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Duke crashes coaches’ poll for first time since 1994

David Cutcliffe AP

Thanks to just one upset of a ranked team this weekend, there was very little change throughout most of the USA Today Top 25.  There was though, one rather remarkable addition to the coaches’ poll.

Duke, which unbelievably controls its own destiny in the ACC Coastal with just two games remaining in the regular season, entered the Top 25 after Week 12 at No. 24.  It’s the first time the 8-2 Blue Devils have been ranked by the coaches since the final release of the 1994 season, which was also the last time Duke won eight games in a year.

With just one win in any of what will be at least three more games (regular season/ACC championship/bowl), the Blue Devils would reach a win total not seen by the football program since 1938.  The Blue Devils have never finished a season with double-digit wins, another feat that’s well within the realm of possibility.

With all of the Top Four teams winning, those positions remain unchanged: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Baylor.  The Tide lost two first-place votes to the Seminoles, with the former now standing with 58 and the latter with four.

While there was no positional changes amongst that group, there was some movement.  The Buckeyes are now 18 points ahead of the Bears in a poll that actually matters when it comes to the BCS, down from 25 points ahead of BU a week ago.

Stanford, the lone ranked upset of the weekend, fell from No. 5 all the way down to No. 12.  Oregon, which lost to Stanford two Thursdays ago, and Auburn climbed two spots each to No. 5 and No. 7, respectively.  The Ducks leapfrogged No. 6 Clemson while the Tigers jumped over Missouri, both of whom kept the same ranking from a week earlier.

Oklahoma State (No. 9), Texas A&M (No. 10) and South Carolina (No. 11) all edged up one thanks to the Cardinal’s loss.

Much to the delight of Ohio State and its BCS chances, Michigan State continued a rather meteoric rise, relatively speaking, up the poll.  The Spartans, the Buckeyes’ likely opposition in the Big Ten championship game if neither has an unexpected hiccup, were at No. 24 in the coaches’ poll three weeks ago; No. 19 in the first November poll; and No. 16 last week.  After Week 12, MSU has climbed three more spots and are now at No. 13.

Along with Duke, USC, at No. 25 after upending Stanford, is the only new entry this week.  No. 23 Miami and No. 24 Texas tumbled out of the Top 25.

Coaches' Poll Week 12

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18 Responses to “Duke crashes coaches’ poll for first time since 1994”
  1. grudenthediva says: Nov 17, 2013 1:35 PM

    The higher MSU rises, the deeper Urban will have to look to try and smear one of their top players too.

  2. Deb says: Nov 17, 2013 1:48 PM

    Congrats to Duke!!

  3. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 2:23 PM

    And dukes probably right where they deserve to be. Congrats blue devils.

  4. 1ncrev says: Nov 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    Proud to be a BLUE DEVIL!

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 17, 2013 2:45 PM

    It was the Dukes. It was the Dukes.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Nov 17, 2013 3:16 PM

    Congrats Dukies! Coach K better get it in gear before Cuttcliff takes over the athletic department there.

  7. mrlitl says: Nov 17, 2013 3:36 PM


    I see what u did there. #classicmovie

  8. normtide says: Nov 17, 2013 3:44 PM

    UCF is underrated.

  9. longborer69 says: Nov 17, 2013 5:08 PM

    I thought UCF was underrated last week. When you try as hard to lose to one of the worst teams in CFB (Temple) as they did, it makes me wonder if they are overrated.

  10. sssjim7 says: Nov 17, 2013 5:11 PM

    The coaches’ poll baffles me… I could see Alabama picking up 14 1st place votes from the SEC… but it seems like FSU would have at minimum 14 1st place votes from the ACC schools ( I know Clemson should be voting them #1)… Ohio State should be picking up 12 1st place votes from the B1G… and Baylor should be getting 10 from the Big 12…

    … of course, that is way too many votes already… but who gets to vote and who doesn’t?

    … AND all the coaches’ votes need to be public… don’t be down voting someone in the closet… stand up and defend your vote…

    … just my .02

  11. John Taylor says: Nov 17, 2013 5:42 PM

    sssjim7: go to the bottom of this link right HERE and you can view all of the coaches who are voting in this year’s USA Today poll.

  12. sssjim7 says: Nov 17, 2013 5:57 PM

    @ John – thanks! :)

  13. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 6:42 PM

    Hey John,
    What determines which coaches get to vote in the coaches poll?

  14. John Taylor says: Nov 17, 2013 7:06 PM

    @classyjacklambert: My understanding is that “invitations” are sent out and they go from there. How the USA Today/AFCA determine which 62 coaches actually get to vote — or which SIDs/football support staff/assistants actually get to vote — is 411 to which I’m not privy.

  15. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 7:13 PM

    Gee thanks Mr. Taylor!

  16. normtide says: Nov 17, 2013 8:55 PM

    I just prefer San Jose state doesn’t take away a BCS bowl spot from a better team. UW, OKST, Stanford, etc..

  17. longborer69 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:19 AM

    Norm, agreed (though I think you meant Fresno State). But UCF was a miracle catch away from losing to a horrible Temple team. Not sure they deserve a higher ranking right now.

    Win out, though, and at 11-1 they will be higher, probably high enough. Teams ahead of them will lose. It isn’t their ranking that matters. Either Fresno or NIU, probably NIU, will be in the top 12 if they both win out, and top 12 gets a BCS Buster in no matter where UCF is rated.

    Both the busters have relatively tough conference championships ahead. Both could still lose.

  18. tnorangerocket says: Nov 18, 2013 12:23 PM

    Congrats Coach Cutt! You deserve it. We still miss you in Knoxville.

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