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Miami, Tech tumble, but few other big changes in coaches’ poll

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After a Week 10 slate of games that was short on drama and long on yawns, not much change was expected when the latest polls were released Sunday.

As expected, the, um, expected has indeed happened, at least as far as the coaches are concerned.

Coming off its first loss of the season Saturday, Miami tumbled eight spots to No. 14 in the USA Today coaches’ poll.  Texas Tech, which suffered its second loss of the season yesterday, also dropped eight spots but remains inside the Top 25 at No. 23.

With five of the Top-10 teams from last week’s poll on a bye weekend, and with just Miami’s loss in that group, there was very little change in this week’s version of the Top Ten.  The Top Five teams remained unchanged from a week ago: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Baylor.

While there was no change position-wise in the Top Five, there was a shift in first-place vote allocation and the closing of a couple of gaps (slightly) when it comes to points.

Last week, Alabama (56) and Oregon (6) were the only teams receiving first-place votes.  Coming off its win over then-No. 6 Miami, Florida State picked up three first-place votes, with two coming at the expense of the Tide (54) and one from the Ducks (two).

The Seminoles are also now within 39 points of the Ducks, closing the points gap from 1,483-1,419 last week to 1,475-1,436 this week.  The Tide, meanwhile, gained on the second-place Ducks ever so slightly, with the point distance between the two going from 59 after Week 9 to 65 following Week 10.

The No. 5 Bears, despite being idle and OSU’s own impressive win, saw its deficit to the No. 4 Buckeyes drop from 82 last week to 70 this week.

The remainder of the Top Ten all moved up exactly one spot from a week ago: No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Missouri and No. 10 Auburn.

LSU at No. 12 is the highest-ranked two-loss team in this week’s poll, up a spot from a week ago.  The biggest upward climber of the week is Michigan State, which jumped five spots to No. 19.

Outside of Miami, Texas Tech and Michigan State, no other team moved up or down more than one spot.  Two teams held steady from a week ago (unbeaten Northern Illinois at No. 19, two-loss Notre Dame at No. 25), while Arizona State at No. 24 was the lone new face.  The Sun Devils replaced then-No. 21 Michigan.

Coaches' Poll Week 10

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8 Responses to “Miami, Tech tumble, but few other big changes in coaches’ poll”
  1. varnbo says: Nov 3, 2013 12:30 PM

    Full disclosure: I am a huge Buckeye fan.

    I know Ohio State’s schedule is weak, but anyone who has watched them the last 2 weeks knows the offense looks awesome and the defense is playing better, of course in my opinion the defense still isn’t up to standards.

    How, I might ask, does Baylor make up ground on the bucks despite a 56-0 destruction of Purdue? I know it was Purdue, but come on, how do you loose ground to a team that didn’t play?

    One more year of this BS, and a 4 team playoff will pretty much eliminate this sort of crap.

  2. chachooga says: Nov 3, 2013 1:01 PM

    How does FSU not jump Oregon? Beat #5 Clemson & #7 Miami….and handily.

    Oregon has beaten nobody that isn’t gonna end the season with 2,3 or 4 losses. Stanford (who LOST to UTAH) is held way up in the polls only for the sake of Oregon. It really is a joke.

    And as it goes I will just have to wait until the end of the season….and bowl season when the ACC once again has the best record and most teams in.

    Without preseason rankings, the Noles would be ranked #1 and there is zero doubt about that. Bama is playing awesome, but has not played anyone. Oregon has played some good teams but not two Top10 teams.

    @varnbo

    the 4 team playoff is only going to make the screaming worse! Does undefeated NIU get in the playoff?!?!?! It is gonna be a joke.

  3. erockfox says: Nov 3, 2013 1:36 PM

    the sickening part is Georgia being ranked at #27. they beat a BAD UF team. they have 3 losses. are they getting points because they finally gave up less than 40points for once?

  4. redsoxchamp11 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:45 PM

    NCAA needs to rework their entire system and they know it. there should be four superconferences of 16-20 teams and a playoff system. no more cupcake weeks against FCS schoola. the bottom 3 in each conference are subject to being removed of there are replacement teams in a lower division that show they deserve to be up with the big boys.

    The problem is NCAA has pretty much privatized everything because of the TV deals. so large scale re-alignment for the betterment of the product being presented will never happen now.

    who is to blame for this?

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:09 PM

    These rankings are fishy. You bury Miami for losing to what might be the best team in the country, and is ranked so in a couple of spots? You don’t drop 7 spots by losing to a Top 3 team. Dubious.

    Baylor is better than Ohio State, IMO.

    Oregon leaps FSU by beating a vastly overrated UCLA team, but FSU DOESN’T leap Oregon after beating a team that is better than any team that Oregon will face before bowl season?

    Makes perfect sense.

  6. longborer69 says: Nov 3, 2013 3:21 PM

    Miami didn’t get buried for losing to FSU. They got buried because they barely escaped the last three weeks so everyone thought they might not be that good, and then because they got crushed (not just losing, but crushed), so now everyone who doubted has good reason to drop them way down.

    If they can win out to the ACC championship, they’ll regain credibility and move back up. Just like Stanford has done after their loss. It’s the way polls work.

    Baylor might be better than Ohio State, but they’ve not played anyone as good as Wisconsin yet. I’m not even sure they’ve played anyone as good as Iowa or Northwestern. If they put the same kind of pasting on OK that they’ve put on most teams, they might just pass Ohio State. If they win out by blowing out the reasonably good teams on their schedule, they should pass Ohio State.

    Oregon didn’t leap FSU by beating UCLA, they were ahead of FSU in the polls before they beat them. FSU very properly narrowed the gap.

    In fact, I think FSU deserves to be ranked #1 right now, because they’ve done the most. Credit to them.

    But Washington and UCLA are very possibly just as good as Miami. Miami is a joke. Clemson is FSU’s quality win. Stanford is far better than Miami, might be as good as Clemson, though we’ll probably never get to find out.

    If Oregon wins out, everyone but the most blind homer FSU fan will know Oregon has played a much tougher overall schedule. And if they do win out, the computers will rank Oregon #1, and the human voters will rank them #2, and perhaps even closer to #1 Alabama than to #3 FSU. That’s just the way it is.

    Yeah, it’s partly because of preseason rankings. And that’s too bad, because it shouldn’t be that way. Because if it weren’t for preseason rankings, it would be FSU #1 and Oregon #2, and they’d trade places after Oregon beats Stanford, and then they’d settle it in Pasadena. But Alabama is getting legacy votes, and will keep getting enough to knock out a team that is more deserving, unless one of the top three loses. Because this year, FSU and Oregon, if they win out, will have done more than Bama has to earn a spot in the title game.

    That’s just the way it is. And it is the way it will be until someone goes to the title game and beats Bama, I suspect.

  7. teamperkins11 says: Nov 3, 2013 8:36 PM

    If Alabama makes it to the NC game it will not be because of their legacy, it will be because they beat BCS #12 LSU, BCS#1o Auburn, and either BCS #8 Missouri or #13 South Carolina in 3 of the last 4 weeks of the season.

    I think the best two teams in the country are FSU and Bama. The UCLA game proved something to me and that is that with the right athletes Oregon’s offense can be checked. UCLA did that, but did not have the depth to sustain it. Bama and FSU both have athleticism and depth and that is why I would give them the edge over Oregon.

    On an interesting side note. We could possibly have two battles of undefeateds in the Rose Bowl this year. The Rose Bowl game with Oregon vs Ohio State and the NC game with Alabama vs FSU. Add in a potential third bowl game of unbeaten teams if Baylor were to match up with either Northern Illinois or Fresno State.

    I wonder if that has ever happened before. Three bowl games with undefeated teams battling.

  8. longborer69 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:51 AM

    Bama hasn’t actually beat any of those teams yet. And if they do, those teams won’t be rated as highly as they are now.

    Oregon can brag about beating Washington and UCLA, they had pretty good ratings until Oregon played them. Then, they didn’t.

    FSU can brag about beating Clemson and Miami. They had really good ratings until FSU played them. Then, they weren’t rated so highly.

    Neither Bama nor Oregon has the resume FSU has so far. If it weren’t for legacy voting, FSU would be #1 at this point in the season.

    Oregon beat UCLA. Bama beat A&M. UCLA has a very good defense, a one dimensional offense. A&M has an explosive offense and a pathetic defense. It would be hard to make the case that either is better than the other. UCLA has a better resume, though. Bama won by 7, Oregon by 28.

    So far, Oregon has a better resume than Bama. Based on what has been done so far this year, it should be FSU, then Oregon, then Bama.

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