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Gators, ‘Eers, ‘Cocks crack AP Top Five

Will Muschamp AP

Given that five of the Top 15 teams in the country — and three of the Top Five — saw its unbeaten seasons go up in flames Saturday, it was expected that there would be a significant shakeup in the latest release of the Associated Press rankings.

As expected, the, uh, expected has happened.

Florida, 14-6 winners over then-No. 4 LSU, was the biggest beneficiaries of a weekend rife with upsets, moving all the way from No. 10 to No. 4.  South Carolina and West Virginia, which beat then-N. 5 Georgia and then-No. 11 Texas, respectively, also jumped into the Top Five at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.  That poll position for the Gamecocks is the school’s highest since the 1984 season.

Alabama and Oregon maintained their 1-2 positions from a week ago.  The Tide, which has been No. 1 since the the polls that came out following Week 1, received all 60 first-place votes.

The Seminoles and Bulldogs took the biggest tumbles of the weekend, each dropping nine spots.  FSU is now No. 12 while UGA is No. 14.  Despite the road loss to the Gators, LSU remained inside the Top 10, coming in at No. 9.  Texas, which lost to WVU, dropped from No. 11 to No. 15.

There were also two other new teams inside the Top 10: Ohio State (No. 8, up from No. 12) and Oregon State (No. 10, up from No. 14).  The remainder of the Top 10 consists of Kansas State (No. 6) and Notre Dame (No. 7).

A total of five teams dropped from the rankings, with none taking a bigger tumble than TCU.  The Horned Frogs came into Week 6 No. 15, but the loss to Iowa State ended both its nation’s-longest winning streak and its poll run.  Nebraska (then-No. 21), Washington (No. 23), Northwestern (No. 24) and UCLA (No. 25) all dropped out following losses.  Replacing that quintet are Cincinnati (No. 21), Texas A&M (No. 22), Louisiana Tech (No. 23), Boise State (No. 25) and Michigan (No. 25).

Tech, incidentally and albeit at least a couple of weeks too late, enters the rankings for the first time since 1999.

(Writer’s note: now, voters, with the egregiousness that was an unranked Tech squad taken care of, let’s get on with cleaning up this Ohio Bobcats issue.  Thanks in advance.)

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33 Responses to “Gators, ‘Eers, ‘Cocks crack AP Top Five”
  1. mshassen2015 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    how does Georgia fall as far as Florida State, Ga lost to a undefeated top ranked team where Florida State loses to a 2 loss unranked team

  2. planck16 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:39 PM

    Really! UGA wasn’t even in the game and last by 28. FSU was leading until the final seconds. UGA looked bad on offense, defense, and special teams. Stop being a homer!

  3. planck16 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:40 PM

    Lost, not last. Sorry

  4. thebigtim2012 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:45 PM

    National championship game The Real USC and bama and we will roll the tide again!

  5. kiopta1 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:46 PM

    GA needed to fall. They got destroyed. Surprised Florida jumped so much. K state, ND, and OSU keep climbing.

  6. mshassen2015 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:47 PM

    yeah but still Fla St played a nobody

  7. mshassen2015 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:50 PM

    Alabama should be well rested with the cupcakes they been playing

  8. burntorangehorn says: Oct 7, 2012 12:56 PM

    Of course Florida vaults both WVU and K-State.

  9. lakerslegacy2432 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:57 PM

    its gonna be a SEC(BCS) again

  10. kiopta1 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:59 PM

    Lets not forget that in this universe a one loss sec team is still undefeated.

  11. southernpatriots says: Oct 7, 2012 1:02 PM

    Congratulations to the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks for good games and great wins! The SEC East and SEC races are shaping up. Important games for all during the next weeks.

    Also, congratulations to the Mountaineers with a huge scoring offense, but I do caution that a lack of good defense may hurt them later in the season, or post season, but it sure is fun to watch Geno and Company!

    There will be more shaking of the rankings in the next week or two before there is a settling.

    Our best to all teams and players to avoid serious injuries and to play to the best of their abilities.

    No doubt college football is the best entertainment value out there today!

  12. blitz4848 says: Oct 7, 2012 1:22 PM

    This will play out “on the field” over 8 weeks…
    Bama still plays LSU, Miss St, Tenn, Auburn & Conf Champ game

    Oregon plays USC, Arz St, Stanford, Oregon St & Conf Champ game

    South Carolina plays, LSU, Florida, Tenn, Clemson & Conf Champ game

    Florida plays Georgia, South Carolina & FSU

    West Virginia plays, Oklahoma, K-State, Ok St, TCU but NO Conf Champ game

    Notre Dame plays USC, Stanford, BYU, Oklahoma but NO Conf Champ game

    K-State plays West Va, Ok St, Texas & TCU but NO Conf Champ game

    Lots of good football left so just sit back and let it play out………….

  13. Deb says: Oct 7, 2012 1:25 PM

    @thebigtim2012 …

    I’m an Alabama fan, but it’s far too early to be talking about the Tide in the title game. Still a lot of football left to play, and our SEC rivals will play their best of the season against us. All I’m thinking about right now is how we’ll handle the trip to Faurot Field next week. As we saw with Georgia, the mighty can fall mighty hard when you least expect it.

  14. thebigtim2012 says: Oct 7, 2012 1:32 PM

    It’s gonna be a long road but the Real USC will be there In the end

  15. bouwel92 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:57 PM

    So glad to see that Louisiana Tech is finally ranked. After scoring 50+ points in 4 of the 5 games this season and 40+ in the other they are finally getting the recognition that they deserve. And to all the nay-sayers, we will prove it to yall after the texas a&m game this week. Although i will say even though they are only 3-2 Ulm deserves to be ranked, because they have hung tough with the big dogs even though there in the lowly sunbelt conference.

  16. pedagoguish says: Oct 7, 2012 5:21 PM

    Alabama has no business being ranked #1. They have played a ridiculously soft schedule. The computers will kick them out of the top two before this season is over. Good riddance!

  17. pedagoguish says: Oct 7, 2012 5:35 PM

    There are only two legitimate teams in the country, and these will play for the National Championship: Oregon and South Carolina. Oregon’s kinetic offense is now complemented with a stout defense. South Carolina has the best (if most unlikeable) coach in the country in Steve Spurrier. Alabama plays no one of significance; Florida will choke before the season is over; West Virginia has no defense; Kansas State is just a bunch of flatlanders who no one really takes seriously; and Notre Dame is to far down to ever make it up to number two.

    Actually the National Championship game should be Oregon vs. Oregon State, but the silly BCS rules make that pretty much impossible. Eat it, SEC.

  18. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:09 PM

    pedagoguish, I would argue to opposite. There isnt anyone who is going to beat Alabama, period…..and I am NOT an Alabama fan so dont tea bag me or egg my house. The only way your scenario happens is if Bama players and fans start reading and believing their own press clippings and get complacent. That’s just not going to happen.

  19. Deb says: Oct 7, 2012 11:07 PM

    Gee, pedagoguish, you’re just spewing in all directions. Does it hurt when your head spins like that?

    We’re not even halfway through the season. Anyone on the board can be beaten on any given Saturday. It would be wise to take everyone seriously … flatlander, highlander, or outlander. And to know Steve Spurrier is to love him. Easily the most entertaining coach in college ball … assuming you have a sense of humor.

  20. atmason says: Oct 8, 2012 2:02 AM

    PLEASE tell me that you will stop using “Eers” when talking about WVU. It’s lazy, and as irritating as hearing NFL announcers refer to “Zona” regarding the Arizona Cardinals. Why not call the OU Sooners the “Ners”, or USC as “Jans”.

  21. florida727 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:49 AM

    Have to admit, I’m surprised to see the Gators jump to #4. I thought, based solely on their play on the field, West Virginia deserved that spot with UF being slate at #5. But… the nice thing is, based on the remaining schedules, it will all play out on the field… as it should.

    If Alabama beats LSU, Mississippi State and either South Carolina or Florida in the SEC Championship game, they’ll (again) have earned the right to defend their title.

    Oregon has to beat USC, Stanford and win the Pac12 championship game (USC a second time?), and if they do, they’ll likely play Alabama for the title.

    If South Carolina beats LSU (on the road), Florida (on the road), Clemson and most likely Alabama in the SEC championship game, who could argue their place in the title game?

    Florida would have to beat South Carolina (at home), then Georgia (neutral site), Florida State in Tallahassee, then Alabama (most likely, and if not, then LSU a SECOND TIME) in the SEC title game to get a short at the national championship.

    West Virginia has to beat Oklahoma, K-State, OK State, and TCU to have any claim to a short at the national title, and they might have the easiest route, if you can call THAT schedule “easy”.

    Notre Dame could sneak in because wins over USC, Stanford, BYU (?), and Oklahoma, would look good on their resume, plus with others essentially eliminating themselves because of inter-conference matchups, ND’s schedule and the obvious media love they’ll get, could put them in a good position. Question is, with only two slots obviously available, who do they leapfrog to get a shot at the national title? Without a couple of “LSU beats Alabama, Florida beats South Carolina, LSU beats Florida the second time around” scenarios where teams beat themselves out of the title picture, ND is left on the outside looking in, in my humble opinion.

    Kansas State still has WVU, OK State, Texas & TCU but no conference championship game, so their schedule is favorable, again, if you can call that “favorable”.

    No matter how you look at it, this is shaping up to be one of the best finishes to a college football season in an awfully long time. One game losers need not apply. You better run the table if you want a shot at the crystal ball.

  22. lakesidegator says: Oct 8, 2012 8:52 AM

    G’tors.

  23. twoody50 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:52 AM

    Alabama plays a cupcake schedule all year. No SC, no Florida. The only reason LSU didn’t drop out of sight yet is because they still have to play Bama. The pollsters maintain their love affair with the SEC. The preseason polls had Arkansas and Michigan ranked in the top ten (joke) so it could qualify a Bama team beating top ten teams. Those games will hurt them in the end.

  24. twoody50 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:58 AM

    TLmoon……the only reason Bama wont get beat is because they play absolutely no one. LSU may have a slight chance. Their toughest game will be the SEC championship game and hey will get hosed. Oregon will never get to #1 even with a Bama loss. The BCS nor ESPN will allow it. BAMAs, and the SECs biggest fan is ESPN.

  25. foreverlsu says: Oct 8, 2012 9:29 AM

    I was shocked that LSU remained in the top ten but it won’t last long if offense remains stagnant.

    “Alabama plays no one?” Bama can’t help it if Michigan turned out to be a joke. We all knew before the season Michigan was overrated. All Bama can do is beat everyone on its schedule and if they do that, they deserve what they get, which no reasonable person can deny. Who looks better than Alabama anyway?

  26. florida727 says: Oct 8, 2012 9:32 AM

    JOHN TAYLOR, please pass along my contact information to “southernpatriots”. Thanks.

  27. mountaineer50415 says: Oct 8, 2012 9:56 AM

    I am pleased that the Mountaineer defense got a little better last week. Their defense is no more suspect than Florida’s offense. I have a problem with trying to figure out what is the worse case scenerio. Florida goes most of the game down 6-0 or WVU has a shoot out. In the end they both won. I do not understand two things. 1. How did Florida jump WVU, and 2. how did WVU jump Kansas State? All teams above won. Georgia obviously was overrated, and SC should not have jumped over everyone. However, SC and Florida still have to play each other. One of them will fall. WVU and Kansas State is in the same situation. Therefore, I am happy with the way things are. I do not expect them to be the same in a couple weeks. GOOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS AND ROLL TIDE

  28. southernpatriots says: Oct 8, 2012 11:44 AM

    fllorida727: Done. thanks JT. Sent com to you moments ago.

    foreverlsu:

    You are quite correct. The only thing the team and coach can do is play the teams they are scheduled. The SEC arranges the SEC schedule, though their is much pressure put on them.

    The OOC schedule is arranged by the Athletic Departments at each college/university. I never really knew how much work, and sometimes for years, goes into the negotiations or arrangements of scheduling teams. The AAD at LSU works persistently, trying again and again to get a scheduled home and home or a Cowboys Stadium event. Some have to be scheduled many years in advance (e.g. Oklahoma for 2018 and 2019 home and home). The schedulers don’t have it easy.

  29. Deb says: Oct 8, 2012 1:52 PM

    @twoody50 …

    Alabama doesn’t play Florida this year because teams in the SEC East and West play each other on a pre-set rotating basis, just as NFL teams from the AFC and NFC play each other on a pre-set rotating basis. No one can predict in advance which of those teams will be competitive in the years they happen to meet.

  30. Deb says: Oct 8, 2012 1:57 PM

    @atmason …

    With you on not using “Eers” as an abbreviation for Mountaineers. Based on the headline, I had no idea what team had cracked the top five. It may not have the same pith as “eers,” but WVU takes up no more space and is instantly recognizable.

  31. Deb says: Oct 8, 2012 2:02 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    Thank you … I hadn’t gotten to your post or Southern Patriots’ when I responded to twoody50′s comment about Bama’s schedule. Before the season started, both Michigan (which scared me to death) and Arkansas looked like powerhouses. Our schedule seemed as scary as anyone else’s. And I thought the Trojans would run the table. You just can’t predict these things … no matter what they say in Vegas ;)

  32. ndnation23 says: Oct 8, 2012 6:19 PM

    lol WV gives up 40 – 50 pts a game and they are top 5????? FL beats LSU by 3 and they are top 5?? K state, ok they beat Oklahoma but who else? ND has held Michigan, Michigan st, and Miami without a TD..cant say the same for ANY of those ranked above them, as well as ND is the only team not to trail at any point of a game this year…not beating my chest so to speak, just saying..hopefully if we beat Stanford, OK, and USC we finally will get some respect.

  33. florida727 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:54 AM

    “ndnation”, the final score of the Florida-LSU game was 14-6. Florida has not allowed a POINT in the 4th quarter yet this year. BTW, nice wins as they are, Michigan, Michigan State, and Miami are not exactly Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State (there are several sets of three I could have named). Run the table, then we’ll talk. In the meantime, re-take that remedial math class.

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