AP Polls College Football 2013: Teams That Will Plummet in Rankings

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AP Polls College Football 2013: Teams That Will Plummet in Rankings
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There is going to be a notable shift in the rankings after an eventful week of college football. We had a few top-25 upsets and lackluster performances that will see some teams moving in the wrong direction. 

This shift in the rankings isn't going to happen among teams in the Top Five. However, once we get past that point it is certainly a different story. Check out three teams that must prepare themselves for a slide in the rankings. 

Week 5 College Football Associated Press Top 25 Rankings
Ranking Team Previous Ranking Points BR Ranking
1 Alabama 1 1,496 1
2 Oregon 2 1,418 2
3 Clemson 3 1,340 5
4 Ohio State 4 1,320 3
5 Stanford 5 1,270 4
6 LSU 6 1,167 6
7 Louisville 7 1,088 8
8 Florida State 8 1,049 7
9 Georgia 9 1,029 9
10 Texas A&M 10 1,011 10
11 Oklahoma State 11 849 11
12 South Carolina 12 828 12
13 UCLA 13 798 13
14 Oklahoma 14 689 15
15 Miami Fla. 16 687 14
16 Washington 17 559 17
17 Northwestern 18 477 18
18 Michigan 15 450 19
19 Baylor 20 441 16
20 Florida 19 414 20
21 Ole Miss 21 342 21
22 Notre Dame 22 256 22
23 Wisconsin 24 130 23
24 Texas Tech 25 127 24
25 Fresno State NR 110 25

Associated Press

 

No. 6: LSU

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LSU lost a 44-41 thriller on the road against No. 9 Georgia. There is certainly no shame in that, and that in itself is not reason for a huge drop in the polls. However, the problem is the ease with which the Tigers' defense was shredded. 

Georgia put up 494 yards of offense, and that came with both great success on the ground and through the air. 

Given their recent run of dominance led by defense, it is shocking to see this defense get taken apart like it was on Saturday. While LSU flashed a prodigious offense that will keep them relevant all year, it is clear that the Tigers don't have the defense to navigate successfully through their SEC schedule. 

After all, the 44 points Georgia scored is just one point shy of their season high, which came the previous week against the more lightly touted Mean Green of North Texas. 

 

No. 11: Oklahoma State 

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Oklahoma State entered Saturday with a 3-0 record, but the jury was still out on the Cowboys. Other than a 21-3 win over Mississippi State in the opener, the Cowboys hadn't faced an FBS team yet. 

Well, the aforementioned jury has some new info, and I doubt the Cowboys are going to like the verdict. 

West Virginia outperformed the Cowboys en route to a 30-21 victory. 

The Cowboys were on the road, which certainly takes some of the sting out of this loss. Keep in mind, however, West Virginia—which improved to 3-2 with the win—was coming off of 37-0 loss to Maryland the previous week. 

West Virginia has displayed solid stretches of defense this year. So the fact that the Cowboys mustered just 21 points is not terrible. Allowing 30 points to the Mountaineers is another story. The Cowboys are headed towards a massive plunge in the polls. 

 

No. 22: Notre Dame

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Chances are solid that this pass hit the ground.

Notre Dame is likely enjoying its final moments of being ranked this season. The Irish were easily handled 35-21 by Oklahoma on Saturday and the loss came at home in South Bend.

The Irish allowed 450 yards in this game with the Sooners gaining 212 of those yards on the ground. This is a terrible sign for Notre Dame.

The Irish defense was looking like a shell of last year's version heading into this game and their putrid performance confirms that dubious suspicion.

This is especially problematic for Notre Dame since it's clear the offense will not be bailing them out. The Irish have a serious quarterback issue. Tommy Rees was just 9-of-24 for 104 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. 

That isn't going to cut it.

Notre Dame's remaining schedule is not daunting. No. 5 Stanford is their only ranked opponent remaining. Still, they play Arizona State and USC in their next two games, and I'm not going to pick them to win either of those.  

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