October 23, 2014

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College football poll: Michigan falls out of Top 25

 

NEW YORK — Thud!
The final fallout from a disastrous opening weekend for Michigan came Tuesday, when the Wolverines dropped all the way out of The Associated Press Top 25, an unprecedented fall from No. 5 to unranked.
The Wolverines also dropped out of the USA Today coaches poll Top 25.
Since the AP poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989, no team has taken a bigger tumble in one week.
After an opening college football weekend filled with blowouts and highlighted by Appalachian State’s stunning 34-32 upset of Michigan at the Big House, there was little notable movement in the Top 25 other than the Wolverines.
Despite its 38-6 opening-season win over Youngstown State, Ohio State fell from 11th to 12th in the AP  poll and from 10th to 11th in the USA Today poll.
Southern California was voted No. 1 by the media panel, but the Trojans lost some support. USC received 62 first-place votes in the preseason poll. A lackluster 38-10 victory over Idaho led to the Trojans dropping to 59 first-place votes.
No. 2 LSU picked up those first-place votes, receiving five. No. 3 West Virginia received one first-place vote, the same as it did in the preseason.
No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Wisconsin moved up two spots. Oklahoma, tied for fifth, moved up three spots. No. 7 Texas fell three spots after slogging through a 21-13 home victory over Arkansas State.
No. 9 Virginia Tech held its place and plays at LSU on Saturday.
No. 10 California moved up two spots after a 45-31 victory over Tennessee. The Volunteers dropped eight spots to No. 23.
Florida State also fell out of the rankings. The Seminoles were 19th heading into their season opener at Clemson and lost 24-18 in the Bowden Bowl.
As for Michigan, the Wolverines became the first ranked team from Division I-A, now known as the Bowl Subdivision, to lose to a team from
I-AA, now known as the Championship Subdivision.
“It hurts because you don’t like losing,” Michigan linebacker Chris Graham said Monday. “But how far can you hold your head down? I’m not holding my head down at all. You’ve got to move on forward.”
Michigan received 39 points from the media voters in the Top 25, including a 16th place vote by Wayne Phillips from The Greenville (Tenn.) Sun.
“I still think Michigan has a good football team,” he said. “I think they’re worthy of being ranked. They may prove me wrong.”
Phillips said he gave Michigan some leeway because he’s very familiar with Appalachian State, the two-time defending I-AA champions.
“They’re a pretty darn good football team,” he said. “If Michigan had lost to some of the other patsies some of the big teams played I could see dropping them out.”
Appalachian State is not eligible for the AP Top 25, which only ranks Bowl Subdivision teams. The Wolverines host Oregon on Saturday.
Before Michigan’s fall, Notre Dame held the ignominious record for largest drop in the rankings in the Top 25-era. The Fighting Irish dropped 16 spots — from No. 9 to No. 25 — after losing to Northwestern 17-15 on Sept. 3, 1995.
Texas dropped 15 spots in 1997, going from ninth to 24th after a 66-3 loss to UCLA in September 1997. Louisville also fell 15 spots — 11th to unranked — in September 2005 after losing to South Florida.
The highest ranked team to fall from the poll after one loss was No. 2 Oklahoma in 1959, when the AP was ranking the top 20 teams. Later that season Army went from No. 4 to unranked.
In 1950, Tennessee went from No. 4 to unranked in October and in 1960 Illinois fall out of the ranking from No. 4.

.The Associated Press
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
 W-L Pts Pvs
  1. Southern Cal (59) 1-0 1,619 1
  2. LSU (5) 1-0 1,542 2
  3. West Virginia (1) 1-0 1,449 3
  4. Florida 1-0 1,346 6
  5. Oklahoma 1-0 1,275 8
  5. Wisconsin 1-0 1,275 7
  7. Texas 1-0 1,221 4
  8. Louisville 1-0 1,152 10
  9. Virginia Tech 1-0 1,085 9
10. California 1-0 1,080 12
11. Georgia 1-0 959 13
12. Ohio State 1-0 940 11
13. UCLA 1-0 736 14
14. Penn State 1-0 662 17
15. Rutgers 1-0 659 16
16. Nebraska 1-0 541 20
17. Auburn 1-0 519 18
18. Arkansas 1-0 450 21
19. TCU 1-0 384 22
20. Hawaii 1-0 335 23
21. Georgia Tech 1-0 278 —
22. Boise State 1-0 267 24
23. Texas A&M 1-0 217 25
24. Tennessee 0-1 210 15
25. Clemson 1-0 195 —

Others receiving votes: Boston College 126, Missouri 116, Miami 91, Oregon 90, Alabama 74, Oregon St. 41, Michigan 39, South Carolina 39, BYU 27, South Florida 27, Florida St. 22, Arizona St. 19, Southern Miss. 9, Wake Forest 7, Kansas 1, Washington 1.

USA Today
The Top 25 teams in the USA Today college football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
 W-L Pts Pvs
  1. Southern Cal (49) 1-0 1,486 1
  2. LSU (4) 1-0 1,417 2
  3. Florida (7) 1-0 1,341 3
  4. West Virginia 1-0 1,275 6
  5. Wisconsin 1-0 1,183 7
  6. Oklahoma 1-0 1,146 8
  7. Texas 1-0 1,136 4
  8. Louisville 1-0 995 11
  9. Virginia Tech 1-0 988 9
10. California 1-0 985 12
11. Ohio State 1-0 977 10
12. Georgia 1-0 796 13
13. Auburn 1-0 644 14
14. UCLA 1-0 607 17
15. Penn State 1-0 585 18
16. Rutgers 1-0 576 16
17. Nebraska 1-0 512 19
18. Arkansas 1-0 455 20
19. TCU 1-0 351 22
20. Boise State 1-0 315 23
21. Georgia Tech 1-0 311 NR
22. Hawaii 1-0 269 24
23. Texas A&M 1-0 214 25
24. Tennessee 0-1 162 15
25. Boston College 1-0 153 NR

Others receiving votes: Clemson 145; Michigan 132; Miami (Fla.) 61; Brigham Young 49; Oregon 41; South Carolina 34; Missouri 29; Texas Tech 25; Oregon State 24; Alabama 21; South Florida 20; Southern Mississippi 16; Florida State 14; Kentucky 4; Arizona State 3; Iowa 1; Wake Forest 1; Washington 1.