Posted September 15, 2013

AP Poll: Alabama stays at No. 1, Texas A&M and Michigan drop after Week 3

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AJ McCarron's four touchdown passes led Alabama over Texas A&M and kept them atop the AP Top 25. (Eric Gay/AP)

AJ McCarron’s four touchdown passes led Alabama over Texas A&M and kept them atop the AP Top 25. (Eric Gay/AP)

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

How do you feel about the latest rankings? Let us know in the comments.

81 comments
Blinker
Blinker

All I can say is the "Targeting" penalty has to go.  Saw it called twice this last weekend and both times the player was NOT thrown out of the game.  The replay also showed both times that the hit made was legal but the 15 yard penalty was still enforced as it is not reviewable.  What a waste of time.  These calls are a bunch of crap!!!!!!

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Not to worry...

Only one more season of this before the playoff system. Unless, of course, they manage to screw THAT up too...

Blinker
Blinker

Now I know why there were so many neb fans that were upset at the preseason rankings and how the huskers were not getting any respect.  They are a top ten team for sure.

VanVandewalker
VanVandewalker

Joseph, Michigan may not deserve their #15 ranking, but they will not lose their last five games. Granted, this is a very young team with an inexperienced quarterback, but it oozes talent and potential. They just need time. My guess is that Michigan wins at least 2 and perhaps three of it's final five, with Ohio State being one of their victims.

K-Jun
K-Jun

SEC needs to make a level playing field. Alabama has way too easy a schedule as they have enjoyed for the past 5 years. They have neither Georgia or Florida on their schedule. Also, they do not have the likes of South Carolina. Time for the SEC to make Alabama earn their way . With those easy schedules they turn out the likes of a Mark Ingram for a Heisman but when he gets to the pro level he cannot get out of his own way. Doubt he is rushing for a 2 yard average with the Saints. Be glad when they get rid of him. 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

This just shows you the fallacy of human polls.  They make ZERO sense - instead of just looking at teams and ranking them based on raw eye-tests and numbers, voters feel the need to lower or raise teams as "punishment" or "reward" for their performance

Example:  Texas A&M loses to the almost undisputed #1 team by 1 score in a thrilling game, and somehow is DROPPED 4 slots?  How does that make sense?  So the #6 team barely loses to #1, so they must be drooped - because, uh, we have to "punish" them for losing. 

There are many other similar instances - but this one is just so glaring, that it puts on display just how incompetent and baseless these polls really are

deacon93
deacon93

Bo Pelini had better find a real estate agent. Husker Nation won't tolerate an unranked Nebraska team.

Matthew Cush
Matthew Cush

Not sure what Stanford is doing up there at no.5. Can anyone explain that one to me?

steve4nj
steve4nj

Alabama could lose 4 games and would still get ranked #1

j7apple
j7apple

Is there any reason Arizona State doesnt have a   /Pac-12 refs after their name?  lol

entprof
entprof

Why in the hell are there 3 1 loss SEC teams in the top 12? Talk about bias in voting - what a load of crappola. A&M maybe, but South Carolina and Georgia complete BS.

mashley278
mashley278

@K-Jun So Alabama plays Florida next year and has played them 5 times recently, USC 6 times, and UGA in 08. What is your response to that? Also there is a perennial top 5 team in their DIVISION. Does Oregon get that?  Pro level? So Julio Jones is not doing well is he? Do you even watch football?

Ted3
Ted3

@K-Jun The Saints could't run block if their lives depended on it. Sproles fits the system much better than Ingram does since he's basically just another WR. I don't even know why they wasted a pick on Ingram when they could have used it on a defensive player instead. Honestly, I'm more surprised Bush wasn't more effective in NO than he was while he was there.

BamaRolls
BamaRolls

@K-Jun HA!

Have your favorite team play LSU, A&M, Arky, and open the Season with a huge Non-Conference game every year.  Arky is only 2 years and one stupid coach away from back to back 10 win, top 10 seasons.  We have also played UGA, FL, SC in this 5 year run.  Not to mention Clemson, Mich, VA Tech (when they were top 10) to start the season.  

The SEC schedule rotates.  Look at UGA and SC.  Last two years, SC complained UGA had the easy route to the SEC Championship, now SC does.

Its a cyclical thing.  Stop whining and play the games you have and win them

tctxguy
tctxguy

@AaronDunckel You are absolutely correct, sir. The Tide rolled, but didn't exactly STEAMroll, which is what it should have taken for A&M to drop so far. If anything, comparing the Aggies' performance in this game to those of Bama's other opponents, A&M should have gone UP a notch or two, not down.

BamaRolls
BamaRolls

@AaronDunckel The final score was close but only because A&M scored with 1 minute (+/- a few seconds) left.

The game was out of hand and Bama put it on cruise control.

Blinker
Blinker

@AaronDunckel 

 I agree.  a+m should be ranked in the top 5.  With no other good teams on their schedule (besides LSU) they should be in contention for the national championship.  : )  Wait....  have they already played Sam Houston State??????

BamaRolls
BamaRolls

@Matthew Cush 

Have to pump up the PAC-12 so that when Oregon loses (as they usually do somewhere along the line) there will still be a PAC-12 team in the conversation.  They are likely the only team in the conference that can slow Oregon down.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Matthew Cush again, this is pure subjective ranking - and nothing has happened with Stanford that makes people think they should be lower


JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@steve4nj You are probably correct.  But it would take four seasons to accumulate those losses.

wtfields1103
wtfields1103

@steve4nj     It's been quite a while since Bama has lost 4 games.    In the last 10 years, I do not recall them being ranked higher than they DESERVE.   

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@steve4nj Im no Bama fan - but until someone beats them, they've got that locked down in my book

Bkopec12
Bkopec12

@j7apple Sometimes the bear gets you and then sometimes you get lucky and bag the bear!


BamaRolls
BamaRolls

@entprof 

3 reasons:

1.  Stupid pre-season rankings - who knows what a team is going to be before they play?

2. The losses are to top 10 teams

3. There is no one deserving a higher ranking after week 3

wtfields1103
wtfields1103

@entprof 
   Which teams not in the Top 12 SHOULD be ranked above of any of the 1-loss SEC teams?   And why?   

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?

@entprof Because UGA lost by 3 points to a top 10 team and then followed that up with an 11 point victory against another top 10 team.  Your move.

AllisGrace
AllisGrace

@pandah462 You been on the quiet side since last week. S'matter you not feelin' well? With you searching for relevance in life, you need to continue posting at a higher frequency than this.

K-Jun
K-Jun

@wtfields1103 @steve4nj They just play a way too easy SEC schedule. Easiest one in their division and no change ever made to balance things our. 

entprof
entprof

@? @entprof Oh and South Carolina has beaten the mighty (snicker) Tar Heels and The Commodores. 20-25 at best.

entprof
entprof

@? @entprof Please they lost to Clemson and beat a mediocre South Carolina. With a loss they should be ranked 15th at best.

mashley278
mashley278

@K-Jun @wtfields1103 @steve4nj "easiest one in their division"? Really? You DO realize 3 different schools have won the BCS title from the SEC WEST right? Name ANY division in the country with that. Please do. And their OOC? Penn State, VT, FSU, Clemson...and plenty more. Not to mention rotating schedules against UF, UGA, and USC? 

BamaRolls
BamaRolls

@K-Jun 

And that does not include the SEC or National Championship games - Just the regular season

BamaRolls
BamaRolls

@K-Jun

The schedule rotates - check the schedule for the past 6 years.  Have played UGA 2x, SC 2x, UF at least once, LSU 6x, T A&M 2 times.

Stop whining and win the games you play

BamaRolls
BamaRolls

@AaronDunckel @choowhow1080 @entprof 

EXACTLY RIGHT AaronDunckel.  I am a Bama fan and I don't care about the the other championships at all.  If Bama didn't win then I'm certainly not celebrating a win by LSU, Florida, or and Most Especially Auburn.  As a matter of fact, I rooted against LSU, FL, and AU in the NC games they won.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@entprof You yell about the pollsters and the guesses that they make about the ranking of the teams.  And they are only guesses.   Then you make some guesses of your own and try to pass them off as fact.  You are nothing but a pollster without a poll in which to vote.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@entprof @AaronDunckel @choowhow1080  This is true... the reality is that you have to judge the games on a game by game basis.

People keep acting like the SEC is a team - its not - its made of of many teams some have been successful and some less so - but the league as a whole isn't one entity

entprof
entprof

@AaronDunckel @choowhow1080 @entprof Pac12 has had only 1 shot and it was close. The fact is that because of the bias a 1 loss or 2 loss SEC team gets a shot where a 1 or 2 loss Pac12, B10 or ACC team does not.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@choowhow1080 @entprof  the BCS era is short in the grand scheme... and  the sport is cyclical 

Alabama, Florida, and LSU (Auburn for 1 year) - are the only teams of the past 10 years that can say anything - the rest of the SEC hasn't won a championship 


The SEC doesn't win championships - teams do, and a few teams that happened to be from the SEC have been successful lately... the rest?  They have to earn it


South Carolina BARELY escaped Michigan in the bowl game, yet they are considered an elite team going into the year, while Michigan started low - there IS an SEC bias in the rankings, but until another school from another part of the country wins a title - it will persist because Polls are done by humans

choowhow1080
choowhow1080

@entprof

When was the last time an SEC team lost in the national championship game? 

Trick question. An SEC team has never lost the title game during the BCS era. 


The closest equivalent you have to go back almost 20 years to 1995 when the #1 Nebraska Cornhuskers beat  the #2 Florida Gators in the Fiesta Bowl to win the National Title.


Soo again. Why do we still bother ranking teams from other conferences?

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@Matthew Cush @entprof @MatthewEugeneHaag @? And Auburn ended last year how?  Oh right crappily.  They will probably be ranked by the end of the season but due to how bad they were last season they started really low.  Gotta work their way back up.  Lets think and remember that everyone starts somewhere in the rankings.  Its harder to climb than to fall.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@entprof @MatthewEugeneHaag @? You are right it is.  However the rankings need to START somewhere.  South Carolina has ONE loss to a high ranked UGA team.  UGA has ONE loss to the now 3 ranked team in the nation.  The preseason rankings are partially based on a perfomance from last year.  The reason South Carolina is up there is they started the season so high.  Until they loose to an unranked team....you're going to have to deal with it.  


choowhow1080
choowhow1080

@entprof  can you answer for me which league has won the last SEVEN consecutive national championships? Are you really still asking why three one loss SEC teams are still ranked in the top ten? I am trying to figure out why they even bother ranking teams from other conferences. They should just save everyone the time and only rank SEC teams. Then let them play in the SEC title game, and the winner is the national champion. That would save everyones time watching ESPN try to build up why another team is going to challenge the SEC champion only to end up watching another SEC blowout

brcutts
brcutts

@entprof you, sir, are delusional. If your theory holds true then why in the world is UCLA ranked so high after beating Nevada and a perenially disappointing  Nebraska team? Michigan almost lost to AKRON yesterday, Oklahoma beat a struggling WVU by 9 and looked pathetic doing it. You think Miami would beat South Carolina because??? They've beaten Florida and FAU. Washington has beaten Boise and Illinois. Woopty frickin do. Baylor and Ole Miss could both beat South Carolina and i wouldn't bat an eye, but I can't see any of the others staying within two td's. With the exception of Texas Tech. They could win the Big 12

brcutts
brcutts

@Matthew Cush @entprof @MatthewEugeneHaag Auburn should be ranked 23-25 but not instead of or ahead of South Carolina. No idea how Notre Dame is still ranked... If we're talking about a bias, that's the biggest bias in college football from year to year. 

entprof
entprof

@MatthewEugeneHaag @entprof @? Matthew - it's not 2012 its 2013. There have been 3 weeks of football and South Carolina has lost to the only decent team they've played. Georgia is getting credit for beating South Carolina because they were over ranked to begin with - there is a circular illogic - SEC teams are great because they beat other over ranked SEC teams. Complete and utter BS - South Carolina would lose to UCLA, Oklahoma, Washington, Miami and a half dozen others ranked below them.


MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@entprof @? Ent heres the issue.  You're basing the polls on who they've played this season as though last season never happened.  If it were a CLEAN slate you're probably right.  South Carolina was ranked high due to how they finished LAST season and the expectations of THIS season.  Clemson has yet to loose and wether or not this remains the case the fact is right now they are Number 3 in the nation.  So a close lose by UGA to Clemson doesn't have a huge drop.  Then UGA beats South Carolina.  Not a huge drop for South Carolina.  In terms of who they have played and beaten this year South Carolina doesn't deserve a top 25 status however based on who they have LEFT to play and how they played those opponents LAST year they had a high ranking.  It would be odd for them to drop all the way out.  While they may do that as of THIS week there really isn't a bias.  Oh and I should point out I HATE the SEC cause I do think theres a bias.  In this case though, I think you may be wrong.