Posted November 10, 2013

AP Poll: Alabama and Florida State are top two, Ohio State to No. 3 after Week 11

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T.J. Yeldon and Alabama are in pole position for the BCS title game after Saturday's win over LSU. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

T.J. Yeldon and Alabama are in pole position for the BCS title game after a win over LSU. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

As teams hit the home stretch of the 2013 college football season, Week 11 proved a critical barometer. Between Oklahoma-Baylor, Oregon-Stanford and LSU-Alabama, the national title showdown got a little bit clearer. Heading into mid-November, the BCS chase could all resolve itself like the third act of a movie.

Alabama picked up four first-place votes following its 38-17 win over LSU. Florida State, which used seven turnovers to rout Wake Forest 59-3, inched up one spot to No. 2. Baylor climbed to No. 4 after beating Oklahoma 41-12, and Stanford moved back into the top five after toppling previously unbeaten Oregon 26-20.

Ohio State finally moved up a spot with its resounding victory over Bye on Saturday. The Buckeyes have needed a little help all year, and Oregon’s loss this week provided them with some hope of forcing their way into the top two. Still, Urban Meyer’s program will need more things to break its way to earn a spot in the national title game, either in the form of Alabama or Florida State suffering an upset loss.

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

1. Alabama (56)
2. Florida State (3)
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Stanford
6. Oregon
7. Auburn
8. Clemson
9. Missouri
10. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina
12. Oklahoma State
13. UCLA
14. Michigan State
15. UCF
16. Fresno State
17. Wisconsin
18. LSU
19. Louisville
20. Northern Illinois
21. Arizona State
22. Oklahoma
23. Texas
24. Miami
25. Georgia

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

• It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Miami. The Hurricanes tumbled from No. 7 in the poll after Week 9 to No. 24 after Week 11 on the heels of consecutive losses to Florida State and Virginia Tech. With star running back Duke Johnson out for the season with a broken ankle, their ACC Coastal hopes are in serious doubt, too. If Georgia Tech loses to Clemson on Nov. 14, then Duke will control its own destiny for a chance to play in the ACC championship game (no, really). Virginia Tech, which whipped the ‘Canes 42-24 on Saturday, remains in the mix as well.

• LSU dropped eight spots to No. 18 after its loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa. But if voters thought LSU was a top-10 team before Saturday, why are the Tigers suddenly the 18th-best team in the country because they lost a road game they were supposed to lose? LSU hung tough for a little more than a half, but the Crimson Tide are the top-ranked team for a reason. Polls will be polls.

• Texas is ranked again. This is not a drill. The No. 23 Longhorns are 6-0 in Big 12 play after escaping West Virginia 47-40 in overtime. With each win, the absurdist’s dream of Mack Brown winning the conference title creeps a little closer to becoming reality. Seal did tell us “we’re never going to survive unless we are a little crazy,” and we all pretty much know he’s a huge college football fan, right?

26 comments
Listening
Listening

The AP votes/rankings do not count for anything anyway.....  just saying.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

oregon... what a bunch of freaking over-rated chokers. FANTASTIC uniform configurations though.  your east coast counter-part, clemson, is jealous. at least clemson has the dignity to lose early every season so we don't have to hear them boast and posture about how great they are.  so, please, oregon fans, get over yourselves until the ducks attain to something more than winning the pac-12.  no one is really looking forward to the beginning of next season when oregon fans start whining AGAIN about how awesome the ducks are, and how THIS is their year... FOR REAL this time....  2014.. oregon will show the college football world how great they are.  shut up already. 

yes.. obviously i'm a troll.  but, i'm right.

BobRayTalbot
BobRayTalbot

Okay, look; I am a huge Texas fan.  I graduated from Texas and worked for the athletic department for seven years out of college. So that is out front.  I'm still not sure Texas is a top 25 football team.  Yes, they've won 6 in a row; but I expected more from them in this game with WV.  Having said that, if you are going to put them in the top 25, quit being absurd about where you put them.  The AP now ranks Texas one notch below Oklahoma, when OU has lost the same number of games at UT and one of those losses was to UT. There has to be some logic in this process or the whole thing becomes absurd.

Cool
Cool

Just how does a 3 loss team stay in the top 20?  Look, I rooted my heart out for LSU to beat Bama.. I honestly wanted them to pull it out.. but in the end, they lost.. and despite what might be written, it really wasn't that close of a game.. it was a 21 point difference.    So why is LSU still in the top 20?  All because of being in the SEC.. all because the AP voters have a bias.  SC loses to Tennessee and is number 11....  My Cornhuskers lose to Minnesota(who happens to have  better record than Tennessee) and UCLA, and they can't even crack the top 25 ?  OK, before all the comments about how Nebraska is going to get destroyed by Mich State.. I already accept that, and won't even argue.. but still, if we lived in a world with unbiased voting, then we  would have to agree .. for this week.. Nebraska should be in the top 25.

RobertCamp
RobertCamp

how is it a one loss Oregon is ranked ahead of a talented bunch from Auburn (who would, judging from OU's last game, beat the snot out of OU)?!

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

@HerschelAnderton You're a troll, but you a100% correct.  Auburn 2010 title game, LSU 2011, Stanford in both 2012 and 2013.  These are not exceptions, these are a pattern - the Oregon gimmick offense can't beat team with good line play and solid defense.

Listening
Listening

Yeah about Oregon....  I'm not sure when football became a clothes fashion show.  Can't image one player saying to another player on the opposing team "Hey man, I really like your pants".  Hahahahaha

Action
Action

@BobRayTalbot I'm an Aggie, and I see a Texas team that has won 6 in a row.  Regardless of how it happened (see Iowa State), Texas deserves to be ranked.  Why OU was ranked as high as they were after Texas murdered them is beyond me.  Anyway, we'll find out how good Texas really is over their next three games.  If you all win out, you deserve a BCS bowl.  However, winning out isn't going to be easy, and Baylor is nothing like I remember them.

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Listening

@Cool  

You Sir are 100 percent correct about your LSU statement.  The only two three loss teams in the AP ranking are LSU at 18 and Georgia at 25 (both from SEC).  I do not discount either team because they are both good.  I have a much easier time with Georgia at 25 than LSU at 18.  Come on...  If they both just NEED to be ranked, at three losses LSU shoud be 23, 24 or 25.  Just my opinion but it looks like favoritism toward the SEC is evident.  Now...  as far as Nebraska goes about deserving to be ranked in the top 25... not so much.  Just outside (which they are) but not in the top 25.  IMHO

MikeL1
MikeL1

@Cool Are you suggesting that the polls should just rank teams by losses?  Or that a 3-loss team could not possibly be one of the top 25 teams in the country? What if a team loses to the Nos. 1, 2, and 3 teams in the nation? I would argue that such a team could conceivably still be the 4th best team in the country.  

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

@Cool You play June's day nursery 10 times and come out 9-1, that's  less impressive to me than going 7-3 against a schedule that has 5 top 20 teams. There is certainly an SEC bias, but that's at least in part due what's happened in the bowl games the last 5 years

Cane87
Cane87

@Cool Miami is ranked below any 3-loss team, just as we were below 1- and 2-loss teams when undefeated.  Yes, we suck.  The AP voters and the BCS suck a lot more. 

RTR
RTR

@RobertCamp  Because the AU team is allowing very poor opponents to score 20++ and their offense cannot pass.  LSU and Ole Miss were the two decent opponents played and they had a loss and Ole Miss was a shootout.

CFBfan1
CFBfan1

@RobertCamp Reasonable to compare a one loss Auburn and one loss Oregon to a one loss Auburn, but have you considered the whole picture?  

Compare games against a common opponent, Washington State.  Auburn won by 7, and the game included a controversial call which could have impacted the outcome.  Oregon beat WSU by 24, and the game was never in doubt.  Compare the quality of the losses.  Oregon lost to the team that is currently ranked #5.  Auburn lost to the team currently at #18.  

If Auburn beats Alabama, they will jump both Oregon and Stanford.  Until then, it is pointless to  quibble over one spot.

Listening
Listening

@HerschelAnderton @Listening  

I will next chance I get.  Thanks man.  Wow it's been almost 25 years.  Still, it was not the first time the championship was split.  That being said...  if you do not have the crystal football in your hands at the end of the season nothing else really matters as far as being the national champion in my opinion.  

Cool
Cool

@MikeL1 @Cool Well then why are we even playing the games?  Why don't we just rank the teams and keep it that way the rest of the season?  Losing no matter is an issue... perception of which teams are better does... Three losses...no worries, everyone else would have lost those games too.  Stanford loses to lowly Utah.. so we all knew that they would lose to Oregon, because... well Oregon is the number 2 team in the nation..    Hell, why are we even considering a play off .... the polls already have it right?

Cool
Cool

@JimKirkwood1 @Cool LSU lost to Georgia (unranked) and Ole MIss (unranked) and all three teams have 3 losses.   

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@HerschelAnderton @Listening  

Not my conference brother.  I do recognize the SEC does have SOME good teams, but the lack luster ones should bring them back down to earth (does not seem to with some people).  Take it easy man.