Insanity in Week 1 of the college football season saw multiple teams make statements about where they stand. Some statements were positive, while others were so negative that they plummeted in the most recent polls.
With the latest Associated Press and Amway polls now released, there were plenty of shake-ups in the rankings. The full AP poll can be found via AP.org, and the Amway Coaches Poll is listed via USA Today.
Here's a look at the rankings:
|Rank||Associated Press Top 25||Amway Top 25|
|1||Florida State Seminoles (46)||Florida State Seminoles (57)|
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide (1)||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|3||Oregon Ducks (5)||Oklahoma Sooners (2)|
|4||Oklahoma Sooners (2)||Oregon Ducks (2)|
|5||Auburn Tigers||Auburn Tigers|
|6||Georgia Bulldogs (2)||Michigan State Spartans|
|7||Michigan State Spartans||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|8||Ohio State Buckeyes||Georgia Bulldogs (1)|
|9||Texas A&M Aggies (2)||Baylor Bears|
|10||Baylor Bears||Stanford Cardinal|
|11||UCLA Bruins||UCLA Bruins|
|12||LSU Tigers (1)||LSU Tigers|
|13||Stanford Cardinal||Texas A&M Aggies|
|14||USC Trojans||USC Trojans|
|15||Ole Miss Rebels||Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|16||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||Arizona State Sun Devils|
|17||Arizona State Sun Devils||Ole Miss Rebels|
|18||Wisconsin Badgers||Nebraska Cornhuskers|
|19||Nebraska Cornhuskers||Wisconsin Badgers|
|20||Kansas State Wildcats||Kansas State Wildcats|
|21||South Carolina Gamecocks (T-21)||South Carolina Gamecocks|
|22||North Carolina Tar Heels (T-21)||Missouri Tigers|
|23||Clemson Tigers||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|24||Missouri Tigers||Clemson Tigers|
|25||Louisville Cardinals||Texas Longhorns|
South Carolina went from No. 9 in both polls to No. 21 heading into Week 2. In the Amway poll, Wisconsin dropped from No. 16 down to No. 19 after a tough loss. As for their opponents, both Texas A&M and LSU climbed up to Nos. 13 and 12, respectively.
Another big mover in the polls was Georgia after a blowout win over Clemson. The Bulldogs jumped all the way up to No. 8 in the Amway poll, as Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com notes:
As for the AP poll, Brett McMurphy of ESPN was candid about putting UGA at No. 1 on Twitter:
My AP ballot: Ga FSU A&M Ala OU LSU Ore Aub MSU Bay USC UCLA OhSt Stan ND Wis Neb ASU MsSt OkSt OleMiss PSU Clem SCar UL— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 2, 2014
While Georgia was narrowly inside the Top 10, the team was just one of four teams to receive a first-place vote, as Nabulsi points out.
The Bulldogs might have been surprised by the result, while Alabama was likely befuddled that it didn't receive a first-place vote.
After the close win over West Virginia, the voters clearly took note of the Crimson Tide's struggles. But still in the Top Four of the poll, they remain one of the top programs in the country moving forward.
The close matchup also helped WVU in the rankings, as Bob Hertzel of TimesWV.com points out:
WVU earned some respect vs. Alabama, got seven votes in this week's coaches poll.— Bob Hertzel (@bhertzel) September 2, 2014
One team that is also catching the eye of voters for the right reasons is Oklahoma State. On the heels of a surprisingly close contest against Florida State, the Cowboys narrowly missed out on making it into the Top 25 in the Amway poll.
Trey Scott of 247Sports shared his thoughts on the slight snub:
How is Oklahoma State not ranked in the coaches poll? Seriously?— Trey Scott (@TreyScott247) September 2, 2014
Despite not making it into the poll, Oklahoma State still received 106 votes. With Texas having 150 votes and Clemson sitting on 155, the Cowboys certainly have a chance to make some noise in Week 2.
Though it barely missed out, George Schroeder of USA Today believes Oklahoma State should have been in:
I wouldn’t have been surprised if Oklahoma State had been ranked after the loss. Almost made it (26th) - but should have been in.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 2, 2014
Following a difficult victory for Ohio State over Navy, the Buckeyes also dropped one place in the Amway poll. Though they remained ahead of the Bulldogs and others, the Buckeyes were one of the few teams to lose a place in the poll after a win.
UCLA also dropped after a win to No. 11 in the Amway poll, but OSU fans live and breathe college football.
Rob Kunz of Time Warner Cable reminded Buckeyes faithful that the poll doesn't mean much in the scheme of the season:
Prior to the release, the rivalry for the best team in South Carolina took a strange turn. The two normally dominant teams both suffered blowout losses at the hands of ranked opponents who skyrocketed in the rankings.
But Aaron Brenner of The Post & Courier noted the potential shake-up in the polls:
I'm starting to wonder, based on some ballots trickling out, if Clemson's ranked higher than South Carolina when today's AP poll is released— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) September 2, 2014
Ultimately, the Gamecocks would be ranked ahead of the Tigers, but just barely by dropping 12 spots in the Amway poll. After a disappointing loss in Week 1, the team will need to quickly recover against an impressive ECU team to remain in the polls.
One of the most common themes, of course, was Texas A&M making a huge jump after the blistering win over South Carolina. Harold Gutmann of The Durham Herald-Sun shared his poll on Twitter:
AP Top 25 poll comes out this afternoon. Here's my ballot: http://t.co/zGGpYoZkeI …— Harold Gutmann (@haroldgut) September 2, 2014
In his latest rankings, Gutmann thrusts the Aggies all the way up to No. 15 after not having the program in his initial poll.
Texas A&M is now ranked inside the Top 15 in both polls—No. 9 in AP poll—but still has plenty of room to move up with Kenny Hill under center.
Moving forward, there are myriad teams that still have plenty to prove. Florida State and Alabama stumbled out of the gate, but they have cupcakes this week to remain as two of the best programs in the country.
As for Oregon, a stiff test at home against Michigan State will prove just how dynamic this offense is during the 2014 season.
With Marcus Mariota and Connor Cook facing off—both of whom were ranked in ESPN's Brock Huard's top-10 quarterback list in the preseason (subscription required)—the showdown will be the one to watch.
Whichever team comes out as the victor will easily jump into the conversation for the College Football Playoff. While the Ducks are already in those talks, the Spartans could make a massive statement with a victory.
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