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Status quo in AP poll, but Bama no longer unanimous No. 1

Will Muschamp AP

With just three teams ranked inside last week’s Top 25 losing in Week 8, it was expected there’d be precious little movement in the newly-released Associated Press poll.

As expected, the, uh, expected has indeed taken place, even as there was at least one mild surprise.

As it has since the second poll of the season, Alabama held the top spot according to the AP.  For the first time since the Sept. 23 release, however, the Tide wasn’t a unanimous choice as Florida grabbed one of the 60 first-place votes away from the defending BcS champions.

‘Bama did set a school record by sitting atop the AP poll for the eight straight week, so they have that going for them, which is nice.

Other than that minor first-place tweak?  There wasn’t much change at the top.  The top six spots remained the same as they were a week ago, with Oregon, Florida, Kansas State, Notre Dame and LSU, in that order, following Alabama.  The first change comes at No. 7, with Ohio State, which escaped with an overtime home win over Purdue, dropping two spots to No. 9 and replaced by Oregon State.  The Beavers moved up one spot, as did USC (No. 10).

Oklahoma moved up two spots to No. 8 to round out this week’s Top 10.

On the strength of its loss to Florida, South Carolina was the only team to drop out of the Top 10, tumbling from No. 9 to No. 17.  West Virginia is barely clinging to a ranking, free-falling all the way from No. 17 to No. 25.

Louisiana Tech was the only new team in this week’s Top 25, coming in at No. 24.  The Bulldogs replaced Cincinnati (then-No. 21).


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34 Responses to “Status quo in AP poll, but Bama no longer unanimous No. 1”
  1. kozbee says: Oct 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    Congrats out to Bama team and fans,was a good game.Only team i see giving Bama fits would be Oregon in a National Championship.Good luck Deb the rest of the way to the NC,will be pulling for y`all.Roll Tide.

  2. dkhhuey says: Oct 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    Ohio State’s new motto – Just win, then drop in the polls!

  3. truefootballinsight says: Oct 21, 2012 2:35 PM

    Hmmmm so south Carolina is now worse than the Georgia team it completely embarrassed?

    Making sense polls.

    OSU should have dropped down. Having to beat Purdue in overtime is just embarrassing, I’d say it’s as close as an FSU embarrassment. If OSU played some real talent they’d screwed. Polls should really look at more than just W-L record. SOS has proven to be huge when comparing talent that goes to the nfl. Playing good teams makes you better. And most draft prospect do play against the best. It’s just embarrassing that OSU has barley beaten some really average teams such as their “solid” win over cal and are ranked this high. Sure they beat MSU but just how good are they? Haven’t they lost ~4 games and all their wins are against some mediocre teams?

    Ugh, I hate college teams playing crappy nonsense teams.

    Long Live the NFL

  4. thraiderskin says: Oct 21, 2012 3:16 PM

    Bama should be number 1, but I do think Florida deserves the vote they got… They’re playing well and they’re undefeated. As far as Ohio State, I think they belong at the back end of the top ten. I realize the B1G is down, but that isn’t Ohio States fault, they just have to play the games they are given. While struggling against Purdue seems like a fair knock, Purdue almost always plays Ohio State tough and the guy who accounts for 65% of our offense ended the night in a hostpital. As far as “truefootballinsight”s comments about draft prospects, well, last time I checked, the B1G had a very successful presense there. Why don’t you go check the top 5 players at many/most of the positions, I’m sure you will find plenty of B1Gs in those lists.

  5. Deb says: Oct 21, 2012 3:39 PM

    Thanks, kozbee!

  6. neauxgeaux44 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:43 PM

    The gump thump coming next week for the rednecks…go MSU…

  7. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 21, 2012 5:22 PM

    truefootballinsight says: Oct 21, 2012 2:35 PM

    Hmmmm so south Carolina is now worse than the Georgia team it completely embarrassed?


    This logic only works when both teams have the same amount of losses. Once UGA has the same number of losses as USCe, USCe will be rated higher. Come on now, that’s basic pollology. That’s like saying Washington should be ranked higher than Stanford at this point.

  8. kjt929 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:11 PM

    Flordia is the best team out there and Alabama has had a very easy schedule in my opinion they should be number 5 or 6

  9. pb420 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:24 PM

    You were 18.5 point favorites and squeaked away with the win. Huge disappointment and it shows that you are vastly overrated, just like in 2006. Can you tell me the outcome of that again?

  10. phreakin says: Oct 21, 2012 6:34 PM

    NOt an OSU fan AT ALL, but no they shouldn’t have dropped down. Sure if Miller was still in the game then i’d agree. But losing not only your quarterback but the best player on the team is going to be cause for struggle on ANY team. They had a backup come in and not only tie the game, but win it as well.

    They definitely should not have been dropped, but at the same time they shouldn’t go up in the polls either.

  11. phreakin says: Oct 21, 2012 6:38 PM

    Not sure if I agree that Florida is the best team out there, but I do agree Alabama’s schedule hasn’t exactly been rough so far. The two toughest teams they faced both didn’t have their starting quarterbacks, and the other 4 were not exactly top tier talent.

    With that said though, I still say Alabama is the best team in the country but Oregon definitely opened my eyes. They put up 43 points in 19 minutes against the 8th ranked defense in college football. And they could have made it a lot worse but Kelly called off the dogs early against ASU.

    I really hope we see an Oregon and Alabama championship game as that would be a great game. And if I had to guess, Chip Kelly won’t be at Oregon much longer. Rumor mill has him trying his best Spurrier impersonation and heading to the NFL. Only difference is Kelly has a shot to do well in the NFL as he’s done in college. If the Patriots staff is calling and asking you for tips on how to run a hurry up offense, then you’re doing something right.

  12. dcroz says: Oct 21, 2012 6:51 PM


    The two toughest teams Alabama has faced didn’t have their starting quarterbacks? Are you referring to Arkansas and Missouri, because those are the only two we’ve faced that had their backups starting? Seriously, you really think those two are tougher than Michigan, which is now 5-2 and whose only other loss besides ‘Bama was to a now-top-5 Notre Dame team by a touchdown on the road?

  13. phreakin says: Oct 21, 2012 6:51 PM

    Gee, I wonder who gave Florida that one vote. Maybe an ex Gator coach who just happened to get rolled this week by his old team?

  14. phreakin says: Oct 21, 2012 6:58 PM

    Yes, Missouri was and is a better team than Michigan. And this is coming from a Nebraska fan.

    Michigan has played 2 ranked teams and gotten beat by both. Their other games were against perennial powerhouses Air Force, UMass, Purdue, Illiois, and Michigan State. With the last being the only team relevant the last few years. Please don’t bring up Illinois.

    Missouri has played, at the time, 7th ranked Georgia, 7th ranked South Carolina, #1 Alabama. They also played ASU who has a solid team. We’ll throw out their FBS first game.

    Please don’t tell me how Michigan is a better team than Missouri. And i’m not even an SEC hater. I recognize game and the best teams in NCAAF. But to say Michigan is better than Missouri this year is a joke. You’re letting that Tide bias cloud your vision.

  15. phreakin says: Oct 21, 2012 7:08 PM

    dcroz: Here’s why you should be REALLY concerned about playing Oregon in the BCS game.

    Alabama has a ridiculously young defense. And up until now, nobody has really challenged them. They are lacking their dominant pass rusher they’ve normally had. Their backers aren’t as fast as they’ve been in years past, and they’re not going to be able to keep up with an Oregon hurry up. Again, this is all speculation as with anything, but I don’t think even Saban’s incredible game planning can “fix” the match up issues they’ll have with the Ducks.

    Don’t get me wrong, as I said before I still think Alabama is the number one team in the country but mainly because I don’t think you drop the defending champs until they’re beat.

  16. dcroz says: Oct 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    Yes, Missouri beat Arizona State…and did so without their starting QB, James Franklin. The same guy who beat the Sun Devils was the one starting against the Tide. And while Mizzou may have played a somewhat tougher schedule than Michigan, they have looked awful against their SEC competition. The fell apart against Georgia in the fourth quarter, got dominated by South Carolina, lost at home to Vanderbilt, and then got pummeled by ‘Bama in the rain. Missouri has had some really good teams the last decade, but this year’s edition ain’t one of them.

  17. stairwayto7 says: Oct 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    Penn Sate won 5 in a row, same record as WVU, Stanford and Texaz A&M…Just saying….

  18. kansas531 says: Oct 21, 2012 7:20 PM

    What I am trying to figure out is how LSU is still in the middle of the top 10. They just barely beat A&M, and got outplayed most of the game.
    Ohio State did exactly the same thing against Purdue and dropped 2 spots. LSU – riding on reputation. Does that mean if they beat Alabama they jump to #1? And, then, where should So. Carolina be ranked? 1+? It appears the SEC might do this year what the Big 12 has done for years, knock its ownself out of the BCS.

    I am waiting for 2014 when strength of schedule is a factor. SEC may not fare quite so well then, unless they upgrade their non-conference schedule, or boot all the automatic wins out of the conference.

  19. irishdodger says: Oct 21, 2012 7:23 PM


    Generally speaking you’re correct about the polls. Using that logic (which I agree with BTW) doesn’t always play out. Not sure if its happened in BCS era, but before that there have been times where two powers finished with one loss and both won their bowl game. Once the polls came out, the team that lost head to head actually received the unanimous National Championship vote.

  20. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 21, 2012 8:08 PM

    phreakin says: Oct 21, 2012 6:51 PM

    Gee, I wonder who gave Florida that one vote. Maybe an ex Gator coach who just happened to get rolled this week by his old team?


    @ phreakin: Well, wonder no more (P.S. you can look these things up, by the way)

    Cleveland Plain Dealer and Ohio State beat writer Doug Lesmerises, who put Florida in the top spot.

    And, Doug goes on to explain his logic here, agree or disagree:

  21. iownyou2 says: Oct 21, 2012 8:38 PM

    kjt929 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:11 PM

    Flordia is the best team out there and Alabama has had a very easy schedule in my opinion they should be number 5 or 6
    Give me a break. Bama has rolled their entire schedule minus say Ole Miss. Florida just pushed all their cupcake games to the end of their schedule so you will you be saying they had an easy schedule after Louisana-lafayette and Jacksonville state?? And i wouldnt say their effort against Bowling green, tx a&m, and Vandy were exactly blowouts. It doesnt matter where you put these non conference games. Everyone plays them and it all depends on how bad you maul these teams.

  22. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 21, 2012 8:47 PM


    While there is no denying that Florida’s schedule is soft at the end minus FSU, it is NOT Florida’s fault. It was the SEC and their new schedule this year. Florida goes back to having its cupcakes at the start next year, so maybe they will be facing some of those questions.

  23. rtfox says: Oct 21, 2012 8:52 PM

    Neauxgeaux44, what part of the swamp is ur doublewide parked in? And I’m not talking about ur wife.

  24. tommy57 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:50 PM


    If PSU beats OSU this coming weekend, they’ll be a legitimite top 25 team. The 0-2 start and questionable kicking game hurt.

  25. rskuggs says: Oct 21, 2012 11:17 PM

    How is West Virginia STILL in the Top 25?

  26. oregonstatesports says: Oct 22, 2012 12:27 AM

    The computer poll is the only one they should be using no favoritism no human error based on strength of conference and schedules!

  27. greggatx says: Oct 22, 2012 12:57 AM

    Alabama will lose to either Miss St. or LSU this next week or two, maybe both games. I hope the next LSU/Alabama game is not another boring 12-9 game. K St. has a great all round team, baring injuries they will be in the Championship game.

  28. saintcasey says: Oct 22, 2012 2:42 AM

    How in the hell is West Virginia still ranked!?!? They have been monkey stomped for 2 weeks in a row!!!! Wow!!!!

  29. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 22, 2012 12:34 PM

    Ya’ll are crazy! IMO UF’s resume TO THIS POINT is better than Bama’s.

    UF Wins
    #6 LSU
    #17 S. Car
    #22 A&M

    Bama Wins
    #20 Michigan

    That said, I feel like Bama is the best team in the country, but to say the UF doesn’t have a legitamate argument is asinine.

    Bama will have its chance to win those bigger games, LSU, A&M, Miss St., but RIGHT NOW, not really arguable that UF doesn’t have the better resume.

  30. dkhhuey says: Oct 22, 2012 2:20 PM

    I can’t remember or not – did Notre Dame rise or fall after barely beating a shitty Purdue team by 3?

  31. dcole001 says: Oct 22, 2012 9:02 PM

    So let me get this Straight. You beat a Rival 44 – 13 and complete dominate them on the road and lose votes? Florida has less than 200 Yards of total offense. That doesn’t sound like a team that should be ranked #1 in the country. Also comparing the score of common opponent you can see the real difference. Bama can’t help there schedule all they can do is go out and beat the crap out them which they have done every week. Florida can’t say that..

  32. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 23, 2012 11:15 AM

    As a diehard Gator fan, Im not convinced we’re the best team in the country. We’re good, real good….but until we win the SEC we’re nobody. As we saw last year, these polls are going to line up however they’re going to line up but the media is going to annoint whomever they want in the title game, even if it means a rematch that no one but the team who got beat wants to see. At the end of the day, the consumer’s opinion (yours and mine) doesnt matter a hill of beans. My guys need to win 1 game at a time and this week’s is another huge one. Winning takes care of everything, even flawed opinons. Play up hill Gators, play up hill and dont read your own press clippings. #grind

  33. Deb says: Oct 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    Courtesy of saintcasey, “monkey stomped” is my new favorite expression.

  34. Deb says: Oct 23, 2012 3:33 PM

    @tlmoon2112 …

    This time I disagree with you because you’re not giving your Gators enough credit. I wouldn’t say you’re nobody until and unless you win the SEC Championship. Clearly, Muschamp has the Gators back on track. Whether or not you win the SEC Championship this season, obviously this already team is somebody. The Meyer era is over and this is again a team to be reckoned with.

    But, yes, I agree with you on not counting chickens until they’re hatched. I feel exactly the same about Alabama. Anyone can win on any given Saturday and no team should get caught up in their press clippings.

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