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AP poll: FSU static, Ducks jump, four of top six from SEC

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Well, so much for a quality win over a top-ranked opponent being a lock to give you a boost in the polls.

No. 4 Florida State, fresh off a double-digit win over then-No. 10 Clemson, did little to impress the voters in the latest Associated Press poll, with the Seminoles coming in once again at No. 4.

The voters were, though, impressed by what a bunch of Wildcats and a Ducks did to ranked teams.

Kansas State’s win over then-No. 6 Oklahoma in Norman pushed Bill Snyder‘s charges from No. 15 last week all the way up to No. 7, by far the biggest move of the week from teams that were inside the Top 25 last week.  Oregon’s home whitewashing of then-No. 22 Arizona allowed the Ducks to move past LSU and into the No. 3 hole in the latest AP poll.

The three losers, the Sooners, Tigers and Pac-12 Wildcats, dropped to No. 16, No. 17 and out of the poll completely, respectively.

Dropping one spot apiece inside the Top 10 were LSU to No. 3 and West Virginia to No. 9, no doubt due to unimpressive wins over unranked squads.  Notre Dame, on the other hand, climbed into the Top 10 for the first time on the strength of its win over a then-ranked Michigan team, jumping up a spot to No. 10.

Alabama, of course, remains No. 1, pulling in 59 of the 60 first-place votes.  LSU was the only other team to receive a vote.

The remainder of the Top 10 consists of Georgia (steady at No. 5), South Carolina (up one to No. 6) and Stanford (up one to No. 8).  Four of the top six teams in the AP poll are from the SEC, and five of the top 11 (No. 11 Florida) are from that conference.  All told, six teams from the SEC are in the Top 25, the same number as hail from the Big 12.

Three teams fell out of this week’s Top 25 — Michigan (then-No. 18), UCLA (No. 19) and Arizona.  Those teams were replaced by, among others, Oregon State, which went from unranked all the way to No. 18 thanks to the decisive win over the Bruins.

The other two to make their 2012 poll debut are Rutgers (No. 23) and Baylor (No. 25).

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15 Responses to “AP poll: FSU static, Ducks jump, four of top six from SEC”
  1. brakengo says: Sep 23, 2012 12:26 PM

    Bama received 59 out of 60 first place votes … the other going to LSU. Come on Les, your team stunk.


  2. udub says: Sep 23, 2012 12:49 PM

    Boise is still ranked??? Do the voters even watch the games or just look at names?

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 23, 2012 12:50 PM

    Come on brakengo, you stink. Clunk.

    This is still a popularity poll, as southernpatriots has stated many times. There needs to be an additional two games or so before we can really see the strength of teams as they play better quality opponents.

    I do not have any objection to the rankings other than the fundamental one above. I would expect these next two to three games, to result in a very fluid top 25, ascending and descending the ladder.

    Oregon and some other teams really stood out. Congratulations to all.

    LSU’s defense pulled out the game for LSU, but it was Zach Mettenberger’s pass to Spencer Ware for 33 yards which helped to ice the game, and the final play of the game Frazier was intercepted by Simon of LSU.

    Condolences to Coach Chizik, his staff, the players and his student assistant coaches’ family on the young coaches’ passing.

  4. overratedgators says: Sep 23, 2012 1:29 PM

    Ohio State now the highest ranked team in the B1G, and they’re banned from even going to the league championship – let alone a bowl.

    … sad, sad days in the Big T(welv)en.

  5. Deb says: Sep 23, 2012 2:59 PM

    Well, I wondered how many #1 votes LSU would get this week. But brakengo, you can’t hang that on Les–he doesn’t have a vote in the AP poll. Seriously, though, if they gave points for effort, I’d have to throw one to Auburn. Their defense played a heckuva game in what we now know was very difficult circumstances.

    It’s still too early to know what any of these teams, including Bama, is made of. But the AP poll will be interesting if the Irish get another couple of wins under the belt. Then, no matter what anyone else does, at least half these #1 media votes will be going to Notre Dame 😉

  6. delfi2 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:25 PM

    I understand these polls mean shit at the present moment with many games left to play….

    BUT, WTF! LSU barely beats AU and they stay in front of FSU? Granted Clemson is not a world beater and FSU played at home, but they were ranked #10, correct? (by the same idiots, I might add)

    This SEC love fest has to stop, its embarrassing.

  7. soobster says: Sep 23, 2012 7:44 PM

    Haters gonna hate. The polls don’t mean anything? I beg to differ seeing that it’s easier to maintain a higher ranking than try to break into it. Either way, there will be another SEC team in the championship game and more than likely another SEC Championship.

  8. huskerzfan says: Sep 23, 2012 11:23 PM

    @ Deb

    It’s still too early to know what any of these teams, including Bama, is made of. But the AP poll will be interesting if the Irish get another couple of wins under the belt. Then, no matter what anyone else does, at least half these #1 media votes will be going to Notre Dame.

    Knock on Notre Dame all you want. If they end up undefeated at the end of the year they’ll have earned at least one side of the entry in the BCS Championship game.

    Michigan State

    They run through that gauntlet unscathed they deserve any love or respect that anybody would give to them.

  9. gfj7000 says: Sep 24, 2012 12:59 AM

    The Rankings are ‘hosed up’ pumping up the SEC teams. LSU has been OVERRATED since the pre-season rankings/resting on 2011 laurels. Now winning by a baseball score over a 1-2 team somehow got them (1) first place vote and still @ #3! What a joke! Once South Carolina and Alabama get hold of them – they’ll tumble down ‘the ranking food chain’ like USC. Florida State should be #3 – they had an awesome finish over Clemson. So, with that said – THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER SEC vs. SEC National championship again. I think the BCS folks realized their mistake last year that they won’t do it again. The NCS game had the lowest amount of viewers, and viewer rating stats. far below any other NCS game that has been shown on National TV. Also, with the playoff approach in 2014 – conference allegiance will disappear.

  10. WingT says: Sep 24, 2012 7:49 AM

    Heskezfan – I agree that if ND runs the table with that tough schedule they play they probably get to the NC game.

    But they will not go undefeated.

  11. florida727 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:55 AM

    Totally agree with ‘Bama at #1 and Oregon at #2, but with all due respect to my “southernpatriots” friends, I think FSU earned the #3 spot ahead of LSU. Face it, Auburn is a bad football team right now. I really thought the voters would better reward K-State after a ROAD win over Oklahoma as well.

    All this will sort itself out over the next several weeks obviously. Alabama play LSU, Georgia plays South Carolina. Florida plays both UGA and Carolina. Oregon/Southern Cal. Those of you howling at the moon over all the ranked SEC teams, relax. You’ll get what you want. One by one they’ll slide down the list, just like you want. Funny how everyone rants about 6 SEC teams in the rankings, but none of those same mention 6 Big 12 teams also being ranked. Hmm…

    These early-season polls are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do: create chatter among college football fans and maintain enthusiasm for the sport. It’ll all sort itself out on the field until the very end of the season when the polls will again do their job… by creating controversy over who belongs in the national title game and who are the scorned teams whose fans feel they belong in the title game. I will say this though: anyone who watches college football with an unbiased view that does NOT believe Alabama is, at least for now, the #1 team in America, doesn’t know much about the sport. Until they lose, they’ve earned their accolades. If they run the table, they’ll have earned the right to defend their title. There’s no arguing that.

  12. omniusprime says: Sep 24, 2012 8:53 AM

    Good to see the Pac-12’s Oregon rated higher than LSU, just another pice of SEC trash. How disgusting that 4 of the top 6 teams are over rated SEC trash. Just goes to show how prejudiced for the SEC the coaches and pundits are. Just as long as we don’t have another worst championship game ever like the Alabama-LSU game this year. I can’t wait to see the best of the Pac-12 crush the best of the SEC.

  13. scalpemseminoles says: Sep 24, 2012 9:32 AM

    How LSU is #3 is beyond logic. the toughest team they’ve played is washington.

  14. Deb says: Sep 24, 2012 12:28 PM

    @huskersfan …

    I posted a few months back that ND had the toughest 2012 schedule of the lot. And props to them because, as an independent, they set it themselves. If you’ll read my comment, you’ll notice I’m not knocking on ND, I’m joking about the loooongstanding and well-documented love affair the press has had with the Irish.

  15. bertenheim says: Sep 24, 2012 8:17 PM

    Nobody’s played anyone. Four non-conference games have pitted teams ranked in the pre-season top 25 (AL-Mich, MSU-Boise, ND-MSU, ND-Mich).
    Alabama’s great, Michigan’s over-rated, the Big Ten’s down, Notre Dame and the Pac 12 are up. We don’t know much else, including about the SEC.

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