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K-State rises, Oklahoma and Clemson tumble in coaches’ poll

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As expected, there’s been a sizable shift inside the Top 10 of the newly-minted coaches’ poll.

Kansas State was the biggest beneficiary of a smattering upsets, leapfrogging a handful teams to No. 8 from No. 13 at the beginning of the weekend.  The Wildcats’ Saturday victim, Oklahoma, tumbled all of the way out of the Top 10, dropping from No. 5 to No. 15.

Clemson’s loss to Florida State cost the Tigers six spots in the poll, coming in this weekend at No. 16.  As was the case with the Associated Press, the win did nothing for FSU’s poll standing as the Seminoles stayed at No. 4.

Alabama is No. 1 in the eyes of the coaches for a third straight week. Just as in the AP poll, Oregon and LSU flipped spots, with the former now No. 2 and the latter No. 3.

The Tide received all but two of the coaches’ first-place votes, with LSU and FSU splitting the remaining two.

Georgia (No. 5), South Carolina (No. 6), West Virginia (No. 7), Stanford (No. 9) and Texas (No. 10) make up the remainder of the Top 10.

Michigan (then-No. 17), Arizona (No. 19) and UCLA (No. 21) all dropped out, replaced by a total of four teams — Oregon State (No. 21), Baylor (No. 24) and Rutgers and Virginia Tech tied at No. 25.

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13 Responses to “K-State rises, Oklahoma and Clemson tumble in coaches’ poll”
  1. wustlumdnj says: Sep 23, 2012 2:58 PM

    I feel like WVU is overrated in their first year in the Big XII. I’d like to see them tested by more than just James Madison and Maryland (not sure which of those two is the better team IMO, the CAA produces top FCS squads).

    We will begin to see this this week with WVU hosting Baylor, before they hit their first road games in the Big XII against Texas and Texas Tech.

  2. kansas525 says: Sep 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    LSU barely beats an unranked team, looks bad doing it and only drops 1 spot? No SEC prejudice here, right? Top to bottom best conference? How about the Big 12. Seven of the 10 teams are ranked in the top 25 with 3 in the top 10. Against non-conference 26-2. SEC against non-conference 24-6.

  3. deucez2 says: Sep 23, 2012 3:35 PM

    WVU will blow the doors off Baylor. Baylor’s defense is about as tight as Kim Kardashian.

  4. inconsonance says: Sep 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    Untested teams being ranked too highly is a side-effect of preseason polls. Every season, there is at least one team that is ranked in the top 5 or 10 that gets shown up by a team that, if the ranking was truly accurate, should have beaten. USC is this season’s most prominent example to date.

    For that reason (and many others), I don’t think there should be any polls until after the fourth week of the season. That’s usually when you can tell if a team is legit or not. At any time prior to that, it’s just arbitrarily assigning rankings without having all the necessary information.

  5. Deb says: Sep 23, 2012 4:09 PM

    @kansas525 …

    How do you figure SEC bias plays into the coaches poll? You think B1G, Pac-12, Big 12, and ACC coaches are skewing toward the SEC? Seriously? I’d expect all coaches to be biased toward their own best interests. But only SEC coaches would be biased toward the SEC.

  6. brakengo says: Sep 23, 2012 4:48 PM


    We all know which conference you favor. This being said, it makes it interesting to read your posts.

  7. kansas525 says: Sep 23, 2012 6:12 PM

    USC is not this season’s most prominent example. Arkansas deserves that distinction. Remember, they too were ranked in the Top 10 preseason. Where are they now?

    For Deb
    As far as the coaches poll, the SEC coaches have shown a penchant for ranking strong teams low to keep SEC teams at the top. For example, final polls last year. At least one SEC coach ranked Ok State #5 to ensure Alabama would be #2. Wouldn’t it been more fun to see OK State vs LSU and Stanford vs Alabama? The way Alabama’s mediocre passing attack took apart LSU, think what the OK State’s, or Stanford’s passing attack would have done.

  8. dgbk says: Sep 23, 2012 8:30 PM

    how far would u like lsu to drop they still won? besides even if u dropped them to number 6 the sec will still have 3 top five teams.

  9. Deb says: Sep 23, 2012 9:59 PM

    @kansas525 …

    Well, of course, I’d have favored the scenario you suggested last season because I’ve been a longtime advocate for playoffs. But that wasn’t on the table no matter how the coaches voted.

    Yes, I was a little taken aback by Nick’s vote. That’s because I’m the kind of dolt who’d vote teams where I think they really ought to be even if it went against my own interests. I just have trouble believing most college coaches would do the same. I expect the SEC coaches aren’t the only ones who act for the good of their teams/conferences … which is why I question including a coaches’ poll in these decisions. Then again, I question including a reporters’ poll in these decisions, too. Guess that’s why I’m more comfortable with the objectivity of the NFL system :)

    @brakengo …

    I’m glad you’re entertained 😉

  10. vincentbojackson says: Sep 23, 2012 10:37 PM

    Get rid of this poll already. Most of the coaches admit they don’t even vote. Instead they opt to have their SID or a football operations assistant cast the ballot.

    The whole thing’s a joke. There’s not one coach that has time to follow any school that’s not on their current schedule.

  11. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 24, 2012 8:48 AM

    The one that cracks me up is FSU. I assume it was Gumbo Fisher that voted for his own team but he is in LALAland. The FSU-Clemson game showed the entire country everything you need to know about the ACC and why they cannot win a Nationasl Championship – NO DEFENSE. THAT is what makes the SEC the conference that it is. You dont win championships by having to score 47 because your opponent hung 38 on you (or whatever the exact score was). Was it painfully boring to watch the 12-10 LSU-Auburn game? YES…..but defense wins championships.

    (and yes I misspelled Jimbo on purpose, cause the guy sounds like a Louisiana Cajun speaking Frenglish, completely incoherent speech)

    Just my 2 cents….haters gonna hate.

  12. packerbadger says: Sep 24, 2012 10:32 AM

    Deb is somewhat-intelligent from the Somewhat Educated Conference. May be first in football, but last in education. The SEC players will be working for the Big 10 players.

  13. mogogo1 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:45 AM

    inconsonance says:

    Untested teams being ranked too highly is a side-effect of preseason polls. Every season, there is at least one team that is ranked in the top 5 or 10 that gets shown up by a team that, if the ranking was truly accurate, should have beaten. USC is this season’s most prominent example to date.

    My vote for most prominent example would go to Arkansas, who started out the year in the top 10. They may not have a winning record the way things are going for them.

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