Posted October 06, 2013

AP Poll: Top five stays put, Florida State on the rise after Week 6 of college football

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Jameis Winston and Florida State are up to No. 6 in the AP Poll after crushing Maryland. (Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

Jameis Winston and Florida State moved to No. 6 in the poll after routing Maryland. (Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

Week 6 in college football gave us our biggest changes to the AP Poll yet. With five top 25 teams falling and several others being tested, there are some movers and shakers in our little corner of the world.

The top five stayed the same, but Florida State climbed up to No. 6 after its 63-0 trashing of Maryland, and Louisville dropped a spot to No. 8 after a 30-7 win over Temple. Baylor continues its slow march up the rankings, moving two spots to No. 15 after dropping 73 points on West Virginia. Miami and Oklahoma flipped spots at 13 and 14 after both teams had a scare this week, and UCLA moved up a spot after the Bruins’ close Thursday win over Utah.  With conference play underway, teams are out of the cupcake stage and into the meat of their schedules, which should delight Atkins Diet fans across this great nation.

The complete AP Poll (with first-place votes in parenthesis) is below:

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

Here are a few thoughts from this week’s results:

• Have to say I’m a little surprised Stanford doesn’t have any first-place votes. The Cardinal beat a very solid Washington team Saturday night, but I guess it was past some voters’ bedtimes, which is understandable. We at Campus Union haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep since the season started, and these bags under our eyes aren’t going away.

• I would have thought Northwestern would stay higher after its loss to Ohio State. The Wildcats fought hard and almost pulled out the win, and it seems a little early in the season to punish a team for losing to a higher-ranked foe, especially when Washington only dropped one spot after its loss to Stanford.

• Welcome Northern Illinois, Virginia Tech and Missouri to the poll. It’s well deserved after the season the three teams have been having, and it’ll be interesting to see if they stick around and continue their early season success.

• Fresno State is crawling like a slug up the rankings. The Bulldogs moved from 23 to 21, and if they continue to win, when other teams fall around them, they could keep rising.

32 comments
Nathan12
Nathan12

UCLA advances one spot and they "moved up a spot."  Baylor advances two and they are on a "slow march."  Fresno State advances two and they are "crawling like a slug."  Hmmm.  

carnage_2012
carnage_2012

Listen folks, the AP is completely irrelevant. If you want a real poll look at the coaches poll, it counts toward the BCS poll, not the AP. F the AP

KrisBaker
KrisBaker

The reason Stanford gets no first place votes is because they got totally dominated by Washington and were just plain lucky to have won the game.  They got outgained by over 200 yards!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Maryland had no business being ranked. They are mediocre at best. At the very best. 63-0! 

MarkCleary
MarkCleary

And apparently the NCAA waiting until after the FSU game to punish us is pointless, and they should just do it now.  Because in the real world, that would be the only regular-season obstacle between us and the NC conversation, but apparently the writers have decreed that we'll never get near it anyway.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

oh also somehow Georgia pulls out a trash win over a DOORMAT program - and Louisville wins 30-7 - and L'ville goes down.   Unbelievable

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

What a joke that Northwestern drops to 19 after almost beating the 4th ranked team.  This is why polls are utter rubbish.  If you're ranked in the low teens and you face the #4 team - you SHOULD NOT GO DOWN if you barely lose to a team ranked in the top5.  It just makes no sense.  If anything, NW proved they are near OSUs level and they should have stayed the same or moved up. 

Omagus
Omagus

@carnage_2012 By that logic, there was no champion in college football until 1998.

shoelessjoe
shoelessjoe

@AaronDunckel Who did Louisville play ? Vols are down now, but they are far from a DOOR MAT program !!!!!


TomTinnish
TomTinnish

@AaronDunckel  Not geared towards anyone in particular. I watched the Ohio State vs NU, and thought it was a really great game. The Cats played really well throughout. It came down to the end. It  was not a thrashing many people thought it would be.

Omagus
Omagus

@AaronDunckel So the other teams ranked close to Northwestern shouldn't be rewarded for actually, y'know...winning?

BillHornbeck
BillHornbeck

@Omagus @carnage_2012  No, but after that the AP poll became irrelevant!  I don't understand why anyone uses it, especially the networks ! 

KidHorn
KidHorn

@Adolfis @AaronDunckel OSU is over rated. They looked bad against Wisconsin and Northwestern. Miller shouldn't get any Heisman votes. OSU was better when he was out.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@Adolfis @AaronDunckel   I'm not disagreeing that they are over ranked but saying that doesn't respond to the guys post.

Don't FORGET that the SAME guys voting Ohio St. #4 are the ones voting Northwestern where they did.  If THEY thought Ohio St was over ranked, they wouldn't have cast their ballots with them as the #4 team.

So the same group of voters placed Ohio St. and Northwestern where they did. 

bean
bean

@Omagus @BillHornbeck ,

 I'm with Omagus on this one. In many ways, the AP's track record is better. The AP didn't cause the bogus 2003 title game matchup of OU vs LSU. The AP had the game that would have brought the most closure to the season (USC/LSU were #1 and #2 there).

 The incompetence and lack of enthusiasm on the parts of the Harris poll and Coaches poll voters has been cited in print time and time again. The AP isn't without its own scars, but I have more respect for the AP voters than the Coaches poll, and especially more so than the Harris poll. We don't even have to address the flawed computer formulas that the BCS uses, despite being told by the formula developers themselves that there are better formulas to use.

 I value the AP vote as much or more than the BCS one. Which is to say, not that much. :D

Omagus
Omagus

@BillHornbeck The AP is doing the same thing it's done for 80 years: ranking teams and handing out a trophy at the end of the season. Just because some other body decides it wants to do something similar doesn't mean that AP is now irrelevant.

Adolfis
Adolfis

@woodson26 @Adolfis @AaronDunckel  No, I cant because both of those teams actually play more teams ranked in the Top 25 (regardless of which poll you look at). Right now Georgia (if I say Georgia more than 3 times in 5 minutes I actually vomit in my mouth a little) has the toughest schedule in the country.

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@woodson26 @Adolfis @AaronDunckel Are you for real, Woodson? Georgia have played three top 10 teams, [two of which are still in it, and one is at 14th] and are 2-1 against them. They were three points away from beating South Carolina and thus being 3-0. Check schedules before you start talking garbage.