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SEC West rivals top AP poll

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The USA Today Coaches Poll felt that, for at least another week, the Oklahoma Sooners were the best team in the country.

The Associated Press, on the other hand, felt a tug a little further east.

After defeating Kentucky 35-7, LSU remained on top of the AP poll with 40 first-place votes while SEC West rival Alabama swapped spots with the Seminoles with 12 first-place votes of their own. Wisconsin and Boise State both cruised to in their Week 5 games to round out the AP top-5.

No. 6 Oklahoma State was off this week and No. 7 Stanford took care of business against UCLA, but it was No. 8 Clemson who is everyone’s sexy pick right now after the Tigers went into Blacksburg and defeated then-No. 11 Virginia Tech. The loss sent the Hokies down 10 spots all the way to No. 21. Oregon and Arkansas, who came from behind to be Texas A&M, rounded out the top-10.

Outside the top-10, Michigan continued to be one of the weekend’s biggest winners, shooting up seven spots to No. 12 after blanking Minnesota 58-0. And Auburn, a week after falling out of the AP top-25, found their way back in again in a major way by vaulting all the way up to No. 15 after defeating then-No. 10 South Carolina on the road. The Gamecocks fell eight spots to No. 18.

Kansas State was the other team besides the Tigers to find their way into the top-25 this week, coming in at No. 20 after defeating Baylor, who falls to No. 25. Florida State and Texas A&M, the only two teams with a pair of losses in the latest rankings, come in at No. 23 and No. 24, respectively.

For the full set of the latest AP rankings, click HERE.

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18 Responses to “SEC West rivals top AP poll”
  1. southernpatriots says: Oct 2, 2011 3:36 PM

    Popularity polls are morphing into performance rankings which obviously some way are taking into consideration Strength of Schedule. Over the next month the AP and coaches will both begin to reflect what is done on the field.

    Our “druthers” are that LSU not be #1 but we appear to be a family out of the mainstream. Coach Miles is taking it as a motivating method (what else can he do?) so he is embracing it. He accurately stated that all the opposing teams already are targeting LSU and already are pushing themselves very hard to beat them, but we say, “Why give them this added incentive and motivation?”

    We hope all this is settled on the playing field but until we have playoff, there will be controversy.

    Best to our alma mater and all its players at being #1 again is week.

  2. Deb says: Oct 2, 2011 3:46 PM

    Can’t wait for the Bama/LSU game!!!

  3. dickroy says: Oct 2, 2011 6:52 PM

    @Deb
    Congrats on Bama’s win. Happy for You

  4. southernpatriots says: Oct 2, 2011 7:17 PM

    Deb: We join with dickroy and congratulate you on the Bama win. It was impressive. Dominance on the line and on both offense and defense. Defense especially impressive.

    Record books and records aside…Kentucky has really been a pain to us. A few years ago when we were last rated #1, Kentucky took us to 3, yes, 3!!! overtimes and then won. Miles used this as a reminder and motivation to the squad this time to play and not look at a team’s record. If they keep playing that way, they will beat Arkansas, another thorn in our side over the past few years.

    I know Miles and Saban are looking forward to playing one another. The teams are as well. But it is sad that 2 top teams and one will likely be eliminated from the national championship by losing. Reason? Stanford, the Smurfs, Wisconsin, and many others remain undefeated. This will happen more and more and something needs to be done.

  5. dickroy says: Oct 2, 2011 7:53 PM

    On the other side I am worried about our Steelers! And Ben. Oh if we had an O.

  6. dickroy says: Oct 2, 2011 7:55 PM

    @southernpatriots

    Bama and LSU will be the game of 20011.

  7. polegojim says: Oct 2, 2011 8:10 PM

    Congrats to Tigers and Tide!

    VERY proud of Michigan’s improvement… but a nausiating realist. I’m unconvinced the #12 UM ranking is deserved… yet.

    LOTS more to prove and improve before Sep 2012.

    Onward to Valiance and Victory – GO BLUE!

  8. southernpatriots says: Oct 2, 2011 8:23 PM

    polegojim: Congratulations! The next few weeks will tell much for many teams who are ranked. We understand your reluctance to accept the #12 ranking. Take it as recognition that others are seeing improvement in Michigan’s performances. More improvement needed is what you see, but good advances have been made. Congratulations!

    Our road is a hard one as it is for any SEC West team.

    Let us know what the Michigan Athletic Department tells you about scheduling LSU.

  9. southernpatriots says: Oct 2, 2011 8:28 PM

    dickroy: Everyone we know is looking forward to it, except us. The team that loses will likely be eliminated from the BCS National Championship consideration and that is most unfair. If two or three teams are allowed from any conference and if we had an actual playoff system, this could possibly be eliminated. But presently, the loser is probably eliminated. Sad.

  10. dickroy says: Oct 2, 2011 8:39 PM

    southernpatriots, I agee 100% We need a playoff system for sure. The BCS is unfair!

  11. southernpatriots says: Oct 2, 2011 8:45 PM

    dickroy: There is no doubt that what we had before (AP, UPI, Cupcake Journal, Moma’s Meatball Advocate,etc.) with every publication or group ranking teams and in some years, 4 and 5 teams could claim to be the national champion. BCS is not much better, but it is better. But it is not what we need. We need what every other team sport in the entire NCAA, in ever other division has–a championship playoff. And we have seen and heard plans of including the major bowls (and some not so major bowls) in the playoffs, so the school presidents should be happy.

  12. bamasleeper13 says: Oct 2, 2011 9:09 PM

    I will be at Bryant-Denny with 101,800 screaming Tide fans to take on LSU, it will be the game of the year!! ROLL TIDE!! This one will be for a place in the National Title game!!!

  13. Deb says: Oct 2, 2011 9:14 PM

    @dickroy …

    It appears that if I want to see a pro-caliber offensive line, I’ll have to be content with Bama’s. I love my Steelers. But sending our QB out with that line is like sending the proverbial lamb to the slaughter. It’s inexcusable to put your chief offensive asset in that situation. It’s rare for me to get this angry with our front office and coaching staff, but this is ridiculous.

    @southernpatriots …

    My brother is super knowledgeable on football, but we spent a lot of his visit arguing about the Little Sisters of the Poor. We were both concerned about the Florida game, and I was saying a loss would put us out of contention; he disagreed. But how could we still be in contention with a loss when Boise State is playing high school teams on Muppet Field and will remain undefeated at season’s end? Of course the pollsters will reward mediocrity. They’re huge fans of Blues Clues and blinded by the cartoon playing surface. :roll:

  14. bamasleeper13 says: Oct 2, 2011 9:16 PM

    To polegojim, the Michigan ND game a few weeks ago was a stunner!! All the best to Michigan!

  15. Deb says: Oct 2, 2011 9:16 PM

    Oh, thanks for the congrats!!! ROLL TIDE :D

  16. bamasleeper13 says: Oct 2, 2011 9:27 PM

    Deb, I totally agree with the whole Boise thing, we need a play-off system badly! Teams like Bama and LSU could play each other with fair elimination. The SEC spends all season beating each other up, but if you come out on top you know you are the best!

  17. southernpatriots says: Oct 2, 2011 10:38 PM

    Deb: The sports writers love the Smurfs, but so do the coaches!!!! That is 59 Div. 1 FBS coaches! They support the Smurfs to be in the top 10 waiting to take the place of Alabama or LSU or Oklahoma, though with their schedule they may not have a problem.

    It is ridiculous and we face this mess year after year. Pre-season, it is both polls ranking Notre Dame, like their is that undying loyalty and belief that this IS the year, then during the season the Smurfs playing cupcakes all season long with maybe 1 decent game. Its pitiful.

  18. suprmous says: Oct 3, 2011 2:08 AM

    Deb, congrats on the win. Look forward to the dance on Nov 5th. Should be interestin for sure. Hope that the officials can see. K southernpatriots I just had to throw that in for good measure,hahahaha. But seriously I do hope that the dance lives up to expectation. Showin you love now and until you tell me to growl off into the sunset.

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