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Ducks drop to sixth in AP poll

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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.

AP Week 11 Poll

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7 Responses to “Ducks drop to sixth in AP poll”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Nov 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    The AP poll is bush league.

  2. gquesen says: Nov 10, 2013 3:35 PM

    It’s just so pointless. They should release these polls after the 7th or 8th week of the season. That would make more sense.

  3. Deb says: Nov 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    My only complaint with the top 10 is ranking Clemson ahead of Mizzou–though I understand the reasoning behind it. The Ducks’ late-game rally saved them from dropping further. At this point, though, the AP poll is relevant only for how it factors into the BCS rankings.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 10, 2013 4:16 PM

    FSU should get more 1st place votes, but I will not take anything away from Alabama, it’s them and us and a HUGE drop off from there.

  5. normtide says: Nov 10, 2013 8:55 PM

    The AP poll plays no factor in the BCS rankings. But, I find them more accurate then the coaches poll, especially before the bowls start.

  6. Deb says: Nov 10, 2013 9:20 PM

    @normtide …

    Oops. Thought they were factored into the BCS rankings. Nevermind 😉

  7. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Nov 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    Wow I’m shocked that Michigan doesn’t have any votes this week even though they’re a terrible team who has lost their last two games.
    The national sports media’s obsession with and bias towards Michigan is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. How they were even still in the top 25 after losing to Penn State and almost losing to AKRON is far beyond me.

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