maters' flags on fall Saturdays and are glued to the outcomes of games on college campuses nationwide.

Ipsos' online poll starts with a representative sample of 2,010 Americans, then screens them for their interest in college football.

Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll

1 Alabama (6-0).....1 (last week)

2 Texas (6-0).....6

3 Penn State (7-0).....3

4 Florida (5-1).....9

5 Oklahoma State (6-0).....10

6 Ohio State (6-1).....8

7 Georgia (5-1).....12

8 Oklahoma (5-1).....2

9 BYU (6-0).....7

10 Texas Tech (6-0).....11

11 USC (4-1).....15

12 Michigan State (6-1).....14

13 LSU (4-1).....5

14 Utah (7-0).....13

15 Missouri (5-1).....4

16 Ball State (7-0).....22

17 Boise State (5-0).....17

18 Kansas (5-1).....18

19 North Carolina (5-1).....24

20 Virginia Tech (5-1).....19

21 South Florida (5-1).....20

22 Vanderbilt (5-1).....16

23 Minnesota (6-1).....Unranked

24 California (4-1).....25

25 Tulsa (6-0).....Unranked

METHODOLOGY:

Fans, in this poll, are selected in a rigorous multi-stage process. First, a representative sample of U.S. adults is selected from the Ipsos online panel. Of this sample, about 61 percent are college football fans (here defined as watching at least 1 college football game a year). Ipsos then selects "avid football fans," representing about 28 percent of all football fans (or 17 percent of the adult population). The definition of "avid football fans" is based on an index of how often the fan watches college football games on television, listens to games on the radio and attends games in person as well as reads newspaper and magazine articles related to college football.

For this survey, a national representative sample of 2,010 respondents from Ipsos' U.S. online panel were interviewed online (1,275 college fans and 369 avid college fans). Weighting then was employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the U.S. adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. Statistical margins of error aren't applicable to online polls because they're based on samples drawn from opt-in online panels, not on random samples that mirror the population within a statistical probability ratio. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.

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