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No change atop the latest coaches’ poll

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Heading into Week 5, Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Florida State and Georgia made up the top five of the USA Today coaches’ poll. Seeing as Stanford was the only victim of a major upset this college football weekend, the latest coaches’ poll top 10 remained almost exactly identical as the week before.

The Tide, Ducks, Tigers, Noles and Dawgs (oh my!) stayed put in the top five, while South Carolina, West Virginia and Kansas State stayed at spots six, seven and eight, respectively. The Cardinal fell from No. 9 to No. 18 following its loss to Washington. As a result, Texas and Notre Dame moved up one spot to round out the top 10.

Florida and USC, both on a bye week, came in at No. 11 and No. 12, while TCU, Oklahoma and Clemson rounded out the top 15. Louisville was rewarded for its rain-drenched win over Southern Miss with a No. 16 ranking and Oregon State moved up once again after beating Arizona on the road.

The real reward, though, had to be the In-N-Out burgers Mike Riley promises his team if they win.

Northwestern, Cincinnati and Texas Tech enter the coaches’ poll for the first time this season, and Boise State re-enters to round out the top 25. Dropping out of the coaches’ poll was No. 18 Michigan State, No. 22 Oklahoma State, No. 23 Wisconsin, No. 24 Baylor and No. 25  Virginia Tech.

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12 Responses to “No change atop the latest coaches’ poll”
  1. allan357 says: Sep 30, 2012 2:33 PM

    Interesting, but I’ve never understood why they call it a COACHES’ poll when it’s a poorly kept secret that some coaches have simply given their ballot to someone else in the athletic dept to fill out on a regular basis.

    As a sidebar, I’ve never understood why they think people who work 90+ hours/wk have the time to know anything beyond their own conference.

  2. raysfan1 says: Sep 30, 2012 2:46 PM

    How does a Boise State that squeaked by New Mexico get ranked, and Washington does not? Do the sports information directors even watch the televised games before submitting ballots with coaches’ names on them?

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 30, 2012 3:29 PM

    The top 8 teams in this ranking poll stay the same. That is fair, I guess. None of the top 8 lost a game, so nothing has really changed yet with those teams and records. All of this will begin to even out with a couple more games being played in the “meat” of each team’s schedules, conference games, rivalry games, and the cream will rise to the top, the rest will fall, as happens each fall.

    This season so far has surely provided a variety of games, such as defensive struggles, and defense-less games of great offensive prowess (e.g. WVU & Baylor 70-64).

    My hope and prayer is that some influential coaches and players will start putting pressure on the NCAA to pressure in turn the helmet manufacturers to implement concussion reducing technology to their helmets.

  4. artisan3m says: Sep 30, 2012 5:35 PM

    How can the #9 team give up 63 points and move up to #8? And how can the #24 team score 63 points on #9 and drop out of the polls? Yes, I understand that Baylor lost and Geno had a helluva day. But so did Baylor. Since neither team has a defense, how did one of them get a top ten berth? I mean, Heisman hype goes just so far.

  5. truetarheelfan says: Sep 30, 2012 5:55 PM

    I agree Baylor should still be ranked but more importantly how the heck is LSU even in the top 8 right now they have played nnnnnoooooo body…. And yet have struggled against teams of way lesser talent sooooo I’m just wondering when are re poles gonna stop living on last yr and move on its ok to admit u were wrong that team has a woeful offensive line and that defense misses its leader in Tyron Matthieu top 5 should be
    1. Alabama
    2. Oregon
    3. Florida State
    4. Georgia
    5. South Carolina

  6. psunick says: Sep 30, 2012 7:37 PM

    Three straight wins. Where’s Penn State?

  7. imaduffer says: Sep 30, 2012 8:20 PM

    If we are talking about a real Coaches Poll, I believe Bobby Petrino is still #1.

  8. sportsfan83 says: Sep 30, 2012 8:29 PM

    Just curious but how is Ohio State #12 in the AP poll but not even ranked in the top 25 in the coaches poll?

  9. vincentbojackson says: Sep 30, 2012 8:58 PM


    The NCAA prohibits teams that are on probation from receiving any votes in the coaches poll. The NCAA has no control over sports writers so that’s why they appear in the AP poll.

  10. polegojim says: Sep 30, 2012 8:59 PM

    @sportsfan83… OSU is ranked purely on a couple ‘luck wins’, not level of competency…. and the coaches ALL KNOW IT.

    And if they don’t shape up, LSU will be completely exposed and dropping like a rock very soon. Towson looked AWESOME against them.

  11. inconsonance says: Sep 30, 2012 9:18 PM

    @artisan3m – WVU’s current ranking is due to preseason polls having us in the top 10 – 15 (depending on which poll), and the fact that we’ve won all of our games thus far. It’s that simple. It’s got nothing to do with Geno’s Heisman hopes, and everything to do with our offensive success (our defense, however, is a goddamn sieve).

    As for Baylor, well, it’s bullshit that they dropped out. They’re an exceptional team (at least on offense), and one can’t help but be impressed by them. If anything, they should have stayed put or even moved up one, loss or not. I feel confident that they’ll be back in the top 25 very soon, as they should be.

  12. John Taylor says: Sep 30, 2012 9:58 PM

    “Just curious but how is Ohio State #12 in the AP poll but not even ranked in the top 25 in the coaches poll?”

    Coaches’ poll excludes teams that are ineligible for that particular season’s postseason as they are part of the BcS formula. Much like the (coughcoughBScoughcough) Harris poll won’t include OSU as well as they are a part of the hor””sh”” system currently used to determine a national “champion.”

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