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Seminoles a unanimous No. 1 in coaches’ poll

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It took 15 weeks worth of games and 16 polls, but there’s finally some unanimity among coaches as to who is the best team in the country in 2013.

In the penultimate USA Today coaches’ poll released Sunday afternoon, Florida State, the only remaining undefeated team at the FBS level, was ranked No. 1 on all 62 of the ballots cast by the coaches involved in this year’s poll.  The Seminoles claimed 58 first-place votes last week, Ohio State four.

With a loss that snapped its winning streak at 24 straight, the Buckeyes dropped four to No. 6.  That’s OSU’s lowest showing of the 2013 season, which began with the Buckeyes ranked No. 2 in both the coaches’ and Associated Press‘ polls behind No. 1 Alabama.  The Tide moved up to No. 3 from No. 4 thanks to the Buckeyes’ loss.

As expected, one-loss Auburn, which claimed its first SEC title since 2010 Saturday a week after its stunning last-second win over season-long No. 1 ‘Bama, slid into both the No. 2 slot and an unofficial spot in the BCS championship game.  Missouri, which came into the SEC title game No. 5, exited at No. 9.

After handing the Buckeyes its first loss since the 2011 postseason, Michigan State jumped four spots to No. 4.  That tied for the second-biggest upward climb of the week along with Texas A&M (No. 25 to No. 21).  Oklahoma, coming off a road win over Oklahoma State that could very well put it in a BCS bowl, jumped from No. 15 to No. 10.  The Cowboys fell seven to No. 13 after the loss, the biggest tumble of the weekend.

The rest of the Top Ten consists of Baylor (No. 5, from No. 7), Stanford (No. 7, from No. 10) and South Carolina (No. 8, from No. 7).

Since an Oct. 18 win over then-unbeaten Louisville, UCF — whose only loss this season was to the Gamecocks — has been consistently ranked behind the Cardinals in the coaches’ Top 25 despite the head-to-head win and both carrying just a single loss.  Magically, the Knights leapfrogged the Cardinals in the final poll of the regular season.  Better late than never on the accountability front, I guess.

Georgia (No. 24) and Miami (No. 25) are the only new entrants after Week 15, replacing No. 23 Cincinnati and No. 24 Texas.

Of course, the SEC led all conferences with seven teams in the Top 25, with the ACC and Pac-12 next with four apiece.  The Big Ten and Big 12 each had three teams represented.

Coaches' Poll Week 15

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35 Responses to “Seminoles a unanimous No. 1 in coaches’ poll”
  1. ddjesus says: Dec 8, 2013 1:11 PM

    I’m seeing the old top 25 for some reason.

  2. raysfan1 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:16 PM


  3. John Taylor says: Dec 8, 2013 1:18 PM

    I haven’t the faintest idea to what you two are referring. It looks fine to me. :-)

    Thanks for the heads up, fellas.

  4. 13datsyuk13 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:21 PM

    It’s still not fixed.

  5. John Taylor says: Dec 8, 2013 1:22 PM

    Yes, it is.

  6. 13datsyuk13 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:48 PM

    Yes it is

  7. thefiesty1 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:58 PM

    Good for Baylor. Top 5, amazing!

  8. Deb says: Dec 8, 2013 2:12 PM

    Moving up to #3 while idle. Thanks again, Michigan State!!!

    Beats the heck out of last week :)

    Roll Tide!

  9. 1990tiger says: Dec 8, 2013 2:23 PM

    Never expected to see my Tigers at #2 this season. Way to go Spartans! Now I just hope we can finish the season with a win in the NCG.

  10. erockfox says: Dec 8, 2013 2:38 PM

    Its disgusting that Georgia and Texas A&M are both in the top 25 with four losses each. This is the exact reason why preseason polls are the downfall of the BCS and the reason for the SEC bloating of the top 25. Rank Duke in the top 10 of the season and they woukd have ended top 5. Michigan State misses out on a shot at the title game because the media and coaches(assistants) are always so inclined to put 8-10 SEC teams in the top 25. Also the fact that it takes 3-4 losses for th media to drop an SEC team from the polls is just sad. How long did it take for them to drop UF from the polls? Outside of LSU and Bama, what are the other 12 teams going to do about their strength of schedule? Is Florida going to continue playing only OOC teams at home? Will they ever take on a team outside of Florida from an AQ conference?

  11. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:41 PM

    So much for all of the concern about having 4 undefeated teams we had a few weeks ago…

  12. fsu01 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    It almost always plays out. I have to admit did not see Auburn making this game at the start. I do not know what their rank was at the beginning of the season, but can imagine it was lower than 11. Just goes to show you about the strength of preseason polls. FSU was number 11 and I imagine Auburn was even lower than that, yet that is the title game we are given. Promises to be good. Would like to see FSU, but will not lose sleep over a loss. Glad that Coach Fisher has FSU back, and I imagine that those of you Tiger fans out there are also glad to have Coach Malzahn having you all back (even if your little hiccup was much shorter than ours).

  13. totallysirius says: Dec 8, 2013 3:26 PM

    Michigan State should be #2

    That would make for an excellent NCG.

    Florida State hasn’t played against a tough defense all season.

    It would also create a much better Rose Bowl, OSU/Stanford.

    And a Baylor/Auburn or Alabama/Baylor game would be excellent also.

  14. classyjacklambert says: Dec 8, 2013 4:14 PM

    I wish I was as high as you must be now, at any point in my life.

  15. gfj7000 says: Dec 8, 2013 4:56 PM

    Not sure where this Coaches poll came from – USA poll is even worse. Ugh! How could Alabama be bumped up to #3 when they didn’t play? Why is Stanford at #7 (top 2 loss team-ahead of 5 others), and USA ranked #5 – ahead of (2) 1 loss teams; some favorite set of voters on the West coast. Oregon bumped up 2 spots in one poll while in the other poll leaves them the same. It’s truly a joke that both polls ‘boot’ Missouri to #9, when in fact they were an even match to Auburn til 5 minutes to go in the game – they outscored Alabama by 14 points with Auburn – a Totally WRONG RANKING. Maybe the BCS will report more accurate stats tonight.

  16. Deb says: Dec 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    @gfj7000 …

    When dealing with a Bama hater like you, it’s really pointless trying to explain how the rankings work. But it’s not how you win, it’s how you lose. Your argument that Missouri was an even match with Auburn until five minutes to go–as though that makes Mizzou a better team than Alabama–is, pardon the expression, perfectly idiotic given that Alabama was tied with Auburn until time ran out and lost on a fluke play. :roll:

    I believe the rankings are all “accurate,” Darlin’, whether or not you happen to like them.

  17. irishdodger says: Dec 8, 2013 6:03 PM

    I can’t believe there’s two teams with four losses in the poll. What a joke.

  18. keltictim says: Dec 8, 2013 6:27 PM

    You cannot deny SEC teams play tougher schedules than other conferences. The SEC is the premier conference at the moment, has been for a few years. So yes a 4 loss SEC team is still a better team than a one loss acc team. Do you really think the Seminoles could beat auburn or USC or bama? Until proven otherwise on the field that’s just the way it is. It will change it always does, denying it doesn’t make you right it just makes you foolish.

  19. Deb says: Dec 8, 2013 6:30 PM

    @classyjacklambert …

    As a Potterhead, I’m assuming Sirius’s wacky posts reflect his long years of torture at the hands of dementors in Azkaban prison.

    But he could just be a radio nut.

  20. mnolefan1999 says: Dec 8, 2013 7:57 PM

    “You cannot deny SEC teams play tougher schedules than other conferences. The SEC is the premier conference at the moment, has been for a few years. So yes a 4 loss SEC team is still a better team than a one loss acc team. Do you really think the Seminoles could beat auburn or USC or bama? Until proven otherwise on the field that’s just the way it is. It will change it always does, denying it doesn’t make you right it just makes you foolish.”

    What a dumbass thing to say. We’ve won 3 of 4 versus Florida and beat South Carolina recently.

  21. hittfamily says: Dec 8, 2013 8:01 PM

    How is UCF behind LSU? Their only loss was by 3 to the #8 team in the country?

  22. hittfamily says: Dec 8, 2013 8:03 PM

    The Noles did play Alabama recently. They whooped em. On neutral ground. While Saban was there too.

  23. Deb says: Dec 8, 2013 9:32 PM

    @hittfamily …

    Oh my gosh, could you be a bigger moron??

    The Seminoles last played Alabama in 2007, during Saban’s first season, when he was using Shula’s recruits and still hamstrung by sanctions levied before he got there. And they “whooped ’em” by one TD.

    Baby, act like you’ve been there before.

  24. realfootballfan says: Dec 8, 2013 11:26 PM


    Funny thing is that they beat two of those teams on your list, even when they were down. They beat Alabama during Saban’s 1st year I think and South Carolina was destroyed in a bowl game with a backup QB mind you starting. Auburn’s next. It’s so fun to point out when some of you people talk out of your asses and haven’t a clue.

  25. Deb says: Dec 8, 2013 11:49 PM

    @realfootballfan …

    Usually your posts demonstrate a little common sense. Talking out of your ass is trying to pretend beating Alabama by a touchdown in 2007 would mean you could beat them this year. You’ve made it to the title game, and congrats on that. You’ve earned it. But stop trying to conclude that means this FSU team could beat this year’s Alabama team … or last year’s … or the 2011 or 2009 champs. That’s something we’ll never know.

    Be content with what you’ve earned on the field. If you can beat Auburn, be grateful. Stop being jackasses and claiming it means you’ve beaten Alabama in 2013 because you beat them SIX years ago before Saban built this team.

  26. realfootballfan says: Dec 9, 2013 12:22 AM


    I stated when they played them, during his first year. The other guy was talking out of his ass about FSU doesn’t play SEC teams when we do and beat them usually when we do, whatever the circumstances may have been. Also, we were pretty down ourselves at that time as that was right in the middle of what us FSU fans refer to affectionately as the lost decade, so Alabama’s bare cupboard wasn’t any more more bare than ours. Drew Weatherford was still the QB back then for god sake, lol.

  27. realfootballfan says: Dec 9, 2013 12:32 AM

    Also, I never transferred that win 7 years ago to today’s Alabama team. I was looking forward to playing Alabama because they’ve clearly been the best in college football the past 5 years. Just telling that cat to get his facts straight.

  28. bs12ga says: Dec 9, 2013 2:36 AM

    Auburn all the way, we will see what people think of Auburn after the NCG.

  29. justalonewolf says: Dec 9, 2013 7:02 AM

    @Deb: We are all just so glad and thrilled to death that YOU sweetheart are so very happy with the way things are!

  30. packerbadger says: Dec 9, 2013 8:01 AM

    Michigan State got screwed!! CLEARLY the second best team in country. $ECheat whined and cried and bribed their way into the game. MSU would destroy Auburn with their BEST defense in the country. I hope FSU puts up 70 on the way over rated $EC!!! Go Sparty!!

  31. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 11:03 AM

    @realfootballfan …

    Ohhhhh … nevermind 😉

    Seriously, though, sorry I misunderstood your post. Was wondering what happened to you there.

    Disappointed it couldn’t be an Alabama/FSU title game. But, of course, that’s on us.

  32. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    @justalonewolf …

    Why, thank you, Sugar!! 😎

  33. onlyoneleft says: Dec 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    Who gives a hoot abound Alabama. They are not
    playing for the National Championship

  34. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    Gee, onlyoneleft, you’d think only Alabama fans would care about Alabama and where the Tide is ranked. But apparently our team is still on the minds of people talking about how they beat us six years ago as though that has any current relevance. Mystery to me.

  35. onlyoneleft says: Dec 10, 2013 11:42 AM

    No one cares about Alabama. Heck, they got beat by Awbarn.

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