SEC Continues Domination Of Weekly Polls

Alabama is battling two teams at the top of the weekly college football rankings. Both of them had struggles Saturday night while Alabama was rolling over Florida, but as is usually the case in the polls winning teams didn’t drop in the fifth week of the college football season.

Alabama continues to be number two in the Coaches Poll and number three in the Associated Press rankings. The polls had the same top 11 teams, though not in the same order.

Voters were impressed that Florida State could defeat Clemson even without star quarterback (but not star person) Jameis Winston. If FSU got votes for bizarre behavior by Winston and by Seminoles Coach Jimbo Fisher, it would be unanimous. As it is, FSU got 34 votes from the sportswriters and broadcasters and 36 from the coaches.

A week ago Alabama was getting a single vote for number one, but this week has 11 first place votes from the coaches and six from reporters.

Oregon, which had a tough battle with Washington State (and may have been bailed out by an incredible no-call on a flagrant pass interference), is second in the AP and fourth in the Coaches and received 12 first place votes in the AP and three from coaches.

Oklahoma rounds out the top four – which is the important number in this year of the College Football Playoff, even though some say the polls mean nothing. The polls will mean something, however, if any of the 13 members of the selection committee are watching them. Oklahoma is fourth in the AP with four first place votes and third in the Coaches with 12 first place votes.

Auburn is fifth in both polls. Texas A&M got four first place votes in the AP poll and is sixth with Baylor seventh, while Baylor is sixth in the Coaches and A&M seventh.

Both polls have Notre Dame eighth and Michigan State ninth.

Ole Miss is 10th in the AP, followed by UCLA, while the Coaches have those teams reversed.

There are still four Southeastern Conference Western Division teams in the AP top ten, though that number has dropped to three in the Coaches Poll.

Although both the coaches and the reporters would have opportunity to know that South Carolina defeated Georgia two Waturdays ago, both polls have the Bulldogs ranked ahead of the Gamecocks. Georgia is 12th and South Carolina 13th in the AP, Georgia 13th and South Carolina 15th in the Coaches.

Mississippi State is 14th in the AP, 16th in the Coaches.

Arizona State is 12th in the Coaches, 15th in the AP; Stanford is 14th in the Coaches, 16th in the AP.

Rounding out the AP Poll are 17. LSU, 18. USC, 19. Wisconsin, 20. BYU, 21. Nebraska, 22. Ohio State, 23. East Carolina, 24. Oklahoma State, and 25. Kansas State.

In the Coaches Poll, it is 17. Wisconsin, 18. LSU (yes, we know they played and LSU won), 19. Nebraska, 20. Ohio State, 21. BYU, 22. USC, 23. Duke, 24. East Carolina, and 25. Kansas State.

Missouri dropped out of the top 25 after losing to Indiana, but is still receiving votes. Arkansas is also receiving votes.

All seven SEC West teams are either ranked or receiving votes and three East teams are ranked or receiving votes. Eight of those 10 teams (six from the West) are in the top 25.


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