Tide stay on top of UPS Index as balance makes its mark on AP poll

Updated: October 1, 2012, 2:03 PM ET
Associated Press

The UPS Team Performance Index is starting to look somewhat similar to the AP rankings, reinforcing the fact that overall team balance can play a critical role in winning games -- and impress the discerning eyes of experts.

Then again, if you're Oregon or West Virginia, you can always fall back on simply outscoring everyone.

Now-unanimous AP No. 1 Alabama maintained the top spot in the index after Week 5, with Florida State holding steady at second while jumping a spot to No. 3 in ...

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