Winners and Losers of AP Poll

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterAugust 19, 2012

The USA Today Coaches’ Poll has already been revealed and, with it, a little controversy involving Lane Kiffin. Over the weekend the Associated Press released its Top 25 Poll, once again giving college football junkies a chance to argue over where teams should, or should not, be in the rankings.

While the rankings were similar, there were a couple glaring differences between what the coaches thought and what the media members thought. Most notably, at the top spot. While both polls have the same top three and Alabama pulls in at No. 2, the No. 1 and No. 3 spots are a bit of a flip flop. For the coaches, LSU gets the top spot; in the recently released AP poll, USC got the nod.

Once you get past the USC-LSU swap, you can really start to pull out your winners and losers. Teams ranked high enough to raise expectations above where they will likely fall. Teams too low to make noise and control their own destiny. Teams ranked below several opponents that they beat a season ago and also return more key pieces than.

We give you our winners and losers, but we’d love to hear who you think came out ahead, or behind, in the most recent poll.