Oregon leaps 'Bama for No. 2; Big Ten drops considerably in Week 3 AP Poll

Sunday September 7th, 2014

Week 2 saw the first big shakeup in the AP poll as marquee matchups between top teams led to some movement up and down the top 25. USC was one of the bigger winners after the Trojans topped Stanford, moving from No. 14 to No. 9. Virginia Tech entered the poll at No. 17 after the Hokies’ 35-21 win over Ohio State, while the Buckeyes dropped from No. 8 to No. 22.

The full top 25 is below (with first-place votes in parentheses), followed by three quick thoughts on this week’s results:

1. Florida State (38)

2. Oregon (16)

3. Alabama (1)

4. Oklahoma (2)

5. Auburn

6. Georgia (1)

7. Texas A&M (2)

8. Baylor

9. USC

10. LSU

11. Notre Dame

12. UCLA

13. Michigan State

14. Ole Miss

15. Stanford

16. Arizona State

17. Virginia Tech

18. Wisconsin

19. Kansas State

20. Missouri

21. Louisville

22. Ohio State

23. Clemson

24. South Carolina

25. BYU

  • UCLA dropped from 11th to 12th after the Bruins struggled to put away Memphis at home on Saturday night. I expected Jim Mora’s team to drop a lot more after two straight weeks of shaky play, but it’s possible the game being late at night and on the Pac-12 Network (which still isn’t widely available) might have eluded some pollsters. A lot of people (myself included) had UCLA as a sleeper for the college football playoff with some stars on defense and a Heisman hopeful in Brett Hundley, but inconsistency on both sides of the ball has made the Bruins look extremely vulnerable.
  • College Football
    College football week 2 highlights

    Much has been made already about how rough a week the Big Ten had, and the polls reflected that. The league has no teams in the top 10, and its highest ranked team, Michigan State, dropped six spots after the Spartans lost to Oregon on Saturday evening. Nebraska dropped out after being ranked 19th last week, Ohio State is on shaky ground at No. 22 with an inexperienced offensive line and a redshirt freshman quarterback and Wisconsin (ranked 18th this week) is 1-1 after putting away an FCS opponent in Western Illinois.

  • The voters still think defending national champion Florida State is the best team overall, but the gap is closing. The Seminoles picked up 38 first-place votes, down from 46 a week ago, and they basically coasted through a win over The Citadel on Saturday. Oregon received 16 first-place votes, while Texas A&M had two, Oklahoma had two, Alabama had one and Georgia had one.

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