Buckeyes Hold Steady in Rankings
If you were a top-10 team and remained idle Saturday, it proved to be a good week for a bye. Three undefeated teams lost and three of the coaches top 10 fell in what was the wildest Saturday in an otherwise boring season. Ohio State avoided any inkling of an upset by not playing at all.
The Buckeyes remained third in the Coaches Poll and fourth in the AP.
The two clear losers from last night were Stanford and Michigan. Stanford took a nosedive in both polls, falling from a top five position to No. 13 in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll. Michigan fell out of the AP Poll after losing last night in State College in a sloppy, if exciting, four overtime contest. It still remains in the Coaches Poll, sitting at No. 24.
There are only two Big Ten teams in the AP Poll. Wisconsin rounds out the AP Poll at No. 25. Michigan and Nebraska are in the Coaches Poll, while Wisconsin is not.
While there is a lot of convergence near the top of both polls, both the Coaches Poll and AP Poll differ drastically in the higher teens and in the twenties. For example, Washington is No. 20 in the AP and No. 25 in the Coaches. Nebraska is No. 21 in the Coaches, but not ranked in the AP.
The story the AP advertised with its latest poll is that the SEC set a record by being the first conference to place eight teams in the AP Top 25. Fair enough, but Florida's position in the AP (and the Coaches, for that matter) is laughable. Florida keeps getting ranked this season because AP voters and coaches (or whoever is selecting on behalf of coaches) don't know that you don't have to keep ranking Florida.
Seriously, Florida stinks out loud as a team, living off its name while herp-a-derping past awful teams. Florida is the 2013 Michigan of the SEC. Stop voting for them until they prove otherwise.