AP Poll: Alabama stays at No. 1, Texas A&M and Michigan drop after Week 3
After another week of hard-hitting college football action, the latest edition of the AP Poll was released on Sunday morning. Alabama captured 59 first-place votes following its 49-42 win at Texas A&M, while the Aggies (previously No. 6) fell to No. 10. A&M played well in the loss against the defending champs, so a minor drop was to be expected. Still, it’s good the voters kept coach Kevin Sumlin’s squad in the top 10.
Ole Miss (up to No. 21 from No. 24) was a big riser after an impressive performance at Texas, while Wisconsin dropped to No. 24 on the heels of a bizarre finish at Arizona State. Nebraska fell out of the Top 25 after a home lost to UCLA; the Bruins jumped up to No. 13. Michigan also slipped to No. 15 after a narrow victory over Akron — a result that was much closer than most people anticipated.
The full list is below, with first-place votes in parentheses:
1) Alabama (59)
2) Oregon (1)
4) Ohio State
8) Florida State
10) Texas A&M
11) Oklahoma State
12) South Carolina
21) Ole Miss
22) Notre Dame
23) Arizona State
25) Texas Tech
Three quick thoughts from the poll:
• The top of the rankings should hold as long as the frontrunners keep winning. ‘Bama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford have played at the highest level through the first three weeks. The Cardinal face a tough test on Saturday, though; they host No. 23 Arizona State in Palo Alto.
• UCLA proved it was for real after an emotional win on the road against Nebraska. The Bruins fell behind early, but stormed back behind to a potent offense led by quarterback Brett Hundley. This team is a bit of a sleeper in a deep Pac-12 in 2013.
• LSU is on the fringe of the top five for now, but the Tigers looked dominant again in a win over Kent State on Saturday. The Tigers’ offense is clicking, and their defense still has plenty of room to grow. Coach Les Miles has made a habit of reloading after losing talent, and this year seems to be no different. Fans will know more about LSU after games against Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss and, of course, the Nov. 9 showdown with rival Alabama.
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