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College Football Poll Watch: Alabama Not Unanimous No. 1, Wisconsin Shoots to No. 10

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Nick Saban

Week 1 of the 2016 college football season is in the books! We saw a lot go down over the Labor Day weekend and there were a couple of things that really stuck out.

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Related: College Football Top 25 Rankings

For starters — and relevant to what you are reading right now — we saw three teams that began the year inside the top 10 of the season's first AP Top 25 poll get bounced in their openers. A fourth (Tennessee) needed overtime to beat Appalachian State at home.

That only strengthens the argument that preseason polls are meaningless and perhaps should not exist in any official capacity. The problem with that is the human element. The College Football Playoff committee — for better or worse — is made up entirely of human beings. When they measure a quality win or the strength of a specific team’s schedule, what do you think they are measuring it against? That's right — the polls. Every quality win from here on out is going to be based on the results of games played between or against teams with little numbers next to their names on the scoreboard. As we saw this past weekend, those numbers aren’t exactly accurate nor do they always really mean anything.

The second AP Top 25 Poll of the season came out on Tuesday afternoon. Here are some things that caught my eye and hopefully inspire you to dig deeper when the polls come out each week.

Alabama is not the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation

I watched a lot of football this past weekend. I watched so much, that when I closed my eyes in bed, I still saw images of jerseys and helmets burned into the back of my eyelids. My DVR is sputtering thanks to the games I recorded, watched and watched again. If there was one thing I learned from watching all of that football, it was that Alabama — right now, today, in the present — is the very best college football team in the country. I'm not sure how any sane person could realistically make a case otherwise. The Crimson Tide throttled a team that many of us thought might be the most talented in the country at the skill positions. Suffice to say, they passed my eye test with flying colors and were one of the biggest stories of the weekend.

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Be that as it may, seven AP voters sat through a weekend of games and still came away thinking Alabama was not the best team in the country. Those voters are Scott Wolf, Ross Delanger, Pete Diprimio, Ed Daigneault, Jerry DiPaola, Joey Knight and Matt McCoy. You can click their names to see their ballots.

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Wisconsin goes from unranked to top 10

The Badgers shocked the nation with their win over LSU at Lambeau Field on Saturday. It was, however, basically a home game for them — and a close one at that. Since the clock hit zero in that game, the national media has talked endlessly about just how unimpressive LSU looked in the matchup. That leaves me asking one question: If LSU was bad enough in that game for the AP voters to drop them to No. 21, how was Wisconsin's win over the Tigers good enough to vault the Badgers into the top 10? Furthermore, how was it good enough for Wisconsin to jump over 11 other teams in the Top 25 that also won? I'm not sure any team has ever

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gotten more love for a two-point win in its home state. 

The voters loved Miami's win over Florida A&M

Miami was not ranked last weekend. And then the whole nation played football. And then the AP voters collectively decided that a 70-3 home romp over an FCS opponent that won a single game a season ago was enough to lift the Hurricanes into the Top 25. They got the nod over a Boise State team that took down UL Lafayette 45-10 and a BYU club that beat Arizona on a "neutral field" in Arizona.

College Football Top 25: Miami

Be on the look out

There are a couple of teams that could be crashing the AP Top 25 in the coming weeks with an impressive win here or there. Nebraska is among "others receiving votes," but a big win over Wyoming on Saturday could be enough to squeeze the Cornhuskers into the Top 25 the following week. Additionally, Colorado turned some heads by blowing out Colorado State. If the Buffaloes steamroll Idaho State as expected with no issues, Michigan could be facing a Top 25 opponent a little sooner than expected.

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Come back next week for another deeper look inside the polls.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.