AP Top 25 College Football Poll 2011: 3 Rankings the AP Got Wrong
After a wild and turbulent first week of the college football season, the new AP college football rankings have finally been released.
There were several teams that moved in the rankings, and the majority of the moves were warranted. However, some of the rankings in the new AP poll are incorrect.
Here are three rankings the media got wrong.
|4. Boise State||1-0||5|
|5. Florida State||1-0||6|
|7. Texas A&M||1-0||8|
|9. Oklahoma State||1-0||9|
|11. Virginia Tech||1-0||13|
|12. South Carolina||1-0||12|
|15. Ohio State||1-0||18|
|16. Mississippi State||1-0||20|
|17. Michigan State||1-0||17|
|19. West Virginia||1-0||24|
|22. South Florida||1-0||NR|
|23. Penn State||1-0||NR|
1. TCU at No. 25
In front of a national audience on Friday night, TCU stumbled out of the gate and was upset by Baylor, 50-48.
TCU routinely has one of the best scoring defenses in the nation, but after giving up 50, it looks like TCU’s defense has some work to do.
With the defense struggling this bad, TCU is not a Top 25 team and should have been left out of the rankings, with Arizona State rounding out the Top 25 instead.
2. LSU at No. 2
In one of the most anticipated games of the season, the LSU Tigers stomped the Oregon Ducks, 40-27, despite having their starting quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, declared ineligible for the game.
To the media, LSU looked so good that they leapfrogged Alabama to claim the No. 2 spot in the rankings.
What is the biggest flaw in the new rankings?
Yes, LSU looked great and is a national championship contender, but at this time the Alabama Crimson Tide should still be considered the favorite in the SEC.
Alabama displayed its depth in their 48-7 win over Kent State, and after the Crimson Tide go up to University Park and beat Penn State, they should once again be ranked as the No. 2 team in the nation.
3. Wisconsin at No. 8
Though they’ve only played one game, the Wisconsin Badgers look like the class of the Big Ten and legitimate national championship contenders.
New quarterback Russell Wilson was very impressive in the Badgers’ 51-17 victory over UNLV, going 10-13 for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson also ran for a 46-yard touchdown, vaulting him into the Heisman discussion.
Wisconsin is one of the best teams in the nation and should be ranked higher than No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 6 Stanford.
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