Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Looking at the Pac-12 in the AP poll
By Kyle Bonagura
As far as the Pac-12 is concerned, there wasn't much of a shakeup in the first AP poll of the season that took actual games to take into account.
Oregon remained at No. 3, followed by No. 11 UCLA, No. 13 Stanford, No. 14 USC and No. 17 Arizona State. Washington, which began the season at No. 25, fell from the rankings after its narrow win against Hawaii.
Here's a closer look at the fluctuation of teams:
No. 3 Oregon: After receiving one first-place vote in the preseason poll, the Ducks received five this week. Only top-ranked Florida State (46) has more first-place votes than Oregon, which hosts No. 7 Michigan State this week. It will be the first nonconference matchup between top-10 teams in the history of Autzen Stadium. Oregon is just three points behind Alabama in the rankings.
No. 11 UCLA: Fell four spots from No. 7 after its 28-20 win at Virginia. Georgia (6), Michigan State (7), Texas A&M (9) and Baylor (10) are the four teams that jumped the Bruins.
No. 13 Stanford: It was hard to really learn much from the Cardinal's 45-0 win against UC Davis as far as how the team stacks up against the nation's elite, but it's still mildly amusing to see a team fall two spots with that kind of performance. Of course, it's also easy to explain considering the teams that jumped them -- Texas A&M and LSU -- both beat teams that are still in the Top 25.
No. 14 USC: Of the ranked Pac-12 teams in Week 1, USC had the best performance compared to what expectations were going into the game. The Trojans picked up about 100 points in the poll and moved up one spot.
No. 17 Arizona State: Like Oregon and Stanford, ASU treated its FCS opponent as expected. The Sun Devils are up two spots and were passed only by Texas A&M.
Washington: The Huskies received 34 votes, down from 130 in the preseason, which technically puts them at No. 34.
Arizona: The Wildcats picked up four votes after dismantling UNLV. And if you must know, that's good for No. 44.
Oregon State: After overcoming a halftime deficit against Portland State, the Beavers, who had 10 preseason votes, no longer have an AP support. However, the performance was good enough to pick up an extra vote in the coaches' poll -- jumping from four to five votes. Go figure.
The College Football Playoff committee, responsible for selecting the four teams to play in this year's inaugural playoff, will release its first Top 25 rankings Oct. 28 on ESPN.