Here’s the latest AP Top 25. I’ve added a few of my ACC-centric thoughts on it below.
|1. Alabama (59)||2-0||1,499||1|
|2. Oregon (1)||3-0||1,413||2|
|4. Ohio St.||3-0||1,330||4|
|8. Florida St.||2-0||1,058||10|
|10. Texas A&M||2-1||1,001||6|
|11. Oklahoma St.||3-0||848||12|
|12. South Carolina||2-1||821||13|
|22. Notre Dame||2-1||277||21|
|23. Arizona St.||2-0||229||NR|
|25. Texas Tech||3-0||60||NR|
Others Receiving Votes:
Michigan St. 59, Fresno St. 27, UCF 25, N. Illinois 24, Georgia Tech 17, Nebraska 15, Arizona 11, Auburn 9, Boise St. 4, TCU 3, Virginia Tech 3, Arkansas 2, Navy 1.
* Maybe it was the degree to which Florida State pounded on Nevada – with seemingly 15 different running backs scoring (it was four, actually). Maybe it was Jameis Winston Fever, or “FSU’S Back!” fever. Whatever the cause, the Seminoles picked up 47 points and leapfrogged over idle Georgia. Combine that with Texas A&M’s drop over losing to Alabama, and the Seminoles are now at No. 8. If you want to get all futuristic and include Louisville – and really, we’re just talking about the AP poll, so why not? – the ACC would have three of the top eight teams.
* Miami got bumped down one spot, from No. 15 to 16, through no fault of its own. The blame lies with Michigan, which can within one play of losing to Akron and thus was punished by the voters. That meant the Wolverines were dropped from No. 11 down 15, and that meant the Hurricanes went down a spot to make way.
* Georgia Tech added seven more points to continue its crawl up the Others Receiving Votes category. The Yellow Jackets now have the 30th-highest vote total in the country.
* Meanwhile, Virginia Tech’s near disaster at East Carolina costs the Hokies 12 votes. Frank Beamer’s team now has just three points as its seemingly eternal quest for offensive consistency continues.
* Still no sign of Maryland. The ACC’s only 3-0 team has yet to receive a vote in the AP poll.