The Associated Press preseason No. 1 USC Trojans had little trouble dispatching the Hawaii Warriors in their season opener, besting visiting Hawaii 49-10. Despite the convincing victory, come Tuesday's release of the new AP Poll, the Trojans could find that their reign atop the poll was short lived.
The Alabama Crimson Tide, a close second to the Trojans in the preseason edition of the AP Poll, had a resounding victory of their own -- but instead of beating an unranked opponent, the Crimson Tide crushed the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines, a victory that could spell a big boost in voters' ballots.
Alabama sat just 35 points behind the Trojans in the first poll and received eight less first-place votes. But all of that could change come the release of the first regular season edition of the long-standing rankings, as voters are sure to have taken notice of Alabama's primetime thrashing of the Wolverines.