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Week 7 Poll Review: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!

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An 18-point Top-10 road win isn't enough to move the needle for 20 AP voters.

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The AP Top 25

Utah keeps riding their Oregon win and gaining traction. The Utes have 16 first-place votes, but someone needs to explain to me how the #3 team in the country is an underdog to an unranked .500 USC team this weekend. They have wins over #15 Michigan and #20 Cal, and they don't have any other currently-ranked teams on their schedule until the Pac-12 title game.

TCU fell from #3 to #4 after their win over Iowa State, but the Horned Frogs still have to play West Virginia, at #14 Oklahoma State, at #17 Oklahoma, and #2 Baylor.

Michigan State remains at #7 after a miracle win over Michigan. They get Nebraska on November 7 and Ohio State two weeks later.

For the first time since 1979, two teams from Pennsylvania are ranked and neither are named Penn State (#22 Temple, #25 Pittsburgh).

The SEC is holding steady with 5 teams in the Top 25. Ole Miss is at #24 after losing to Memphis and will find themselves out of the Top 25 if they lose to Texas A&M this week.

Bama in the AP

Alabama jumped from #10 to #8 after beating Texas A&M, who fell from #9 to #15.

The Crimson Tide resoundingly answered three pressing questions this weekend: Could the offensive line open holes and protect the QB against A&M's vaunted defensive line, could Bama's young corners limit A&M's explosive receivers, and can Nick Saban beat a spread offense?

The Tide left Kyle Field with an 18-point road win over a Top 10 team, but 20 of the 61 AP voters either didn't move Alabama or ranked them lower than last week:

  • 16 voters ranked Bama the same as last week.
  • Ed Daigneault and Matt Charboneau dropped Bama from 5 to 6.
  • Joey Knight dropped Bama from 5 to 7.
  • Rustin Dodd dropped Bama from 6 to 8.

Chris Murray gave Bama their worst ranking...for the 4th week in a row.

The good news is that two voters already have Bama in their Top 4: Ed Johnson ranked Bama #3 and Sam McKewon has Bama at #4.

Voter Alabama
Ed Johnson 3
Sam McKewon 4
Eric Hansen 5
Jon Wilner 5
Kirk Bohls 5
Rob Long 5
Bob Asmussen 6
David Briggs 6
Ed Daigneault 6
Laura Keeley 6
Matt Charboneau 6
Nathan Deen 6
Pete DiPrimio 6
Tom Murphy 6
Adam Jude 7
Adam Zucker 7
Brent Axe 7
Brian Howell 7
Dave Reardon 7
Duane Rankin 7
Gary Horowitz 7
Joey Knight 7
John Clay 7
Mike Sands 7
Robert Cessna 7
Scott Hamilton 7
Scott Wolf 7
Brett McMurphy 8
Chadd Cripe 8
Doug Lesmerises 8
Eric Avidon 8
Garland Gillen 8
Gary Smits 8
Jay Binkley 8
Jeff Seidel 8
Jim Dunaway 8
Joel Klatt 8
John Shinn 8
Ken Medlin 8
Marc Weiszer 8
Michael Lev 8
Mike Sorensen 8
Robert Gagliardi 8
Ross Dellenger 8
Rustin Dodd 8
Steve Layman 8
Tim Griffin 8
Doug Doughty 9
Jim Polzin 9
Jimmy Burch 9
John Adams 9
Josh Kendall 9
Keith Sargeant 9
Matt McCoy 9
Mitch Vingle 9
Nate Sandell 9
Ryan Finley 9
Sam Werner 9
Steve Batterson 9
Tom D'Angelo 9
Chris Murray 10

The Coaches Poll

Georgia sneaked back into the Coaches Top 25 with a 9-6 "win" over Missouri.

The Massey Composite

Averaging each team's ranking across 55 sources from the Massey index gives us this Top 5:

  1. Ohio State (average ranking 4.3)
  2. Utah (4.4)
  3. Alabama (6.1)
  4. Clemson (6.5)
  5. Baylor (7.1)

Alabama is Underrated, LSU Overrated

Throughout the season, the computer average has warned when the human polls were wrong about a team, and now they're saying that #8 Alabama should be closer to #6 and #5 LSU should be #8. We'll see who's right when LSU visits Tuscaloosa on November 7.

Alabama is #1 in eight sources' rankings. Vern has the Tide at #21.

The SEC

Team AP Coaches Average High Low
Alabama Crimson Tide
8 8 6.1 1 21
LSU Tigers
5 5 8.1 1 26
Florida Gators
13 14 11.3 3 29
Texas A&M Aggies
15 16 17.5 9 28
Ole Miss Rebels
24 23 26.5 9 46
Mississippi State Bulldogs
26 26 27.4 15 47
Georgia Bulldogs
31 25 31.8 7 52
Tennessee Volunteers
35.8 13 67
Auburn Tigers
42.6 24 78
Arkansas Razorbacks
51.6 13 83
Kentucky Wildcats
52.9 31 79
Missouri Tigers
54.6 42 66
South Carolina Gamecocks
68.8 55 88
Vanderbilt Commodores
84.0 66 103