September 28, 2009

Many changes in FB poll, but not on top

A series of upsets involving Top 10 teams shook the USA Today Coaches' Poll but left Florida, Texas and Alabama at the top of rankings released Monday.

Penn State (3-1) dropped from No. 4 to 13th and Mississippi (2-1) and California (3-1) each plunged 13 places to 18th and 19th, respectively, after losses Saturday.

Only four teams are in the same place in the rankings they were last week: Top-rated Florida (4-0), which received 58 first-place votes; No. 2 Texas (4-0), which got one first-place vote; No. 3 Alabama (4-0), and Nebraska (3-1), which remained at No. 24.

Louisiana State (4-0) went from seventh to fourth this week and Boise State (4-0) also improved three places, to fifth, while Virginia Tech (3-1) was up six to No. 6. Southern California (3-1) went from 10th to seventh, Oklahoma (2-1) is eighth after a week at No. 9, Ohio State (3-1), 11th a week ago is ninth, and Texas Christian (3-0) is 10th after a week at No. 14.

Cincinnati (4-0) tops the second 10 with Oklahoma State (3-1) at 12th, Georgia (3-1) checking in after Penn State and Houston (3-0) up from 23rd to 15th.

Kansas (4-0) jumped to 16th ahead of Iowa (4-0), Mississippi, California and No. 20 Michigan (4-0). Miami (Fla.) (2-1) and Brigham Young (3-1) tied for 21st with No. 23 Missouri (4-0), Nebraska and Oregon (3-1) completing the Top 25.

Iowa and Oregon are new to the poll this week as North Carolina and Florida State dropped out of the Top 25.