Poll Watch

During an exciting weekend in College Football in which many of the top teams in the country fell, the Baylor Bears gutted out a tough win in Austin to remain undefeated. Their win against the Texas Longhorns allowed them to move up in both the AP and Coaches Poll.

The Bears did not play their best game against the Texas Longhorns, but were able to pull off the road win in Austin, Texas in front of a somewhat hostile environment. Baylor was one of the exceptions this past weekend, as eleven Top 25 teams lost. Three of those teams were ahead of the Bears in the Coaches Poll, which allowed the Bears to jump from 6th to the number 3 team in the country. While in the AP Poll, where four teams ahead of the Bears lost, they were only able to move from 7th to 5th as Mississippi State and Ole Miss jumped them.

With eleven of the Top 25 and five of the Top 10 teams losing, there was a lot of movement in both of the Polls. In the Top 10, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, A&M, and UCLA all lost. All of these teams fell out of the Top 10 of the AP Poll except for Alabama, which fell from 3rd to 7th. Oregon went from 2nd to 12th, Oklahoma from 4th to 11th, A&M from 6th to 14th, and UCLA from 8th to 18th. Taking their place in the Top 10 were Mississippi State, Ole Miss, TCU, and Arizona. Mississippi State and Ole Miss actually tied for 3rd, but Mississippi State also garnered two first place votes. Mississippi State moved up nine spots from 12th to 3rd after beating A&M at home, and Ole Miss moved up eight spots from 11th to 3rd after beating Alabama at home. TCU, after beating number 4 Oklahoma at home, moved up from 25th to 9th, while Arizona went from being unranked to 10th in the Country after beating number 2 Oregon on the road.

In the Coaches Poll, both Alabama and Oklahoma were able to stay in the Top 10. Alabama fell from 1st to 7th, and Oklahoma fell from 3rd to 9th. Oregon went from 4th to 11th, A&M from 7th to 14th, and UCLA from 9th to 17th. They were replaced by Georgia, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss. Georgia moved up from 12th to 10th, Mississippi State from 14th to 6th, and Ole Miss from 11th to 4th.

LSU, Wisconsin, USC, and BYU all fell out of the rankings of both Polls after losing their respective games. LSU was crushed by Auburn on the road, Wisconsin lost to unranked Northwestern on the road, USC lost a close one at home to Arizona State, and BYU fell to Utah State. Taking their place in the AP Poll were number 9 Arizona, number 20 Arizona State, number 22 Georgia Tech, and number 24 Utah. While in the Coaches poll it was Arizona, Georgia Tech, Missouri, and Clemson at 13th, 23rd, 24th, and 25th respectively.

In the Big 12, Baylor is now the highest ranked team in the conference. The Big 12 still has two Top 10 teams in both Polls with Baylor and TCU in the AP Poll, and Baylor and Oklahoma in the Coaches Poll. Kansas State moved up from 23rd to 17th in the AP Poll and 22nd to 16th in the Coaches Poll after beating Texas Tech at home. Finally, Oklahoma State moved up from 21st to 16th in the AP Poll and from 23rd to 18th in the Coaches Poll after beating Iowa State at home.

Both Polls can be found here:

Coaches Poll

AP Poll


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