Top 25: The big snooze

Al Messerschmidt

The best part about this week? It's over.

Short and sweet on the poll recap this week because, well, it was one of the most boring weeks of college football in quite some time. Hence, not much to discuss in this week's polls.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (56) 3-0 1,496 1
2 Oregon (4) 3-0 1,418 2
3 Clemson 3-0 1,340 3
4 Ohio State 4-0 1,320 4
5 Stanford 3-0 1,270 5
6 LSU 4-0 1,167 6
7 Louisville 4-0 1,088 7
8 Florida State 3-0 1,049 8
9 Georgia 2-1 1,029 9
10 Texas A&M 3-1 1,011 10
11 Oklahoma State 3-0 849 11
12 South Carolina 2-1 828 12
13 UCLA 3-0 798 13
14 Oklahoma 3-0 689 14
15 Miami (FL) 3-0 687 16
16 Washington 3-0 559 17
17 Northwestern 4-0 477 18
18 Michigan 4-0 450 15
19 Baylor 3-0 441 20
20 Florida 2-1 414 19
21 Mississippi 3-0 342 21
22 Notre Dame 3-1 256 22
23 Wisconsin 3-1 130 24
24 Texas Tech 4-0 127 25
25 Fresno State 3-0 110 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 41, Georgia Tech 30, Maryland 24, UCF 19, Nebraska 13, Northern Illinois 9, Arizona 8, Virginia Tech 4, Michigan State 3, Missouri 2, Rutgers 1, Navy 1

What voters got right: Nobody can say voters don't know how to copy and paste. None of the top 14 teams moved, and only Michigan - with a second-straight meh performance - dropped among the top 18 teams. The Arizona St. mistake from a week ago was erased as the Sun Devils were dropped to the outside looking in.

What voters missed: The Florida Gators lost their quarterback for the season, but despite that, and the offensive woes that plagued Florida before Jeff Driskel went down, the Gators still have voters' hearts. Baylor is scoring points at a clip not seen in 80 years, and all it was good for was a move up one spot, finally, past Florida.

The "This ain't hard" award goes to: Kliff Kingsbury. The young new Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach has yet to lose a game (4-0).

USA TODAY COACHES POLL

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (59) 3-0 1547 1
2 Oregon (3) 3-0 1480 2
3 Ohio St. 4-0 1399 3
4 Clemson 3-0 1332 4
5 Stanford 3-0 1312 5
6 LSU 4-0 1161 7
7 Louisville 4-0 1140 6
8 Florida St. 3-0 1121 8
9 Texas A&M 3-1 1044 9
10 Georgia 2-1 1020 10
11 Oklahoma St. 3-0 909 11
12 Oklahoma 3-0 863 12
13 South Carolina 2-1 825 13
14 UCLA 3-0 731 15
15 Miami 3-0 613 17
16 Northwestern 4-0 560 16
17 Michigan 4-0 534 14
18 Baylor 3-0 465 19
19 Florida 2-1 449 18
20 Washington 3-0 427 20
21 Mississippi 3-0 331 22
22 Notre Dame 3-1 317 21
23 Fresno St. 3-0 156 25
24 Wisconsin 3-1 98 NR
25 Texas Tech 4-0 92 NR

What the coaches/SIDs got right: Poor Louisville. It pounded Florida International so much in the 72-0 win that the teams played a shortened fourth quarter on Saturday, and the Cardinals still dropped a spot in the polls as LSU jumped up a spot. Past that, not much to discuss other than it's noteworthy to watch Michigan's slow slide.

What the coaches/SIDs missed: I've discussed it so much the past two weeks, what's one more time going to hurt? Florida hasn't belonged for several weeks, and definitely doesn't now. I guess that will take care of itself.

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