From College News - Oklahoma drops out of AP top ten list entirely after embarassing loss
The new college football AP rankings list has been released this morning, and Florida is still the overwhelming the number one team in the college football land. The Gators topped the AP’s list of top 25 college football teams in the same way they topped their first week opponents Charleston Southern University--overwhelmingly. (The score of that Florida/Charleston Southern match-up? 62-3).
Texas maintained their #2 ranking after they obliterated their first week opponent Louisiana-Monroe in a score of 59-20.
But other teams didn’t fair so well. The Oklahoma Sooner dropped ten spots, from 3 to 13, after their 14-13 upset loss to Brigham Young University. On the flip side, Brigham Young breezed into the top 10 by fling up 11 spots from the 20th spot to the 9th spot. BYU’s gain was the most impressive increase on the AP list.
But they weren’t the only team on the rise. USC benefited from Oklahoma’s loss by taking their spot in the rankings at #3. The Trojans have a real test this week with their trip to Ohio State Saturday night, though the last time they met, the University of Southern California whipped the Buckeyes by a score of 35-3
Alabama also rose on spot in the ranking from #5 to #4 after they beat the Virginia Tech Hokies last week. Oklahoma State went up 4 spots, from 9th to 5th, after their impressive win over Georgia last week.
Moving up 2 spots each in the AP’s rankings for this week were The Ole Miss Rebels and Penn State. Ole Miss went from the 8th spot to the 6th spot after their win over Memphis while Penn State went from the 9th spot to the 7th spot after they routed Akron.
Ohio State dropped two spots from the 6th spot to the 8th spot after a 31-27 nail biter against Navy. The Buckeyes may find themselves biting their nails for a different reason come this Saturday (see above).
The University of California rounds out the top-10 after they jumped from the 12th spot last week. The Golden Bears blew out Maryland in a score of 52-13.
Past the top ten, LSU and Boise State are on the outside looking in with 11th and 12th rankings, respectively. Tumbling down a bit was Virginia Tech, who fell to the 14th spot after their loss to Alabama. Georgia Tech stayed put at 15, while TCU and Utah both went up one spot to 16th and 17th. Georgia fell 9 spots from the 13 spot to the 21st spot after their loss to Oklahoma State.
Alongside BYU, Notre Dame made the one of the biggest jumps on the AP rankings list, moving up 5 spots from 23rd to 18th after their impressive victory over Nevada. North Carolina rose two spots to 19th after their 40-6 victory over citadel and Miami broke into the top 25 at the 20th spot with their win over Florida State.
Nebraska and Cincinnati broke into the top 25 after first week victories at the 22nd spot and 23rd spot. Kansas rose one spot from the 25th ranking to the 24th ranking after their big win over Northern Colorado.
Missouri sneaked their way into the 25th spot after not being ranked last week by shutting down the Illinois offense in a 37-9 victory.
Three teams fell out of the rankings completely after the first week. Oregon, Florida State and Iowa all fell out of the rankings after rough first week showings. Oregon was apparently frustrated so much by the Boise State Broncos that fists started flying in a 19-8 loss. Florida State took a tough loss at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes and Iowa was not impressive in their win over Northern Iowa.
By Michael Hansen