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Status quo for Top Five of AP poll

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For the second consecutive week, very few upsets has led to very few changes in the Associated Press‘ weekly poll.

In its release following Week 3 of the 2013 season, the media opted to keep the Top Five the way it was after Week 2: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Stanford.

There was movement when it came to first-place votes, however, as the Tide picked up two from a week ago and now carry 59 of the 60.  Those two votes came at the expense of Texas A&M and Clemson.  The other first-place vote went to the Ducks.

The Tide picking up support came at the expense of the Aggies, which dropped four spots to No. 10 following their home loss to the two-time defending BCS champions.

LSU took advantage of A&M’s slide, moving up two spots to No. 6.  Louisville (No. 7) and Georgia (No. 9) stayed in place from a week ago, while Florida State climbed one to No. 8 to round out the Top 10.

Matching the Aggies’ slide was Michigan, and that came after a win.  Thanks to the Wolverines’ close escape against woeful Akron in the Big House, AP voters pushed UM from No. 11 after a Week 2 win over Notre Dame to No. 15.  Ole Miss (No. 21) and UCLA (No. 13) moved up four and three spots, respectively, on the strength of non-conference road wins.

Nebraska, which coughed up an 18-point lead in Lincoln to the Bruins, tumbled completely out of the polls.  Fellow Big Ten member Wisconsin stayed inside the Top 25 despite its bizarre loss to Arizona State, moving down to No. 25 from No. 21.  The Sun Devils moved into the Top 25 (No. 23), as did Texas Tech (No. 25).

Interestingly, there are six teams in the current Top 25 with one loss, and four of them come from the SEC (Georgia, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Florida).  Three of those one-loss SEC teams are ranked in the Top 12.  The other two ranked teams with a loss are Wisconsin and Notre Dame.

Below is the complete AP Top 25 poll for Week 3 of the 2013 season:

AP Week Three Poll 2013

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31 Responses to “Status quo for Top Five of AP poll”
  1. udub says: Sep 15, 2013 12:58 PM

    Obviously, first place votes don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but from the respect factor how can Oregon only have 1 vote after the beatings they’ve laid on Virgina and Tennessee?

    They’ve put up over 180 points without a turnover. They’ve certainly been better than their 3 opponents, and not thinking they should have jumped over Bama, but come on only one voter thinks they have the possibility of being #1??

  2. thegonz13 says: Sep 15, 2013 1:13 PM

    Sadly, my Ducks are the Rodney Dangerfield of college football… they can’t get no respect!

  3. dcroz says: Sep 15, 2013 1:55 PM

    udub: “Obviously, first place votes don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but from the respect factor how can Oregon only have 1 vote after the beatings they’ve laid on Virgina and Tennessee?”

    Because they laid those beatings to Virginia and Tennessee, two teams no one is going to mistake for Top 50 teams, let alone Top 25. It’s not Oregon’s fault that these two BCS conference schools are currently mired in protracted downswings, but those are the breaks. Don’t worry; the Ducks are going to get their chance to show what they really are all about when they get Stanford and Washington later in the year.

  4. imaduffer says: Sep 15, 2013 2:09 PM

    Well, the game of the century is next week. That’s when Alabama puts up a hundred points on Colorado State.

  5. dhardy8207 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:38 PM

    “Sadly, my Ducks are the Rodney Dangerfield of college football… they can’t get no respect!”

    But they have the most amazing uniforms… Not sure who is responsible for picking them but I always have to take a peek and see what they’re wearing…

    IMO, the Ducks loss to Auburn in 2010 has somehow tainted them with voters of if they can win a BCS championship. Their offense was considered superior that year but yet they fell short..

  6. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 15, 2013 3:06 PM

    It’s a sad day to have reality kick you in the face. Baylor and Fresno are ranked higher than the Longhorns… Sad friggin day in Austin… That being said, I would rather live in Austin have my horns, music and weather (excluding August & September) than any of the top twenty schools, especially College Station!

  7. Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 3:13 PM

    I don’t think it has anything to do with disrespecting the Ducks. Bama’s the reigning champ, having won three of the last four titles, and just solidified its position by beating a strong A&M team in a hard-fought game at College Station. Meanwhile, Oregon hasn’t yet played a significant opponent. It’s not unusual for the top-ranked team to claim most or all of the votes. We’re a long way from deciding who contends for the championship.

    But a shout-out to Dabo for hitting #3. Congrats!

  8. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 15, 2013 3:14 PM

    I’d like to make a semi-retraction. There are some cool cities in the top 25: Palo Alto, Westwood, Scottsdale, Miami, Seattle and the ATL. But I still will stay firm on College Station!

  9. Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 3:14 PM

    (P.S. To JT … I don’t say this often, but GO BROWNS!!!!)

  10. Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 4:20 PM

    @pgilbert2013 …

    No rule says you have to live in the same town as your team. I’ve Rolled with the Tide from the other side of the world. I’d rather have our 15 championships and live where I please :)

  11. onlyoneleft says: Sep 15, 2013 5:14 PM

    These southern writers given Oregon little respect even though they stomp the crap out of one of their teams.

  12. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 15, 2013 5:14 PM

    Ducks – your #2. Win out and you play for the title.
    Quit whining. You were bumped from #3 to #2 after beating that power house Nicholls State.

  13. normtide says: Sep 15, 2013 5:37 PM

    The ducks are ranked #2, and jumped an undefeated preseason #2. You can’t play the no respect card anymore. They are considered national Contenders every year. If they win out, they are in the title game. It’s on them to take what’s theirs. It’s the undefeated teams ranked #3 and back that have the right to bring up a lack of respect.

  14. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 15, 2013 5:56 PM

    Deb good point… Just a little cranky today.
    :-)

  15. mrtreyseven says: Sep 15, 2013 6:02 PM

    can anyone tell me why Oregon keeps picking from the bottom of BCS conferences Tennessee hasn’t been relevant since 3 years before Fulmer was the head coach, and Virginia hasn’t been relevant for 2 or 3 now….they picked LSU 2 years ago and got blasted in the season opener, seems to me they are picking from mid to low level opponents so they can say they beat an SEC or ACC school and it show in the poll…..why not play Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, LSU again, because you can’t blast those teams like that and they will likely lose because those teams are way more physical would out muscle them along the line and ultimately ruin their BCS hopes blame Oregon scheduling process not the BCS if they can play LSU a few years back I’m sure they could schedule another top tier team

  16. imaduffer says: Sep 15, 2013 6:55 PM

    @mrtreyseven,

    Great question. But first please explain to me about who Alabama plays. You know they schedule these games three or four years out.

  17. clostrom says: Sep 15, 2013 7:13 PM

    treyseven,
    you must be new to this whole college football thing or maybe your just dim, but these teams are booked years in advance and a lot of things change in the meantime. Also, none of those teams you mention want to play Oregon unless they have to, in fact Georgia (the panzies) pulled out of a home and home series with the Ducks a couple of years back.
    It’s astounding that you could post such a comment without realizing that the very thing that you accuse of Oregon, the SEC teams have been doing for years.

  18. Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 8:41 PM

    imaduffer …

    All the FBS contenders have comparable schedules. They all play their required conference games. Virtually all of them play at least one FCS opponent. Most schedule one difficult OOC opponent–as Alabama tries to do. Since, as you pointed out, they schedule these games a few years in advance, it’s not always easy to gauge how competitive that opponent will be by the time the two teams meet.

    How challenging the schedule turns out depends to a large degree on how challenging the conference is. As a member of the SEC West, Alabama has played its share of challenging opponents in the last few years, especially compared with the B1G and the Pac 12.

  19. Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 8:42 PM

    @pgilbert2013 …

    No problem. I hear Austin is a great town ;)

  20. pricecube says: Sep 16, 2013 12:06 AM

    pgilbert2013 wrote:

    I’d like to make a semi-retraction. There are some cool cities in the top 25: Palo Alto, Westwood, Scottsdale, Miami, Seattle and the ATL. But I still will stay firm on College Station!

    _____________________________________

    You need to make another retraction. Georgia is in Athens, Ga (not the ATL) and Arizona State is in Tempe not Scottsdale.

    Maybe you need to get out of Austin more often.

  21. Pac12Ute says: Sep 16, 2013 3:52 AM

    @ Deb

    ” They all play their required conference games.” Technically what you say is true, but some conferences choose to play more teams from within their conferences than others, therefore running a higher risk of accruing a loss playing against at least one additional quality opponent. I have to hand it to the SEC for keeping the conference games to a minimum… it is truly an intelligent business move and helps half of the teams from within the conference avoid a guaranteed loss against their conference foes as well as having the effect of raising the overall conference win total, thereby placing more teams in revenue generating bowl games, more exposure, and more attention.

    Seriously, why haven’t ALL of the other conference caught on to this idea and forced an FBS provision requiring a set amount of regular season conference games, regardless of the conference they reside in? By carrying over teams with fewer losses into the next season, the SEC always has more teams in the preseason top 25 and those teams seem to be given a higher ranking. Because of this, when two “ranked” conference foes play each other, the losing team’s drop in the polls is lessened because they’re losing to another “ranked” team. This is a brilliant move on the part of the SEC and I find no fault with them for figuring out the best business move possible for their teams. My only disappointment lies with the other conferences (including my PAC-12) for mistakenly believing that strength of schedule was more important than win totals during the BCS era.

    Well played SEC… well played indeed.

  22. longtallsam says: Sep 16, 2013 3:59 AM

    pricecube says:
    You need to make another retraction. Georgia is in Athens, Ga (not the ATL) and Arizona State is in Tempe not Scottsdale.

    Thank goodness for that. I would much rather be in Athens than Atlanta!

  23. pricecube says: Sep 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    @longtallsam

    Agreed. Athens is great.

    I cannot stand the traffic in Atlanta.

  24. sssjim7 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    Oregon has a new coach, so a lot of people are kinda watching them to see if they will remain a top team or fade away…

    Also, winning championships is cool, but it is an unrealistic goal for most teams and fans. Don’t be the dweeb that says only the top 25 games matter.

    For some small schools, getting a chance to play the big state school once every 10-15 yrs is HUGE. For most of the schools, having a winning record and possibly playing for a conference championship is THE goal…

    For nearly all parents – watching their kid play on a 0-9 team matters. Such is life.

    No games are meaningless… they all mean something to those involved…

    Sometimes people forget that…

    ~Jim

  25. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:25 PM

    Boy I’m all messed up… I should retract myself for a one week suspension.

  26. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:28 PM

    Before I take a self imposed suspension, can we all agree that College Station is the arm pit of the greater Houston area?

    Throw me a bone….

  27. normtide says: Sep 16, 2013 7:31 PM

    I have some close friends who visited college station for the game. They raved about the place. They were treated with great hospitality. They had nothing but good things to say about the entire trip.

  28. pricecube says: Sep 16, 2013 8:21 PM

    @pgilbert2013

    No worries man.

    I have fond memories of 6th street and Austin.

    My memories of College Station are fuzzy but I do remember getting screamed at by the “corp turds” for walking on the grass outside their student center. It was not a pleasant experience. I had no idea it was a memorial of some sort and it was not clearly posted at the time. I understand that has been rectified though.

  29. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 10:19 AM

    College Station is not a place to live long term… It is a quintessential college town with not much else than the university.

    Austin is the capital of Texas and a really great city.

    I’ve been to games in Austin at DKR and I’ve obvioulsy been to tons of games at Kyle Field. Of course I’m biased but I don’t think the gameday experience is even close. The tailgating in College Station is OUTSTANDING. When the students section goes into the Aggie Warhymn and starts swaying, it’s a sight to see.

  30. geodude11 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:40 PM

    The AP took themselves out of the championship process (BCS), who cares what happens in that old poll.

  31. artisan3m says: Sep 22, 2013 10:37 PM

    “Baylor and Fresno are ranked higher than the Longhorns… Sad friggin day in Austin…”

    pgilbert2013 may have a case about Baylor. After all, the Bears’ starters have yet to play a second half. Wonder what the score will be after Briles takes the muzzle off? The first two games were admittedly ‘laughers’ but ULM was no powder puff program and that game was well decided 7 minutes into the first quarter. But I’m a T-Sip at heart and the Horns looked much improved in just a week.

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