AP Poll College Football 2011: Which Top 25 Teams Are out in September?
The AP Preseason Poll was released on Saturday and while most of the usual suspects were included we can't help but wonder which teams will be the first to make an exit from the poll.
September games always shake things up in a hurry and this year will be no different. Going through the schedule there's a few teams we can't help but think will have a short shelf-life in the top 25.
Teams in the top five to 10 are usually safe from dropping out completely in September even if they lose a game; from that high it takes more than one slip-up to fall off the radar.
So lets examine the remaining top 25 teams.
Nebraska and Wisconsin are even challenged until they face each other October 1. South Carolina has a tough road game against Georgia, but the Gamecocks will be favored to win. Virginia Tech, TCU, Florida and USC are all cruising through September -- though the Gators play Alabama on October 1.
Ohio State has to get through Miami and Notre Dame and Michigan State have to get through each other; flip a coin for that one.
Arkansas plays Alabama on September 24, then opens October with Texas A&M, Auburn and Ole Miss. Don't expect the Razorbacks to last long in the top 25.
Georgia opens the season against Boise State, then gets six days before a visit from South Carolina and should be out of the top 25 by September 11.
Mississipi State is another SEC team that should be out quickly with matchups against Auburn and LSU and then Georgia in early October.
Auburn should survive the Mississippi State game and get through September unscathed, but the Tigers have a nightmarish October that sees them faceoff against South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida and LSU in a row. Should Auburn survive that, we'll be talking about a repeat as national champions.
And to wrap things up, Missouri and West Virginia play Oklahoma and LSU, respectively, to end their September schedules. That should also be about the time each makes their way to the fringe of the top 25.
|1||Oklahoma (Big 12)|
|5||Boise State (Mountain West)|
|6||Florida State (ACC)|
|8||Texas A&M (Big 12)|
|9||Oklahoma State (Big 12)|
|10||Nebraska (Big Ten)|
|11||Wisconsin (Big Ten)|
|12||South Carolina (SEC)|
|13||Virginia Tech (ACC)|
|14||TCU (Mountain West)|
|16||Notre Dame (Independent)|
|17||Michigan State (Big Ten)|
|18||Ohio State (Big Ten)|
|20||Mississippi State (SEC)|
|21||Missouri (Big 12)|
|24||West Virginia (Big East)|
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