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S-E-C! Easy as 1-2-3 in latest AP poll

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Thanks to Ralph Russo over at the Associated Press, I’ve now learned my one new thing for the day: the only other time one conference occupied the top three spots in the AP poll in its 75-year history for college football was in in 1971 when the Big 8 had Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado finish the season first through third.

The SEC just did one better with the West division holding down the top three spots in the latest AP poll with LSU, Alabama and Arkansas, respectively. After a day of BCS madness, the Razorbacks have the opportunity to wreak more havoc next weekend if they can upend the Tigers on the road. No easy task, but if the Hogs didn’t feel like they had the chance before, Iowa State, Baylor and USC just gave them three more reasons why they should now.

Theoretically, Arkansas could miss the SEC championship and still make it to the national title. Stanford, just a week after losing to Oregon, is in the same boat in the Pac-12 at No. 4. The Cardinal and No. 5 Oklahoma State — yep, those guys — aren’t out of the BCS title race yet. Neither is No. 6 Virginia Tech. The Hokies have had one of the easiest roads to a BCS appearance and show that if you keep winning, you keep moving up.

I may have spoken a bit prematurely yesterday when I said No. 7 Boise State’s BCS dreams were kaput. The Broncos will not receive an automatic bid to a spot to the BCS because of their loss to TCU, but their at-large hopes are still holding on by a thread. How the next few weeks sort out will have the greatest impact to Boise’s BCS chances, but really, it comes down to Houston losing a game.

Speaking of the Cougars, they come in at No. 8 with a win-and-they’re-in game plan for one of the BCS spots. Oregon slips to No. 9 after falling to No. 10 USC  38-35. Wait, shouldn’t that be the other way around?

Michigan State moves up to No. 11 and secured a spot in the Big Ten title game and Oklahoma drops to No. 12 after losing to Baylor. The Sooners’ BCS chances likely hinge on beating Oklahoma State next week. Georgia comes in at No. 13 as they head to the SEC title game — another chance to shake things up in the BCS standings.

No. 18 Clemson’s chances at a BCS game are done unless the Tigers can win the ACC title. TCU stays at No. 19 after securing at least a share of the Mountain West crown. Penn State and Baylor move up to No. 21 and No. 22 after wins over Ohio State and Oklahoma, and Nebraska falls to No. 23 following a loss to No. 17 Michigan. No. 24 Virginia has a chance to represent the ACC Coastal with a win over Va Tech next week. Dropping out of the rankings was Southern Miss after an embarrassing loss to UAB on Thursday.

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10 Responses to “S-E-C! Easy as 1-2-3 in latest AP poll”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 20, 2011 2:44 PM

    5 of the top 15. It is as easy as saying, the SEC. Football will always be a way of life, pride and hope for most folks in the south, no matter how bad the times get economically. It really is 24/7/365, as there is always recruiting, spring practice, and the 5th season in the south, better know as football season.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Nov 20, 2011 3:03 PM

    Congrats to the SEC, as it should be. The top 3 are the best this season. But which AP writer (homer) gave Arkansas 4 points? Are you kidding me? If your going to vote like that, just don’t bother.

  3. barbeaux says: Nov 20, 2011 4:32 PM

    @thefiesty1: I bet it was that or some writer thinking they were going to setup the game of the century 2 by having Arkansas at 2. I swear they try to setup rankings that way so they’ll have more to write about.

  4. outlawjerseywhales says: Nov 20, 2011 5:06 PM

    woebegong says:Nov 20, 2011 2:44 PM

    5 of the top 15. It is as easy as saying, the SEC. Football will always be a way of life, pride and hope for most folks in the south, no matter how bad the times get economically. It really is 24/7/365, as there is always recruiting, spring practice, and the 5th season in the south, better know as football season.
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    Oh, brother.
    If that is your “life, pride and hope” I’ll bet you have lots of Confederate dollars saved for the “South shall rise again” party.

  5. Dirty D Fo says: Nov 20, 2011 5:27 PM

    Jersey, you’re a moron.

  6. outlawjerseywhales says: Nov 20, 2011 5:44 PM

    Dirty D Fo says:Nov 20, 2011 5:27 PM

    Jersey, you’re a moron.
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    You are correct…
    …and your listless brats are my students.

  7. majorseahawk says: Nov 20, 2011 7:35 PM

    Polls are useless, there is zero objectivity to them. I’d love to see either one of those SEC teams go up against an Andrew Luck or Kellen Moore. Cause they’d pick the defense apart and as we saw with LSU/Bama, they don’t have an offense that can put up a lot of points against good teams.

  8. webfootdoug58 says: Nov 20, 2011 8:45 PM

    Ben,
    I try to avoid getting involved with the endless fruitless debates over polls, but this comment of yours demands a response:

    “Oregon slips to No. 9 after falling to No. 10 USC 38-35. Wait, shouldn’t that be the other way around?”

    Hello, then should Iowa State pass Oklahoma State, Baylor pass Oklahoma, etc?
    You dump a whole season’s body of work to focus on a single close game?

    USC entered this game with two losses, ranked 18; Oregon with a single loss, (to #1 LSU down South), ranked fourth– now, after missing a last second field goal that would have tied the game, Oregon dropped five places to 9, while USC jumped eight places to 10—— that’s not enough, you want USC to even jump Oregon with their narrow escape?

    The Stanford ranking is even stranger- Stanford jumped from 8 to 4 after their win over mediocre Cal, putting them way ahead of the Ducks, even back in the BCS championship discussion (from which Oregon was eliminated.)
    Given that Oregon didn’t just win at Stanford, they gave them a real beat-down and left Luck feeling most unLucky; and that Stanford only beat USC in 3 overtimes because of McNeal’s end zone fumble, it’s hard to figure that the Cardinal are now superior to the Ducks.

    My guess is that most of the voters back East had turned off the UO-USC game when the Ducks were trailing by 24 in the 3rd quarter, not realizing that Oregon is typically a second half team which would come storming back.

    But as I said, this is why I try never to comment on polls– they are just nuts– because college football is not a science and will never achieve perfect predictability –on a given day, a bad team will beat a good team– so we can argue forever.
    I agree with majorseahawk, polls are almost useless– but the idea that Luck could pick LSU or ‘Bama apart is just funny. (see Oregon.)

    Still, if LSU and Alabama don’t meet in the BCS championship game– whether we like it or not– we’ll all be shocked. But we’ve been shocked before.

  9. wustlumdnj says: Nov 20, 2011 10:33 PM

    Tulane is a typo that should read “Tulsa”

  10. southernpatriots says: Nov 21, 2011 8:54 AM

    This is the first time during the BCS era, and the second time in NCAA history, either way it is most uncommon occurence.

    This BCS top 3 ranking speaks to the excellence of three football programs/teams in the SEC West.

    Our congratulations to our LSU Tigers, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. May we all enjoy this situation which will likely change by the next BCS rankings are issued on next Sunday night.

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