Posted September 08, 2013

AP Poll: Michigan, Miami rising; Texas, USC falling after eventful Week 2

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Al Golden

After beating Florida, Miami is ranked in the AP Poll for the first time since 2010. (Miami Herald/MCT/Getty Images)

The latest version of the AP Poll was released on Sunday morning, and there was very little movement at the top. Alabama held at No. 1 with 57 first-place votes, Oregon stayed at No. 2 after whipping Virginia 59-10 and Clemson and Ohio State flipped spots after the Tigers routed South Carolina State 52-13.

The most notable fallers were Texas and USC, which both fell out of the poll entirely after disappointing defeats. The previously No. 15 Longhorns gave up an astonishing 550 rushing yards in a 40-21 loss to BYU, while the formerly No. 25 Trojans tallied a meager 54 passing yards in a 10-7 loss to Washington State.

The entire AP Poll is below (first-place votes inside parentheses):

1) Alabama (57)
2) Oregon (1)
3) Clemson (1)
4) Ohio State (1)
5) Stanford
6) Texas A&M
7) Louisville
8) LSU
9) Georgia
10) Florida State
11) Michigan
12) Oklahoma State
13) South Carolina
14) Oklahoma
15) Miami
16) UCLA
17) Northwestern
18) Florida
19) Washington
20) Wisconsin
21) Notre Dame
22) Baylor
23) Nebraska
24) TCU
25) Ole Miss

Three quick notes:

• Miami, which vaulted from unranked last week to No. 15 this week following its 21-16 upset of Florida, has a spot in the AP Poll for the first time since 2010. The ‘Canes have a seemingly manageable slate over the next few weeks — they have a bye before playing Savannah State and South Florida — and could be poised to make a push for the top 10.

• Washington, which didn’t play this week after taking down Boise State in Week 1, moved up one spot to No. 19. This is the first time in 10 years the Huskies have been ranked in the AP Poll in consecutive weeks.

• Baylor, which climbed one spot to No. 22, could be on the verge of ascending significantly higher. The Bears have outscored their first two opponents 139-16 and don’t play a ranked foe until No. 14 Oklahoma on Nov. 7.

Which teams are ranked too high? Too low? Let us know in the comments.

45 comments
Aggie81
Aggie81

The secret is out that the University of Texas will go after Coach Saban of Alabama once they rid themselves of Coach Brown.  

I did predict hat Texas would loose 4 games this season; however, I did not predict them losing to BYU.   But, I never saw them going after Saban either.   I don't know if Saban would leave Bama, but I know that they won't be able to match $$$  with Texas in a contract war.

If Texas looses to Ole Miss this weekend, expect it to be Mac Brown's last game.


AllisGrace
AllisGrace

I'm going to keep saying this until someone convinces me otherwise. In 2011 and 2012 bama loses at home and falls 2 spots and 4 spots. Yet Georgia fell 6 spots for losing on the other teams field to a team ranked 3 spots below them. This week South Carolina falls 7 spots for losing on the other teams field to a team ranked 5 spots below them. bama loses to a team ranked 14 spots below them on their own field last year and only dropped 4 spots. I contend that the voters favor bama in order to keep them in position for a spot in the BCSNG.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

Why/how do we keep getting the same teams (ND, TX, USC, OSU, OU, etc) hyped and over-ranked year after year, until they blunder their way down? Better to not have any polls at all until at least week 6-7. They just make it look like its all rigged or incompetent. More of a popularity contest than performance-based.

SouthJack
SouthJack

Can't wait till this Saturday when Alabama gives Johnny "CASH" and the whole Thug "U" A&M nation a BIG attitude adjustment! The only thing that 's bigger than their mouth, is the A** STOMPING that Ole' Johnny & the Gaggie nation is going to get this weekend!

6marK6
6marK6

BCS title games are not earned, they are created by the schedule makers. Ohio State might be slipping now, but once they get into conference play they will move back up. Then, at the end of the year, they will be undefeated and be guaranteed a BCS title game against a one loss SEC team. Sorry, but that is the way the world works.

Southeast_Of_Disorder
Southeast_Of_Disorder

Let's go ahead and call it, Kiffin and Brown are done. One has no offense, the other no defense. Combine the BEST parts of USC and Texas, and you still get a mediocre team. 

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

UT does less with more resources than any program in America.  Ohio State is a close second.

kafka45
kafka45

Can we please get Nebraska OUT of this poll?   They would lose to all of the other teams listed.   I guess after this weeks UCLA game it won't make any difference anyway.   And I live in Lincoln, NE

RobSmith2
RobSmith2

Ohio State Fans.. Want to know why your team is sliding down the poll.. I'll help Nicholls State.. Youngstown State.. Toledo.. Ohio University.. Northern Illinois.. San Diego State.. Scheduling Cincinatti isn't a big deal.. Bowling Green.. Akron.. Kent State.. Troy.. New Mexico State.. Marshall.. They played Miami.. but really (we both know Miami was no good a few years back) Eastern Michigan.. UAB.. UCF.. Navy.. Those Are The Majority Of OSU Non-Con Games Since 2005.. You got smacked twice by USC in that span were crunched in a couple of NC games.. We see you but no one believes in you

Blinker
Blinker

How about a+m ranked #1 by one of the coaches????  We'll see.

RandyGivogue
RandyGivogue

Who ranked Ohio state first, seriously.....?

JayAllanby
JayAllanby

Miami is not a good team. Neither is Florida. They will both lose several more games this season.

RipsNordic
RipsNordic

Bye Bye Ohio State, you will only keep falling if you don't put up 60 against these BS schools.

Ray1950
Ray1950

Miami being rewarded with a possible Top 10 ranking if they beat Savannah State and South Florida?  

2001mark
2001mark

'Michigan & Miami rising, USC & Texas falling'... music to all of our ears!!


PeggyCozadJones
PeggyCozadJones

I watch and tailgates at the OU game. Really they went up and Nebraska went down. You people are crazy.

PaulDavidson1
PaulDavidson1

Baylor is absolutely ranked too high.  No ranked opponents until November and then, only one.  It's nice to pad your schedule, and more Div I teams are doing it all the time, including running up the score against Div 2 teams.

eddie767
eddie767

I'm not one to say someone should lose their job,but it is time for Texas to ease/move Brown from the HC position. Once his coordinators left,it showed he isn't a good coach or recruiter. He can't get the top recruits from Texas,since they would rather be where the former OC/DC's are HC's are now.

Cool
Cool

Nebraska gives up a gazzillion yards last week and barely beat Wyoming. This week they give up a lot less yards and trounce their opponent and they move down in the polls, while 4 teams with a loss are above them.  Oh wait, one is ND and the other three are SEC teams... they all have to have at least 4 losses before consideration of being dropped out of the top 25.

clu
clu

@Chessmaster Agreed about the polls.  If we're basing anything on BCS calculations, there is no need for polls before the BCS starts using them.  The answer is, of course, money.  It's bad for business to have small conference teams at 6-0 being polled high because they hammered decent opponents when the big market teams played cupcakes and went 5-1 with an early conference loss.

clu
clu

@kafka45 Get back to us after the Big Ten title game when we're eyeing either A&M or Miami for a national title game.  Old Big 12 opponent would be cool, but revenge against Cheater U would be better.  (And there is no chance of Martinez winning a Heisman this time around...)

MarkBlackford
MarkBlackford

@RobSmith2 Hey Rob, They dropped 42 yesterday WITH THEIR BACK UP QB. You won't see A&M, Michigan, Alabama, Clemson or ANYONE else -excepting maybe Oregon do that. Gimme a break. 

James C
James C

@RandyGivogue Why shouldn't they get consideration as a #1 team? They are undefeated at 2-0, both easy wins over teams clearly not at the same level. They are riding at least a 14 game winning streak, after being undefeated in 2012. I see no reason they should not be contending for a top ranking in the country (I am a Michigan fan, so that isn't easy for me to say). 

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

@JayAllanby Correct, Miami jumps from nowhere to #15??? PUL-LEASE! AP voters are incapable of voting on current on-field performance, instead insisting on the same tired old big-name schools they grew up with. Bad enough they keep bunching SEC teams into the top 10... now 3 of those have already lost, but didn't fall far. This system is as close to rigged as they can get away with.

RobSmith2
RobSmith2

@PaulDavidson1 Ohio State Schedules Low Level FBS Schools And FCS Shools Every Year.. And I Believe They Had SMU Scheduled But June Jones Backed Out.. Buffalo And Wofford Are FBS Schools Also.. You Should Really Learn Some CFB

RobSmith2
RobSmith2

@PaulDavidson1 Ohio State schedules cupcakes every year.. they just never look good against them.. they played the exact same Buffalo team

James C
James C

@PaulDavidson1 Get a clue what Division 2 is please. As a graduate of an NCAA Division II school nothing pisses me off more then seeing clueless idiots like yourself who don't know what you are talking about. The last an FBS school (top level) played a Division II schools was roughly 1997  when California-Davis played at Idaho, a 44-14 Idaho win. Prior to that you would need to go back into the 1980's for a IA team to play a division II team. 

LeoGarcia
LeoGarcia

@PaulDavidson1 Both Buffalo and Wofford are Division 1 teams, not Division 2.  Buffalo lost to Ohio State by 40-20.  Baylor just beat them by 57 points. And Baylor was supposed to play SMU, but they backed out last spring, so Baylor had to scramble to find an opponent to replace them.

Ray12
Ray12

@Cool But you gotta keep in mind that South Carolina beat North Carolina and has the Heisman Trophy frontrunner Jadaveon Clowney, so losing to a 1-1 Georgia team just means they're even better, because, you know, science and stuff.  Plus Notre Dame beat Temple already, so that put them on the inside track to the title game.  Also, Nebraska should be one spot lower because Ole Miss is inexcusably ranked below them, despite beating Vandy.  Right now the SEC is crushing every other conference in head-to-head competition, so should probably just have the top 14 spots.

mashley278
mashley278

@6marK6 @SteveRowFla Going undefeated and basing their success off of barely beating UM at home...at team that Alabama destroyed by the first quarter on a neutral site.

RobSmith2
RobSmith2

@MarkBlackford @RobSmith2 what's your point.. is it that Kenny Guiton is better than Braxton Miller? Or that San Diego State is another Ohio State scheduled creampuff? Either one of those distinctions would be correct.. name because that doesn't AT ALL say that he would do that against those aforementioned teams.. San Diego State has NEVER finished a season in the Top 25 lol.. GOH

mashley278
mashley278

@James C @RandyGivogue You are basing 2013 off 2012's performance? Ok. I'll tell you: The barely beat Cal, they only beat UAB by 14 points, they beat MSU by ONE point, they had to go to OT with Purdue and Wisconsin, and they barely beat UM at home by 5 points (at team that the BCSNC destroyed inside one quarter on neutral ground).

RobSmith2
RobSmith2

well I'll say this.. Ohio State looked shaky against Buffalo.. and what did not help them was how Baylor DRILLED Buffalo.. their winning streak doesn't factor into voting especially with the stigma that Ohio State schedules cupcakes annually for their non conference.. Michigan looks like it will definitely factor in the Big Ten as will Wisconsin and Northwestern.. I don't envision them climbing ahead of any of those teams they're ahead of.. but it will also be process of elimination with cross matches.. but they just are not that good..


jthewelderguy
jthewelderguy

@RobSmith2 @PaulDavidson1 Actually, Ohio State had Vanderbilt scheduled for this year, but Vandy backed out. Ohio State asks Notre Dame to play every year, and are rebuffed, of course. Between 2005 and 2011, Ohio State played Texas twice, USC twice, and Miami (FLA) twice. Next year, Cincinnati and Virgina Tech are on the Schedule. In following years, a home and home with Oklahoma.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@Ray12 @Cool Hold your SEC horses Ray12.  The SEC just got beat by an ACC team in Miami.  Honestly speaking there are 5 really great SEC teams in TAMU, Bama, LSU, Georgia, and SC.  Then theres a drop and you have Florida.  Then you have basically the rest of the SEC.  Be honest the Bottom feeders in the SEC can get whupped by anyone right now.  Out of the top 5 really you have TAMU, Bama, and LSU as title shot contenders.  In fact poll wise look at the top 5.  SEC=1 ACC=1 Big 10=1 and PAC 12=2.  Hell overall you have 7 and the big 10 is two behind at 5!  As to H2H Not as much.  Especially in Marquee games.  Aformentioned Miami beating Florida.

Cool
Cool

@Ray12 @Cool Clowney has certainly given us  all good reason to believe that he will be a Heisman winner and number one NFL draft pick.  So far he has been so dominating that you find him on the sidelines gasping in awe of his own greatness. Two more losses and the resurrection of a dead girlfriend should put ND in the NC game against Alabama again.