There is a school of thought that a team should be rewarded for playing a difficult schedule. It would be difficult to argue that the opposite also should not be true. Alabama played Florida Atlantic on Saturday, winning 41-0 in a game that lasted only three and a half quarters. Oregon, on the other hand, played defending Big 10 champion Michigan State and the Ducks blasted the Spartans.
Voters in the Associated Press poll took note and moved Oregon ahead of Alabama. Florida State had 38 first place votes and remained in first place. Oregon got 16 first place votes and Alabama one. Fourth place Oklahoma had two first place votes, while idle Georgia had one, and Texas A&M 2.
The Coaches Poll kept Bama second behind FSU. The Seminoles got 51 first place votes, Bama 1, third place Oklahoma three, and No. 4 Oregon six.
Although Alabama is the only Southeastern Conference team in the important top four, four other SEC teams are in the top 10 of both polls.
The AP Poll has it 1. Florida State, 2. Oregon, 3. Alabama, 4. Oklahoma, 5. Auburn, 6. Georgia, 7. Texas A&M, 8. Baylor, 9. USC, 10. LSU, 11. Notre Dame, 12. UCLA, 13. Michigan State, 14. Ole Miss, 15. Stanford, 16. Arizona State, 17. Virginia Tech, 18. Wisconsin, 19. Kansas State, 20. Missouri, 21. Louisville, 22. Ohio State, 23. Clemson, 24. South Carolina, 25. BYU.
In the Coaches Poll, it was 1. FSU, 2. Alabama, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Oregon, 5. Auburn, 6. Georgia, 7. Baylor, 8. Texas A&M, 9. LSU, 10. USC, 11. Notre Dame, 12. UCLA, 13. Michigan State, 14. Arizon State, 15. Ole Miss, 16. Stanford, 17. Wisconsin, 18. Ohio State, 19. Virginia Tech, 20. Kansas State, 21. Nebraska, 22. Missouri, 23. South Carolina, 24. Clemson, 25. North Carolina.