Highlights from the poll …
***The No. 2 (TCU) and No. four (Penn State) groups on final week’s poll misplaced, making a shuffle on the high.
Just under the highest, truly. Alabama, which was idle, remained No. 1.
Georgia moved into the No. 2 spot after thumping Florida, however not due to it.
The Dawgs have what initially wasn’t, however has became arguably one of the best win the nation: Their one-point escape at Notre Dame again in Week Two.
The Irish are good, people, pretty much as good because the ’15 workforce that nearly made the Faculty Soccer Playoff and perhaps pretty much as good because the ’12 workforce that performed for the BCS title.
They’re the brand new No. three workforce on my poll after leaping 4 spots this week on the energy of 1) their win over N.C. State 2) USC’s efficiency at Arizona State and three) Georgia’s obliteration of Florida.
The Irish, in different phrases, have one loss (to a playoff-caliber workforce) and three wins over groups which can be 6-2 or higher (Michigan State, USC and N.C. State).
*** Oklahoma’s resume additionally improved markedly this weekend.
Iowa State’s victory over TCU added heft to the Sooners’ lone loss — a house loss to ISU that can not preserve them out of the CFP is that they run the desk.
Moreover, Ohio State’s win over Penn State tremendously helped Oklahoma, which received in Columbus in September.
The Sooners are No. 5 this week, simply behind Clemson, with the Buckeyes up 4 spots to the 6-hole, instantly behind Oklahoma.
*** Penn State was slotted No. 7 — how may they be wherever however one spot behind Ohio State following the thriller in Columbus — whereas TCU dropped to No. eight.
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*** Wisconsin moved up two spots, to No. 9, because of a slightly-improving resume:
Northwestern’s extra time victory over Michigan State lastly give the Badgers a semblance of a top quality win, seeing as how they beat Northwestern in late September.
However that’s it — that’s their solely win over a Energy 5 workforce with a successful report.
(Can’t wait to see how the choice committee treats them. On resume alone, they don’t deserve a spot within the high 4.)
*** Iowa State, which has overwhelmed TCU and Oklahoma this month, jumped eight spots, to No. 11.
That appears loopy: Iowa State as No. 11, in soccer, however the outcomes communicate for themselves.
The Cyclones misplaced to Iowa and Texas early however have rolled by October and are the primary workforce since 2011 (LSU) to beat two top-five groups in the identical season.
*** USC is the highest-rated Pac-12 workforce, leaping to No. 12 after pummeling Arizona State.
The Trojans have two losses whereas Washington (No. 15) has one, however there isn’t a comparability in high quality wins:
The Trojans have three which can be higher than UW’s finest.
*** Arizona entered the poll, sliding into the No. 18 gap, after hammering Washington State for his or her fourth consecutive win.
It wasn’t the WSU outcome alone that propelled the Wildcats. Houston’s win over USF additionally bolstered their resume.
(So, by the best way, did USC’s efficiency. A lot has occurred to Washington State since Sept. 30, however the Cougars have that head-to-head over the Trojans.)
Arizona is tough to judge and I’m inquisitive about their place, if any, within the AP ballot later this morning:. They’re primarily two groups, with and with out Khalil Tate.
However in addition they have what is popping into a foul loss on the resume, at residence to cratering Utah.
How a lot weight will voters give the Tate period outcomes vs. the pre-Tate outcomes?
In my thoughts … and this can be a purely subjective view … it helps that the Tate period now constitutes half of Arizona’s video games performed.
To the poll …
three. Notre Dame
6. Ohio State
7. Penn State
10. Oklahoma State
11. Iowa State
14. Virginia Tech
17. Mississippi State
19. N.C. State
20. Michigan State
24. Washington State
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