Oregon’s first loss of the season, as expected, proved to be costly, albeit not as costly as it could’ve been due to its vanquisher’s standing.
The Associated Press released its poll following Week 11’s action Sunday, with the media placing the Ducks at No. 6. Oregon had been at No. 2 since Week 3 of the 2013 season.
Alabama is, of course, still No. 1 and carries 56 of the 59 first-place votes (one AP voter is on furlough and didn’t vote this week). Florida State matched its Week 10 BCS standing by sliding into the No. 2 hole and garnering the remaining three first-place votes.
Ohio State is No. 3, just seven points ahead of No. Baylor; last week, the Buckeyes were 70 points to the good of the Bears. Stanford moved up one spot to No. 5, a mere 31 behind No. 4 and 38 behind No. 3.
Auburn (No. 7), Clemson (No. 8) and Missouri (No. 9) all held steady from a week ago, while Texas A&M climbed to No. 10 to complete the Top 10. The Aggies rise came at the expense of LSU, which dropped eight positions to No. 18 after its loss to Alabama.
Two of the three biggest risers serve as good news for the Buckeyes. No. 17 Wisconsin (OSU beat them earlier this year) and No. 14 Michigan State (potential Big Ten title game opponent) each moved up four spots from a week ago, as did No. 15 UCF. While the AP poll is not part of the BCS process, it serves as a reliable barometer for how the Harris poll , which is one-third of the BCS formula, will shake out later on today.
No. 12 Oklahoma State and No 13 UCLA each climbed three spots, while No. 11 South Carolina, No. 20 Northern Illinois and No. 21 Arizona State are each up two.
Texas (No. 23) and Georgia (No. 25) are back in the Top 25, replacing No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 25 Texas Tech.
A pair of teams from the SEC — LSU and Georgia — are the only three-loss teams in the rankings.