Since games are being played through Monday this Labor Day weekend, the polls will not be out until Tuesday, but when they are released, Alabama will be back home as the top ranked team in the nation.
The Crimson Tide will be number one in both major polls after the Saturday night 41-14 thumping of the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. As CBS Sports Adam Zucker, an AP voter, said on Inside College Football, "Alabama is picking up right where they left off."
LSU is projected to slip to third in the Coaches poll, but it will be a close call between them and USC. Alabama and USC will be in closer competition for number one in the AP than in the Coaches Poll, but I have the Trojans projected to fall to number two in the AP despite blowing out Hawaii 49-10.
Oklahoma will definitely drop one spot, if not more, in the AP. The coaches are usually more favorable of the Sooners so there is a chance they could stick at four; however, I do not see how after the lackluster performance against UTEP so expect them to drop in both polls. Oregon will replace Oklahoma at fourth after their stomping of overmatched Arkansas State.
The Associated Press and Coaches polls are projected to have the same ranking for the top five teams, but usually they differ slightly and the coaches sometime lag behind the AP voters.
A couple other projections:
Notre Dame will be ranked in the AP Top 25 and will move up at least one spot in the Coaches Poll. Michigan State will also move up at least one spot after their win over Boise State. One team ranked ahead of the Spartans lost (Michigan) and another team ranked above, Wisconsin, only defeated FCS team Northern Iowa by five points. However, there is a chance that MSU could get overlooked.
Follow College Football Universe late Saturday nights and early Sunday mornings for projections before the official polls are released.