The final AP Poll is out, and unsurprisingly, the Crimson Tide finish at the top. After their loss in the national title game, Notre Dame drops three spots to No. 4. Five SEC teams finished in the Top 10, and two more finished in the Top 25. Louisville moved up nine spots, the biggest gain, from No. 22 to No. 13. Northern Illinois fell six spots, from No. 16 to No. 22, the biggest drop. Texas and Vanderbilt entered the rankings at Nos. 19 and 23, respectively.
The final BCS standings and AP Poll were released today, and the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide maintained their spots at the top of both lists. Six of the top 10 teams in the BCS are from the SEC, while five SEC teams make the top 10 of the AP Poll. In the BCS standings, Northern Illinois had the biggest gain of the week, moving up six spots from No. 21 to No. 16, to earn a trip to the Orange Bowl. To do that, they beat Kent State, who had the biggest drop of the week, falling eight places from No. 17 to No. 25. Louisville also went from being unranked last week to No. 21 this week. In the AP Poll, Boise State had the biggest jump of the week, moving up five spots from No. 25 to No. 20. Kent State again had the biggest fall, moving down seven places, from No. 18 to No. 25. Texas and Oklahoma State, previously Nos. 23 and 24, respectively, dropped out of the Top 25, while Louisville and San Jose State entered at Nos. 22 and 24, respectively.
After they both won convincingly on Saturday night, Notre Dame and Alabama have retained the top two spots in both the BCS standings and the AP Poll. Six of the top 10 teams in the BCS and five of the top 10 in the AP Poll are from the SEC, as has been the case for weeks now. In the BCS standings the top nine teams remain the same. Kent State had the biggest gain of the week, moving from No. 23 to No. 17, while Florida State and Clemson had the biggest drops of the week, both falling three places, from Nos. 10 and 11 to Nos. 13 and 14, respectively. Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Utah State, and San Jose State (at Nos. 21, 22, 24, and 25, respectively) all entered the BCS Top 25 this week. In the AP Poll, Kent State, Northern Illinois, and Utah State had the biggest gains of the week, all moving up five spots (from Nos. 23-25 to 18-20, respectively), while Texas fell five places, from No. 18 to No. 23. Northwestern and Boise State both entered the Top 25 this week (at Nos. 22 and 25, respectively), while Louisville, Rutgers, and Mississippi State (previously Nos. 19, 21, and 25, respectively) dropped out.
After the chaos of last night, Notre Dame has emerged as the No. 1 team in the country in both the BCS standings and the AP Poll. Alabama has moved back up and into the No. 2 spot, and the SEC dominates the Top 10, with Georgia, Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M all making appearances. Stanford moved up five spots in the BCS standings, from No. 13 to No. 8, which is the biggest gain of the week. Kansas State fell five spots, from No. 1 to No. 6, the biggest drop of the week. Boise State, Kent State, and Arizona (Nos. 22-24, respectively) all entered the BCS Top 25 this week. In the AP Poll, Oklahoma State had the biggest gain of the week, going from unranked to No. 22, while Kansas State had the biggest fall of the week, going from No. 2 to No. 7. Northern Illinois, Mississippi State, and Utah State entered the Top 25, while Louisiana Tech, Southern Cal, and Texas Tech (previously Nos. 19, 21, and 23, respectively) dropped from the rankings.
After being upset at home by Texas A&M, Alabama finally dropped out of the top spot in both the BCS standings and AP Poll. Kansas State took over the No. 1 spot in the BCS, while Oregon’s tops in the AP Poll. The Tide dropped to No. 4 in both sets of rankings. Of the Top 10 teams in the BCS, six are from the SEC; half of the AP’s Top 10 come from that conference. In the BCS standings, the Aggies had the biggest jump, moving up seven spots from No. 15 to No. 8, while Louisville had the biggest drop, falling from No. 9 to No. 19. In the AP Poll, Texas A&M and Louisville also had the biggest rise and fall, with the Aggies going up six spots from No. 15 to No. 9 and the Cardinals dropping from No. 11 to No. 20. Michigan and Kent State entered the rankings at Nos. 23 and 25, respectively, while Mississippi State and Toledo, previously Nos. 22 and 23, dropped out of the rankings.
Despite barely beating LSU Saturday night, Alabama maintained their No. 1 spot in both the AP Top 25 and the BCS rankings this week. The Top 10 spots in the BCS and AP Poll are taken by the same teams as last week, though a few have shifted position. The SEC still has five teams in the BCS Top 10 and four in the AP Top 10. UCLA, Northwestern, Toledo, and Rutgers all earned places in the BCS rankings this week, while Texas, Toledo, and Rutgers all entered the AP Top 25. Texas moved up six spots in the BCS rankings, the biggest jump of the week, while Mississippi State dropped six places, the biggest fall. In the AP Poll, UCLA moved up eight spots, the biggest gain of the week, while Mississippi State and Texas Tech both fell five places, the biggest drops. Boise State, West Virginia, and Arizona (previously Nos. 19, 23, and 24, respectively) all fell out of the AP Top 25 this week.
For the ninth straight week, Alabama is the No. 1 team in the country. Four other SEC teams (LSU, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina) are all within the BCS Top 10, and Mississippi State and Texas A&M are in the Top 25. Nebraska, Arizona, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana Tech all entered the BCS Top 25 this week, Louisville moved up six spots (from No. 16 to No. 10), and Southern Cal had the biggest drop of the week, going from No. 9 t0 No. 17. In the AP Poll, Rutgers, Michigan, and Ohio (previously Nos. 18, 20, 23, respectively) fell out of the Top 25, while Nebraska, UCLA, and Arizona earned a spot. South Carolina and Texas A&M both moved up six spots, the biggest jump of the week, while Southern Cal had the biggest fall of the week as they dropped eight places, from No. 10 to No. 18.
For the eighth week in a row (in other words, the entire season so far), Alabama is No. 1 in the AP Poll. They’ve also got the top spot in the BCS rankings for the second straight week. The rankings look very similar to last week in both polls, though Cincinnati (previously No. 21) dropped out of the AP Top 25 and Louisiana Tech got put back in the Top 25. Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin all entered the BCS rankings, while Iowa State, TCU, and Cincinnati fell out. South Carolina had the biggest drop of the week in the AP Poll, falling nine spots after being routed by Florida. West Virginia was the second worst, falling eight spots after being blown out by Kansas State. In the BCS rankings, the Gamecocks and Mountaineers each fell six places.
Alabama held strong and remained the unanimous No. 1 team in this week’s AP Poll. Oregon, who had a bye week, also stayed at No. 2, but losses by South Carolina (previously No. 3) and West Virginia (previously No. 5) caused some shifts in the Top 5 and Top 10. WVU fell 12 places, the biggest drop of the week, Texas (previously No. 10) and Louisiana Tech (previously No. 23) were dropped completely from the rankings, and Texas Tech and Ohio both entered the Top 25.
The first set of BCS rankings were also released today and the Top 10 are as follows:
- Kansas State
- Notre Dame
- South Carolina
- Oregon State
- Southern Cal
The newest AP Poll is out, and there are significant changes following a day in which Nos. 3, 4, and 5 all lost. Cincinnati, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech, Boise State, and Michigan all received spots in the Top 25 this week, while TCU, Nebraska, Washington, Northwestern, and UCLA all dropped out. The biggest movers of the week were both from the SEC. Florida went up six places, to No. 4 from No. 10 after beating LSU, and Georgia fell nine spots, from No. 5 to No. 14 after losing to South Carolina. Alabama, who had a bye this week, was still voted the unanimous No. 1.