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Tide back to unanimous No. 1 in both major polls

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One week ago, a lone writer who tossed Florida some poll love kept Alabama from being a unanimous No. 1 in both the Associated Press and coaches’ polls for the second straight week.

Thanks to the Gators’ loss, the Tide can again claim unanimity.

Earlier today, all 59 coaches voted the Tide No. 1.  All 60 media members have followed suit, placing the defending BcS champion at the top of the AP rankings for the ninth consecutive week.  Oregon is again No. 2, although the Ducks saw its lead over No. 3 — this week Kansas State — shrink from 44 points to 30.

Below the top two?  As it did for the coaches, change reigned.

There were just three teams — K-State, Notre Dame (No. 4) and LSU (No. 5) — that moved up one spot, while four more — Florida State (No. 9), Boise State (No. 19), Louisiana Tech (No. 22) and idle West Virginia (No. 23) — moved up two spots.  For 13 other teams, it was jumps up or down of three or more spots:

UP THREE
Ohio State (No. 6)

UP FOUR
Clemson (No. 10)
Louisville (No. 12)
Stanford (No. 15)

DOWN FOUR
Mississippi State (No. 17)

UP FIVE
Georgia (No. 7)

DOWN FIVE
Florida (8th)
Texas Tech (20th)

UP SIX+
South Carolina (up six to No. 11)
Texas A&M (up six No. 16)

DOWN 6+
Oregon State (down six to No. 13)
Oklahoma (down six to No. 14)
USC (down eight to No. 18)

Of course, there were also teams that left and came back into the rankings.  Following losses, Rutgers (No. 18), Michigan (No. 20) and Ohio (No. 23) dropped out, replaced by Nebraska (No 21), Arizona (No. 24) and UCLA (No. 25)

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7 Responses to “Tide back to unanimous No. 1 in both major polls”
  1. nepo784 says: Oct 28, 2012 2:23 PM

    No point in ranking OSU… They couldn’t handle any one of the top 10 ranked SEC teams #big fish in a small pond

  2. handsofsweed says: Oct 28, 2012 3:31 PM

    Sweet. Nobody givs a squirt of stale piss about your opinion. Clam up, Nepo.

  3. truefootballinsight says: Oct 28, 2012 3:50 PM

    Considering how bad they have played against horrible teams, OSU is not real. Miller would be shut down by a good defense a la Alabama, or LSU. Not to mention they’d get killed in a weekly grind with games like @LSU @UF, vs USC, vs UGA, vs aTm.

    ND has a good schedule, looked much stronger preseason, but they still have a good schedule compared to that of FSU, or Oregons first half. Alabama too has an easy schedule and it is shown in the computer rankings that they need to play better opponents. That being Said, ND, FSU, and Oregon would b multi loss teams in the SEC, go ask a Mizzou fan. The athletes they recruit there, are just spectacular. Such speed and strength, it’s unbelievable.

  4. kansas525 says: Oct 28, 2012 4:41 PM

    Let me get this straight – OU loses to a team ranked 3 spots higher than them and drops 6 spots (their 2 loses are to teams ranked in the top 5) and drop 6 spots. So. Carolina needs overtime to beat an unranked team and jumps 6 spots and is now ahead of OU in the standings. Does anyone else see a problem with this?
    PS – Strength of Schedule OU = #4; SCaro = #11

  5. brakengo says: Oct 28, 2012 6:29 PM

    Elementary my friend.

    LSU has a bye week and moves up a spot. You gotta love those voters.

    You could believe in ESPN and its voters vote how they vote to stay loyal to their conference or could believe that schedule strength has a lot of pull or you could believe that no matter the outcome somehow the BcS ranking will slot an SEC team in the top 2 or you could believe that the SEC is just that superior.

    Either way most of us know already how it’s going to pan out … head scratching how Mark Mays and Lou Holtz listed their top 5 on ESPN when #6 Oregon State’s game wasn’t over.

    At least we know how they will vote.

  6. bcs666 says: Oct 28, 2012 9:53 PM

    Has anybody else noticed that there are seven SEC teams listed in the top 25, and not one of them has beaten even one team outside of the SEC that is currently rated in the top 25.

    Each year they all play one meaningful non- conference game and three cupcakes and the pollsters seem to think that’s just fine.

  7. kozbee says: Oct 29, 2012 4:09 PM

    Bama vs Oregon,two best teams in college football..

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