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Buckeyes drop again in AP poll

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Entering the 2013 season as the No. 2 team in the Associated Press’ preseason poll, Ohio State dropped one spot to No. 3 following a lackluster Week 1 win over Buffalo.  After an impressive win in Week 2?  Lather, rinse, repeat.

The Buckeyes again fell one spot in the eyes of AP voters, moving down to No. 4.  OSU was replaced by Clemson, which gained one spot to settle in at No. 3.

Alabama (No. 1), Oregon (No. 2) and Stanford (No. 5) all held steady from a week ago.

Thanks to South Carolina’s loss to Georgia, Texas A&M (No. 6), Louisville (No. 7) and LSU (No. 8) each inched their way up a spot in the AP poll.  The Bulldogs’ win pushed UGA up two to No. 9, while Florida State rounds out the Top 10 at No. 10, the same spot the Seminoles held a week ago.

Miami easily was the biggest mover of the week, rocketing all the way from unranked — first team in the “Others Receiving Votes” category — to No. 15.  It’s Miami’s first appearance in the AP poll since November of 2010.  Michigan was also the beneficiary of a win over a ranked team, coming in at No. 11 after heading into the weekend No. 17.

Conversely, Florida, which lost to the Hurricanes, and Notre Dame, which lost to the Wolverines, tumbled six and seven spots, respectively.  The Gators now stand at No. 18, while the Irish are at No. 21.

Other than Miami, Ole Miss is the only other new team in the AP Top 25 (No. 25).  Those new additions came at the expense of Texas (No. 15) and USC (No. 25).

AP Top 25 Poll Week 2

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12 Responses to “Buckeyes drop again in AP poll”
  1. overratedgators says: Sep 8, 2013 2:39 PM

    Makes sense. Buckeyes haven’t faced any stiff competition yet. Meanwhile, Clemson has looked awesome in tough games. The Tigers may be the best threat to Alabama out there at the moment.

  2. mj1783 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:56 PM

    Yes, Clemson has looked awesome but I’d hardly say tough games in the plural form. SC State isn’t really the cream of the college football crop. OSU doesn’t help themselves with cupcakes early on. Luckily for them they’ll start to change that a bit moving forward.

  3. barkleyblows says: Sep 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    Oregon hasn’t faced anyone yet either.

    Buckeyes should get a crack at 3 top 20 teams this year… And possibly 4 if they face Michigan twice.

    Like the Heisman watch…. Polls are meaningless at this time.

  4. barkleyblows says: Sep 8, 2013 3:03 PM

    And yes I agree… They have not looked like a top 5 team yet.

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 8, 2013 3:13 PM

    Some reputable pollsters/ranking systems do not even rank college football teams for yet a few more weeks for the exact reasons the posters on story have indicated.

    I have heard it said by older lifelong college football fans that early season polls are popularity polls and I believe they have a great point.

  6. BrownsTown says: Sep 8, 2013 5:39 PM

    OK with Clemson leapfrogging OSU, but how does Oregon make the jump? They played a FCS opponent and Virginia, a BCS-in-name-only school.

  7. stairwayto7 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:29 PM

    3 teams with 1 loss in top 18? Oh wait its SEC, they can have a 3 loss team be ranked in top 15 at any time.

  8. madtownthrowdown says: Sep 8, 2013 6:59 PM

    How a team like Florida can look like a wounded animal that needs to e put out of its misery an stay ranked is beyond me. Popularity indeed.

  9. jdillydawg says: Sep 8, 2013 11:35 PM

    The AP poll is bizarre. Baylor moved up a spot after winning, going 2 and 0. That makes sense. But Washington also moved up a spot after…not playing!

    How do you actually move up if you don’t play? Could you win a championship if you cancelled your season? By AP methods, it seems to be possible!

  10. dkhhuey says: Sep 9, 2013 7:48 AM

    Meh – makes no difference to me right now. Just keep winning and let the polls take care of themselves. The only position that matters to me is where we end up!

  11. inhokewetrust says: Sep 9, 2013 3:49 PM

    When u turn around….there I am….
    Signed HOKE A MANIA….
    can u hear me coming

  12. dkhhuey says: Sep 9, 2013 6:28 PM

    You can always hear Flounding coming – you just have to listen for the sounds of a a handful of Doritos being eviscerated between fits of loud moaning

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