FSU falls again in the AP Poll despite not playing

Aaron Brown
September 19, 2017

There is a consensus of who the top 10 teams are in both the AP and Coaches Polls, with several just moving a spot or two different from the other. Clemson (15) 3. Oklahoma (1) 4. Clemson received 15 first-place votes, with the Sooners receiving the remaining vote. USC's close encounter with Texas, out of the Big 12, allowed Penn State to jump over the Trojans into the fourth spot in both major polls. Oklahoma 4. Penn State 5. The Tigers quickly have shown they are still a legitimate threat to win a national title by smothering Auburn last week and then routing Lamar Jackson and Louisville on Saturday. Quarterback Kelly Bryant completed 22 of his 32 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown during the 47-21 win while wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud hauled in seven receptions for 115 yards and a score. The majority of movement came as a result of one ranked team knocking off another, with very few upsets of ranked squads by those outside the Top 25. Alabama is second at 26 straight weeks.

I flipped Oklahoma State and Ohio State in the eighth and ninth spots this week on the basis of the Cowboys' work at Pitt. Three Big Ten teams round out the top 10 - MI (3-0), Wisconsin (3-0) and Ohio State (2-1).

The first of six College Football Playoff rankings won't be revealed until October 31, giving the 13 members of the selection committee ample time to watch teams develop before attempting to decipher some form of a playoff pecking order. The ACC and Pac-12 each has five.

Mississippi State's defense is probably better than expected, and with their 37-7 victory, the Bulldogs emerged from Week 3 as a contender in the SEC West, but LSU's ineptitude on offense was glaring.

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New kids on the block: No. 19 Mississippi State, No. 24 Oregon, No. 25 San Diego State.

Stanford fell out of the poll. The Sooners (3-0) dropped to No. 3 after spending a week as the No. 2 team in the nation.

The highest ranked Group of Five team also resides in the state of Florida as the USF Bulls now sit at No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the Coaches poll. Meanwhile, Florida State fell a spot to No. 12.

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