We're sorry we're so late with this today, but some other things were going on (hi, Big 12 officials!). But the Week Six AP Poll and Amway/USA Today Coaches' Poll have been released, and to what will probably be the shock and astonishment of everyone reading this... Kansas State wasn't really hurt by their loss to Oklahoma State yesterday.
The Wildcats did lose 11 of the 12 points they earned in the media poll last week, but that only resulted in a one-place drop in overall standing (from 36th to a tie for 37th) as a bunch of teams fell completely off everyone's ballot while Kansas State hung on thanks to one individual voter. The coaches also dropped K-State; the Wildcats had 66 points last week, and only 17 today. That was only worth a two-place drop from 28th to 30th.
Where K-State took a hit was in the Massey Composite Ranking, which hashes together all the available computer rankings (50 at this writing). The Wildcats were 24th last week, but slid six places this week to 30th.
The big winners this week: Florida, up 14 spots in the AP and 11 in the coaches' poll, and Arizona State, moving up 11 and 18. Navy also had a 12-spot jump with the coaches, 9 with the media.
Wisconsin took the biggest hit of the week, falling 20 places in both polls, and completely off all ballots in the case of the media. Miami and North Carolina State took 14- and 13-place hits in the coaches poll, but neither received votes last week in the AP anyway. Several other teams -- Mississippi, Georgia, UCLA, Mississippi State, West Virginia, and Arizona -- took 10 point dives in one poll or the other following losses yesterday.
The most amazing thing about today's rankings, however, is when we also mix in the Massey Composite. The top 22 teams in Massey's composite just happen to be the same top 22 teams in the AP poll. They're not in the same order -- not even close, really, as the MCR has Oklahoma at #1 and Michigan State at #17, just as examples -- but that level of overall correlation is still absolutely mind-blowing.
In the interest of time, we'll skip further analysis here and go straight to the rankings. The table is listed in AP order. All teams receiving votes either this week or last week are included, as are all teams in the Massey Composite top 40 either week. In the case of Minnesota and Tennessee, the AP poll delta (and coaches for the Volunteers) listed as zero; those two teams actually gained a place despite falling off the ballot, technically speaking, so we changed them to zero so as not to be completely stupid.
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