Oregon gains ground on Bama in latest polls

Oregon gains ground on Bama in latest polls
September 22, 2013, 2:30 pm
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This week in college football seemed a little *yawn* predictable. There was not a single Top 25 upset this week, and the Top 10 stayed stagnant. Yet, some teams were able to distinguish themselves more than others.  

 No.1 Alabama held its spot after beating Colorado State, 31-6. Although the Crimson Tide didn’t destroy Colorado State, it was enough to secure 56 of 60 first place votes. Oregon remained at No.2 (for four weeks in a row) after a bye week, and received four first place votes. Clemson defeated NC State Thursday night 26-14. Heisman Trophy contender QB Tajh Boyd led the Tigers and gave NC State their first loss of the season. Ohio State spanked FCS opponent Florida A&M, scoring 76 points and holding Florida A&M to 0. Ohio State’s backup QB Kenny Guiton exceeded expectations with six passing touchdowns on Saturday, breaking the Buckeyes’ single-game passing touchdown record. The No.5 Stanford matchup against then No.23 Arizona State was set to be the toughest game this week, but Stanford fought to bring down the Sun Devils, 42-28.

Thanks to a "Weak 4" slate that featured just one match-up pitting ranked teams, and every other ranked team that played coming away with a win, we were searching for some type of angle for this weekend’s release of the USA Today coaches’ poll.

Thanks to Alabama’s sluggish victory, we’ve found one.  Barely.

As expected, the Top 10 of the coaches’ poll remained nearly the same as after Week 3, with every team with the exception Louisville and LSU remaining where they were a week ago.  The Cardinals dropped from No. 6 to No. 7 despite a 72-point win, while the Tigers replaced the UofL on the strength of an impressive win over previously-unbeaten Auburn.

While Alabama remained No. 1, they did see their lead over No. 2 Oregon erode ever so slightly.  The Tide received “just” 59 first-place votes, down from 61 seven days ago.  The Ducks picked up those two first-place votes and now have earned the top spot according to three coaches.  UA and UO are the only teams to receive first-place votes this week.

The swap of first-place votes helped the Ducks cut the Tide’s points lead from 72 to 67.

Pac-12 News: After losing to Stanford, Arizona State dropped out of the Top 25. Stanford’s running game looked strong on Saturday, which puts all eyes on the Oregon versus Stanford matchup later in the season. No. 13 UCLA kept its spot after defeating New Mexico St, 59-13. No. 16 Washington moved up one spot after beating Idaho St, 56-0. The Oregon State Beavers have not graced the Top 25 since week 1, but they were able to find a way to get a 34-30 victory over San Diego State.

 

Here is this Week’s Top 10:

  1. Alabama (1,496)
  2. Oregon (1,418)
  3. Clemson (1,340)
  4. Ohio State (1,320)
  5. Stanford (1,270)
  6. LSU (1,167)
  7. Louisville (1,088)
  8. Florida State (1,049)
  9. Georgia (1,029)
  10. Texas A&M (1,011)

 

Here is the rest of the AP Top 25 Poll, and the USA Today Coaches Poll.

 

A Deeper Look at Oregon:

  • Bye week gave Oregon a chance to heal injuries, rest, and recruit.

 

Oregon will host California at Autzen, September 28th at 7:30 PM.