AP College Football Polls: Three Teams Who Should Be Out This Week
Six AP top 25 teams lost this weekend. These three teams deserve to pick up the paper on Monday and see themselves outside the top 25.
The absolutely pitiful performances of these three teams has to leave voters shaking their collective heads wondering why they were ranked to begin with.
These three will have their work cut out for them if they want to regain a ranking later this season. Let's take a look at each one and reassess where they each stand in the 2011 college football season.
Honorable Mention: Michigan State
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Michigan State had a terrible performance at Notre Dame this weekend. When the rankings come out, they may very well be outside the top 25 with their 2-1 record.
The only thing that may save the Spartans from being knocked from the polls is the fact that Notre Dame is viewed as a talented side who had two bad losses to start the season, and the game for MSU was on the road.
MSU lost 31-13 in a game it never led. AP voters will be hard-pressed to vote this team into the top 25.
A deeper look inside the numbers does show that MSU did have some good statistics, Cousins threw for over 300 yards and they won the time of possession battle—but, costly turnovers and mental errors like Dantonio's decision to fake a field goal late in the first half cost the Spartans a shot at victory.
3. Arizona State
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Coming off a thrilling upset win over Missouri last Thursday, the Sun Devils of ASU may have had their moment in the sun this season.
They travelled to Champaign, IL to take on the Illini this weekend.
Managing just 14 points, ASU somehow managed to lead in the fourth quarter, 14-10.
Then, they allowed Illinois to march down the field, and Nathan Scheelhaase (pictured) hit A.J. Jenkins for the game winning touchdown, a 16-yard strike with 1:31 remaining.
Scoring just 14 points in a game against an un-ranked team never sits well with voters. ASU will be knocked out this afternoon.
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Auburn struggled in week 1, rallying from ten down with just over a minute to go to shock Utah State. Voters took notice and knocked the Tigers out of the top 25.
The next week, Auburn responded by upsetting Mississippi State, and moving to 2-0. Voters responded by sending Auburn back into the top 25.
This week, the Tigers led Clemson 14-0 in the first quarter.
The Tigers of Clemson went on to blow past Auburn, winning 38-24 in a shocking 28 point in-game turnaround.
Auburn looked overmatched in the remaining three quarters, and the defending champs will have their work cut out for them to return to the top 25.
Michael Dyer (pictured) did the best he could, rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yard scamper to open the scoring.
1. The Ohio State University
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Without question, the worst performance of the weekend came from Ohio State.
They travelled to Miami with their No. 17 ranking to play a Hurricanes team that is embroiled in nearly as much scandal as Ohio State.
Miami manhandled the Bucks all night long.
They held the Bucks to just two field goals, but that was just half the story.
Starting quarterback Joe Bauserman (pictured) completed just 2 of his 14 pass attempts for a meager 13 yards.
He was replaced by Freshman, Braxton Miller who wasn't much better. Miller completed two of his four attempts for 22 yards, but threw an interception.
The running game wasn't awful for Ohio State as Jordan Hall totalled 87 yards and Carlos Hyde went for 54.
The Bucks lost a non-conference road game to an un-ranked team for the first time since losing to Pitt in 1998.
To make matters worse, this loss came on the heels of an awful performance against Toledo, a game OSU barely won 27-22.
They will likely be outside the AP poll for the first time since 2004.