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Flawda's #1, Vern!: Week 4 Ranking Review

61 AP voters, 62 computer rankings, 63 coaches, and not a damn clue.

Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators find themselves 4-0 and #1 in one source's ranking.
Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators find themselves 4-0 and #1 in one source's ranking.
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The AP Top 25

Central Michigan was within 7 points of #2 Michigan State going into the fourth quarter of their game Saturday. The Spartans scored 13 in the fourth to win by 20, but it cost them three first-place votes. The Big Ten remains 1-2 atop the poll.

Ole Miss only beat Vandy by 11 after only leading by 7 going into the fourth. It cost them one first-place vote, but they're still #3.

TCU needed a last-second tipped ball touchdown to outlast Texas Tech, and the Horned Frogs fell from a tie for #3 to #4.

UCLA beat then-#16 Arizona by 26 on the road and jumped from #9 to #7, and Utah canceled Duck Dynasty by beating then-#13 Oregon by six touchdowns, knocking Oregon out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2009 and promoting the Utes to #10.

But pollsters don't know how much credit Utah should get for beating an Oregon team that finds itself 2-2 with wins over FCS Eastern Washington and Georgia State. John Clay voted the Utes #1, but Ed Daigneault has them at #16. That makes Utah the first team to get a first-place vote and a double-digit vote four weeks into the season.

Kentucky knocked Missouri out of the Top 25, beating Auburn got Mississippi State back in, and Florida returns to the Top 25 after beating Tennessee. (Scott Wolf ranked Tennessee #22 but did not have Florida in his Top 25.)

Bama in the AP

Despite a rough first half on offense, Alabama pitched a shutout and beat ULM 34-0. It was enough for Mitch Vingle to jump the Tide from #9 to #5. But Chris Murray wasn't impressed and dropped Bama from #14 to #17.

Voter Alabama
Mitch Vingle 5
Ed Johnson 6
Dave Reardon 7
Eric Hansen 7
Jon Wilner 8
Pete DiPrimio 9
Ed Daigneault 10
Gary Horowitz 10
Kirk Bohls 10
Tom Murphy 10
Bob Asmussen 11
Chadd Cripe 11
Doug Lesmerises 11
Duane Rankin 11
Eric Avidon 11
Gary Smits 11
Jay Binkley 11
Laura Keeley 11
Matt Charboneau 11
Michael Lev 11
Tim Griffin 11
Adam Jude 12
Adam Zucker 12
Brian Howell 12
Joey Knight 12
Ken Medlin 12
Matt McCoy 12
Mike Sands 12
Mike Sorensen 12
Nate Sandell 12
Ross Dellenger 12
Rustin Dodd 12
Ryan Finley 12
Scott Hamilton 12
Steve Batterson 12
Garland Gillen 13
Jeff Seidel 13
Jim Dunaway 13
Jim Polzin 13
Joel Klatt 13
Josh Kendall 13
Marc Weiszer 13
Robert Gagliardi 13
Scott Wolf 13
Brent Axe 14
Brett McMurphy 14
Doug Doughty 14
Jimmy Burch 14
John Adams 14
John Clay 14
Keith Sargeant 14
Rob Long 14
Robert Cessna 14
Tom D'Angelo 14
David Briggs 15
John Shinn 15
Sam McKewon 15
Sam Werner 15
Steve Layman 15
Nathan Deen 16
Chris Murray 17

The USA Today Coaches Poll

TCU and Michigan State swapped spots in this week's Coaches Poll. Florida and Mississippi State are back in, and someone's still voting for Auburn, who checks in at #38.

The Massey Composite

Combining 62 computer sources and the two major polls gives us the following Top 6:

  1. Ohio State (average rank 5.1)
  2. Ole Miss (7.5)
  3. UCLA (7.5)
  4. LSU (8.5)
  5. Georgia (9.6)
  6. Alabama (9.6)

Florida is now the sixth-highest ranked SEC team. Auburn is tenth in the conference, and Arkansas has fallen to 13th.

Twelve SEC teams are in at least one source's Top 25; only South Carolina and Vanderbilt are not. Florida finds itself ranked #1 in Vern's rankings, which may or may not be based on Jim Varney's Ernest Plays Football. Along with Ole Miss, Georgia, Alabama and LSU, Florida makes the fifth SEC team to be ranked #1 by someone.

The Regression-Based rankings (RBA) have Auburn ranked #6 because numbers mean nothing and football isn't real.

Bama in the Massey Composite

The same ranking source that has Florida #1 has Bama #55, so I guess that confirms the fears that the Saban dynasty is dead. The Tide is #1 in rankings from six sources.

Team AP Coaches Average High Low
Ole Miss Rebels 3 5 7.5 1 23
LSU Tigers 9 8 8.5 1 30
Georgia Bulldogs 8 2 9.6 1 36
Alabama Crimson Tide 13 3 9.6 1 55
Texas A&M Aggies 14 12 15.1 3 43
Florida Gators 25 20 20.3 1 45
Mississippi State Bulldogs 21 17 25.4 10 42
Tennessee Volunteers 42 32 37.9 14 71
Kentucky Wildcats 34 43.5 22 71
Auburn Tigers 29 47.0 6 85
Missouri Tigers 37 47.0 17 82
South Carolina Gamecocks 43 53.8 33 111
Arkansas Razorbacks 46 58.7 23 114
Vanderbilt Commodores 80 79.5 28 110