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Arkansas drops out of the latest AP poll

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Lose to a Sun Belt team (S-B-C!), get knocked out of the Associated Press top 25.

Previously eighth-ranked Arkansas found that out the hard way in a stunning 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday night.  The Hogs were nowhere to be found on Sunday in the latest AP poll, taking the second-largest fall out of the rankings in history.  Only No. 5 Michigan in 2007 had a larger tumble after losing to Appalachian State.

The AP’s top five? That was a little less exciting. Alabama, USC, LSU and Oregon all held constant in the top four spots with Florida State tying Oklahoma for the fifth spot. The Tide received 48 first-place votes with USC receiving eight and LSU receiving four. The Seminoles beat Savannah State 55-0 in a weather-shortened game.

Georgia, on the heels of its 41-20 win over Missouri, is No. 7. Rounding out the top 10 is South Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State.

But Arkansas wasn’t the only team to fall out of the top 25. No. 13 Wisconsin was also dropped after losing to Oregon State. As a result, spots 11-15 are as follows: Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Texas and Kansas State. No. 16 Nebraska and No. 18 Oklahoma State fell out of the top 25 too after losing to a pair of Pac-12 schools in UCLA and Arizona, respectively, meaning TCU, Michigan, Florida, Louisville and Notre Dame close out the top 20.

The aforementioned Bruins and Wildcats moved into the top 25, as did BYU and Tennessee.

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24 Responses to “Arkansas drops out of the latest AP poll”
  1. tuckfexas says: Sep 9, 2012 12:30 PM

    God forbid you actuallly included a link to the actual poll.

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 9, 2012 12:44 PM

    When Tyler Wilson went down and did not return i the second half it gave an opening for the upset minded giant killers of UL-Monroe to start their trek toward their win. Tyler in the first half, the Razorbacks dominated. Tyler missing in the second half, a huge difference. No doubt UL-Monroe played a great game the second half and never gave up, but the difference Tyler Wilson made/makes is tremendous. Our prayers for his full recovery.

    I hope influential coaches and players will get behind an effort we have been advancing for over a decade that new shock technology be incorporated into helmets by the manufacturers. This may help prevent many concussions and head injuries.

    The top teams should stay where they are. So far it remains a popularity poll. More accurate rankings can happen in a few more weeks when enough games are played.

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Sep 9, 2012 12:51 PM

    tuckfexas, the NBC polls page wasn’t updated at the time I published this. The intention was to insert the poll once the page was updated… which I’m getting ready to do now. Cool your jets.

  4. billmead1976 says: Sep 9, 2012 1:01 PM

    Arky never belonged in the top ten. Just another media induced SEC lovefest.

  5. ndrocks2 says: Sep 9, 2012 1:24 PM

    John L Smith didn’t take long to put his stamp on the program. MSU is smiling knowing you haven’t seen nothing yet. Has he gone crazy on the local TV staions yet? Wait for it, Wait for it…

  6. cosanostra71 says: Sep 9, 2012 1:31 PM

    Pac12 looking solid early!

  7. Deb says: Sep 9, 2012 2:42 PM

    The loss of a starting QB is a devastating blow to any team. But when the 8th-ranked team in the nation is up 28-7 against an unranked team and winds up losing 34-31, that’s about more than losing a QB. Clearly the defense didn’t step up when needed.

    I’m not trying to rub salt into Arkansas’s wound. But after losing Bobby Petrino and going through a lot of off-season upheaval, it’s likely the Hogs were ranked too high. Louisiana-Monroe isn’t unique; every opponent of a ranked team is upset-minded. A team worthy of a top-10 ranking should be able to run the ball on offense and stop the opponent on defense to secure a three-touchdown lead.

  8. cometkazie says: Sep 9, 2012 2:50 PM

    Good to hear from you, Deb.

  9. v2the4 says: Sep 9, 2012 3:01 PM

    S E see ya Arkansas…..injuries are a part of the game…sorry that Wilson got hurt, because he is a great QB and is a future first round pick, but every SEC coach and their fan base brags about the “depth” they have….

    the backups at SEC schools like Jacoby Brissett at Florida, or Rob Bolden at LSU or any 2nd 3rd, 4th stringer or true freshman can start at any ACC, Big 12 Pac12 or Big10 school…

    even though Wilson got hurt, he has never made a tackle…what happened to that vaunted SEC defense against a SunBelt team? or why didnt they run the ball, especially in OT…

    guess this blows the wind out of the CBS sails with the national game of Alabama vs Arkansas next week?

  10. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 9, 2012 3:17 PM

    Woohoo how bout them Vols!!! Eat yet heart out Fulmer you loser! Lol

  11. uscatjerseyshore says: Sep 9, 2012 3:18 PM

    AP Poll has some validity
    Coaches poll is meaningless (bought and paid for by Nike and the SEC). Oregon is now ranked 92nd in total defense dropping from last week’s 91st. They are playing nothing but cupcakes at their home stadium. Next week is more of the same.

  12. Deb says: Sep 9, 2012 4:18 PM

    @cometkazie …

    Thanks. Tight schedule these days, but I’ll drop by when time permits. Glad to see you’re still here :)

  13. foreverlsu says: Sep 9, 2012 8:55 PM

    This just in: The B1G 10 still sucks and the SEC is still ruling college football.

  14. bozosforall says: Sep 9, 2012 10:26 PM

    Where are all of the loudmouthed Arkansas fans now. Eating tons of crow, that’s where. Ha ha.

  15. sparty0n says: Sep 10, 2012 1:15 AM

    Someone said, “JLS finally did something to get MSU ranked in the top ten!”.

  16. hardballtalkusername says: Sep 10, 2012 1:42 AM

    usca – Oregon is ranked low defensively because their offense runs such a fast pace that the defense is on the field a ton and they inevitably give up a lot of runs on defense.

  17. hardballtalkusername says: Sep 10, 2012 1:42 AM

    usca – Oregon is ranked low defensively because their offense runs such a fast pace that the defense is on the field a ton and they inevitably give up a lot of yards on defense.

  18. gorilladunk says: Sep 10, 2012 8:24 AM

    Early returns indicate that the SEC is top heavy this year (Ala., LSU) and Georgia is better than most. The rest of the conference seems spare to fair.

  19. foreverlsu says: Sep 10, 2012 10:36 AM

    sure, gorilladunk, let’s go with that. It’s a tired old argument that is repeated every year by SEC haters. Then bowl season arrives and the 8th best SEC team beats the 3rd best ACC team and the 7th best SEC team beats the 4th best Big 12 team.

  20. kozbee says: Sep 10, 2012 11:36 AM

    This time of season no one really knows how good a team will be till they get into their conference games.2-0 records can change quicky playing early season games out of conference.Deb is right about Arkansas alot has happened in the past year with the Razorbacks and can change a team around very fast to the bad.Look at Auburn Gene kicks out Pike and now they have no QB to speak of,Frazier imo has no business even taking snaps. Gone Fishin.

  21. gtizzo says: Sep 10, 2012 1:25 PM

    Where was that cosmic “SEC speed” on defense? I thought the SEC recruited from a cosmic pool of players that all run 4.3 40 times. Guess they recruit from the same pool as everyone else.

  22. tigersgeaux says: Sep 10, 2012 2:23 PM

    gtizzo:

    Where was the cosmic Oregon speed last season when they played LSU and were out-sped, out blocked, pushed around the field, and manhandled?

    Few bloggers are truly passing blame where it lies– the coaching staff of Arkansas. Last season Tyler was beat up by Alabama and more beating by LSU. Offensive Coordinator or OL coach for Razorbacks should have made changes to provide better protection for Tyler. All the coaches should have done in the second half to protect such a huge lead, was to run the ball, RUN THE BALL. Short screens and slants and RUN. Eat up the clock, keep the ball away from the Warhawk offense. That is a coaching decision and the coaches for Arkansas let down the team and the fans. The coaches lost the game, as much as the Warhawks won it.

  23. gorilladunk says: Sep 10, 2012 2:50 PM

    @foreverlsu……Outside Tennessee, who besides the big 3 have shown anything so far? Miss. St.? Remember, A&M and Mizzou were middle of the road Big 12 teams. Nothing that happened on Sat. led any right minded person to think the the SEC si loaded, top to bottom.

  24. tigersgeaux says: Sep 10, 2012 3:27 PM

    gorilladunk:

    forgive me for butting in here, but seriously which conference “is loaded, top to bottom”? Big 12? ha. B1G, Pac12, ACC? no, none. so your statement is a false assumption.

    When SEC football teams face the best of the other conferences in bowl games, what is the outcome? What has the outcome been the last few years, the last decade? In history? It is not just that the elite of the SEC have alternated in the BCS National Championships–winning with Alabama, LSU, Florida, and Tennessee all taking their turns, spreading the wealth, with all SEC teams literally sharing the wealth. Not just in the CG but in other bowls as well.

    No, the excellence does not extend to all members of the SEC, never has, never will, nor does it for any other conference, never has, and never will. We are talking just about football here, but if you wish to speak about the next 12 sports, the SEC ranks 1st in 8 sports, ranks 2nd in 2 sports, and 4th in 2 sports. So, if you are speaking about football, its the SEC, if you are speaking in general about the top 12 sports in college today, its the SEC.

    And it is not the same SEC teams every year, though there are some trends…Georgia and Alabama in women’s gymnastics; TAMU with by far the best track coach in history for men’s and women’s track, and add in LSU from time to time, women’s basketball Alabama and Tennessee, Kentucky in basketball, LSU, South Carolina in baseball, and many other, …and you see the point. It is a good time to be a fan of an SEC team, and SEC athletics.

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