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Kansas State hold steady in coaches' poll, moves up a spot in AP

After a performance that looked like it might hurt, the Wildcats tread water.

Seriously, they should be #1. Sagarin's right about something for once.
Seriously, they should be #1. Sagarin's right about something for once.
Steve Dykes

I honestly expected the Wildcats to slide a bit, but some other events conspired to keep any damage minimized. Here, find the AP, Coaches, and Sagarin rankings following Week 2. We'll unbox the polls later in the week.

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Florida State (38) Florida State (51) Oregon
2 Oregon (16) Alabama (1) Georgia
3 Alabama (1) Oklahoma (3) Oklahoma
4 Oklahoma (2) Oregon (6) Texas A&M
5 Auburn Auburn Auburn
6 Georgia (1) Georgia (1) LSU
7 Texas A&M (2) Baylor Florida
8 Baylor Texas A&M Alabama
9 USC LSU Notre Dame
11 Notre Dame Notre Dame Michigan State
12 UCLA UCLA Ohio State
13 Michigan State Michigan State USC
14 Ole Miss Arizona State Wisconsin
15 Stanford Ole Miss Virginia Tech
16 Arizona State Stanford BYU
17 Virginia Tech Wisconsin Florida State
18 Wisconsin Ohio State Ole Miss
19 Kansas State Virginia Tech Arizona
20 Missouri Kansas State Baylor
21 Louisville Nebraska TCU
22 Ohio State Missouri UCF
23 Clemson South Carolina Stanford
24 South Carolina Clemson Kansas State
25 BYU North Carolina Louisville

For some reason, Florida State remains atop the polls despite an uninspiring performance against The Citadel. There's an argument that they were dominant with their starters in the game and that The Citadel's a triple option team; there's a counter-argument that The Citadel is not really very good and the number one team in the country should look a lot better against an FCS opponent which isn't even a good FCS opponent. Oregon really deserves the nod after what they did to a pretty good Sparty yesterday, in my not-at-all-humble opinion.

Virginia Tech vaulted into the AP, passing the Wildcats; their move up was facilitated by Ohio State's plunge to 22nd and Nebraska's departure from the poll entirely after barely surviving the Daniel Sams Experience. BYU took the place of North Carolina, perhaps unfairly punished for a close home loss to San Diego State. In the coaches' poll, Virginia Tech also hopped over K-State, but Ohio State did not slide past, leaving the Cats at 20. K-State stayed at 20 thanks to Nebraska, who had been 18th last week; the Huskers did not, however, fall out of the poll, landing in 21st. North Carolina also clung to the bottom of the poll, beating Louisville by a single point and BYU by five.

Surprisingly unaffected: UCLA, who only slipped one spot in both polls. This is a clear sign that the polls are, frankly, a bunch of poo. Why? Because Memphis received not one vote in the AP and only four points in the coaches' poll. If UCLA barely escaped a team hardly even worth mentioning on poll ballots, then they should have been hit in the same fashion Nebraska was; if a voter didn't ding UCLA hard because they felt UCLA lost to a good team, then they should have recognized Memphis on their ballot. The only plausible explanation: it was a late game, which does absolutely nothing to alter the perception that the poll is a sham. If late games get blown off, delay the release of the polls to give voters more time to digest.