Posted September 29, 2013

AP Poll: Notre Dame falls out of Top 25; Alabama still No. 1 after Week 5 action

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Notre Dame falls out of Top 25

Notre Dame dropped out of the AP Poll after losing to Oklahoma on Saturday. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Coming off a loss in the BCS championship game and an undefeated regular season, Notre Dame dropped out of the AP Poll on Sunday after losing its second game of the year.

The Irish fell 35-21 at home to Oklahoma to bring their record to 3-2 through five games.

Meanwhile, the top five in the poll held their spots for the third consecutive week. Alabama took top honors once again, followed by Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford.

The full AP Poll:

1. Alabama (55)
2. Oregon (5)
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Stanford
6. Georgia
7. Louisville
8. Florida State
9. Texas A&M
10. LSU
11. Oklahoma
12. UCLA
13. South Carolina
14. Miami
15. Washington
16. Northwestern
17. Baylor
18. Florida
19. Michigan
20. Texas Tech
21. Oklahoma State
22. Arizona State
23. Fresno State
24. Ole Miss
25. Maryland

A few thoughts:

• Slowly but surely, more people are beginning to believe in Oregon — or perhaps fewer people are believing in Alabama. The Ducks claimed five first-place votes, one more than last week, as the Tide garnered 55 votes for the top spot. Oregon blasted Cal 55-16 on Saturday for its fourth lopsided win of the season. Alabama, meanwhile, took out Ole Miss 25-0 at home, and while the defense was particularly strong, the Tide’s offense took some time to get going against the Rebels. We’ve yet to see a truly dominant performance from the defending BCS champs.

• Georgia’s wild 44-41 win over LSU propelled the Bulldogs past the Tigers in the top 10. Though Georgia dropped its opener against Clemson, two victories over SEC opponents in September have the Bulldogs nearly as high as they were when they started the season at No. 5.

• South Carolina squeaked out a win against UCF on the road, and those struggles surfaced in the latest poll. Despite the win, the Gamecocks dropped one spot from No. 12 to No. 13.

• Maryland’s surprising surge continued as the Terps jumped into the Top 25 at No. 25 after a bye week. Coach Randy Edsall’s group is off to a 4-0 start.

16 comments
glenn_galloway
glenn_galloway

The 5 that did not vote for Bama:  What are they on?

StevePerry
StevePerry

Can anyone explain how multiple one loss teams are in the top 10?

Matthew Cush
Matthew Cush

Why is Ole Miss still ranked? Instead of Northern Illinois, for example? Can anyone tell me that?

johngaltwho
johngaltwho

The only circumstances under which Arizona State warrants a top 25 ranking is during non-conference games with PAC12 officiating.

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

Notre Dame really hasn't been a National Power in 25 years so why they merit a story that they've dropped out of the top 25, I'm not sure.  Wisconsin & Ole Miss also dropped out of one poll or another this week also….

DavidMartin
DavidMartin

@glenn_galloway . Likely teams that have had the misfortune of playing Oregon. Bama hasn't looked like a #1 team. Oregon will beat Bama in the championship, if Bama is still #1 by then.

Craig
Craig

@StevePerry The obvious one is A&M...and they're there because they lost only to the #1 team.  Given their position they were "supposed" to lose that game, so they're not #1 but they're still pretty darn good.  An undefeated team doesn't automatically mean "they're the best."  It means only that they've won all their games, and that might be defeating numbers 114 through 117.  Clearly that record doesn't make them #1.

tony34
tony34

@sptsguy12345 they merit a story because good or bad they are still the number one draw in the country.  i thought last year they did well i guess the spts doesnt stand for sports, maybe you like spts in the face? not sure

jabpasada
jabpasada

There's a first time for everything...