Here are the AP and Coaches polls, plus a Sunday computer ranking. We’ll add another computer Monday, then mash them all together. Florida State remains No. 1, Mississippi State scores its highest AP ranking ever, and Ole Miss has its highest since 1964.
Week 6 was college football’s wildest slate of games yet, with an incredible 11 of the Top 25 teams losing (including five top-10 teams).
Expect Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M to fall, but who replaces them at the top? Florida State is still undefeated, as are Auburn, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. Could Notre Dame sneak into the top four after a win over Stanford? What about TCU, sitting at 4-0 after upsetting the Sooners? This is the first time this college football season that there are real questions surrounding the week’s new polls.
We’ll update this post with all the Top 25 polls as they come out Sunday afternoon, capping it off Monday with our composite ranking, combining all four of the rankings.
First, the Sagarin ratings, which cares little for your head-to-head results, TCU and Mississippi State, and the Coaches Poll, with some major shake-ups. [Update: the Coaches and AP polls are here.]
|1||Florida State||Florida State||Auburn|
|3||Mississippi State, Ole Miss (tie)||Baylor||Ole Miss|
|6||Notre Dame||Mississippi State||Texas A&M|
|8||Michigan State||Michigan State||Mississippi State|
|14||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Michigan State|
|15||Ohio State||Ohio State||Stanford|
|16||Oklahoma State||Kansas State||LSU|
|17||Kansas State||UCLA||Ohio State|
|19||East Carolina||East Carolina||USC|
|20||Arizona State||Arizona State||Florida|
The four rankings we use:
The Associated Press Top 25: The longest-running and best-respected human poll. Didn’t have any official bearing on the latter years of the BCS, and won’t have any official bearing on the Playoff. Expect it to set the course for the committee, however, as most outlets (including SB Nation) will use the AP’s rankings as the standard until the committee takes over in October. Usually comes out Sundays around 2 p.m. ET.
The USA Today Coaches Poll: Formerly part of the BCS, and now just a poll. It tends to be more conservative than the AP’s. Though polling athletic departments in order to rank other athletic departments is dubious, we still want multiple human polls in here, and it’s the other big one. Releases early Sunday afternoons.
Jeff Sagarin’s Sagarin Rating: An early-morning insta-ranking that combines three of Sagarin’s computer formulas into one. This is not the formula the BCS used, which excluded margin of victory.
Football Outsiders’ F/+ rating: A synthesis of ratings by smart persons Bill Connelly and Brian Fremeau and our personal go-to overall team stat. It tends to come out later than the others.
Last week’s composite Top 25:
|5||Auburn||5.5||5||Auburn||Auburn||Ole Miss||Texas A&M|
|6||Texas A&M||7.25||6||Texas A&M||Baylor||Florida State||UCLA|
|7||Baylor||7.5||7||Baylor||Texas A&M||Mississippi State||Georgia|
|9||Stanford||10||9||Notre Dame||UCLA||Baylor||Florida State|
|10||Ole Miss||10.5||10||Michigan State||Michigan State||LSU||Stanford|
|11||Michigan State||11||11||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Texas A&M||Michigan State|
|12||Georgia||12||12||Mississippi State||Georgia||USC||Notre Dame|
|13||Notre Dame||12.25||13||Georgia||Stanford||Michigan State||LSU|
|15||Mississippi State||14.25||15||LSU||LSU||UCLA||Ole Miss|
|17||Wisconsin||17||17||Wisconsin||Nebraska||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|18||Ohio State||18||18||BYU||Ohio State||TCU||Kansas State|
|20||BYU||21.75||20||Ohio State||USC||Notre Dame||Clemson|
|21||Nebraska||22||21||Oklahoma State||East Carolina||West Virginia||Oklahoma State|
|22||Oklahoma State||22.5||22||East Carolina||Kansas State||Clemson||South Carolina|
|23||Kansas State||22.75||23||Kansas State||Oklahoma State||Virginia Tech||BYU|
|24||TCU||23.75||24||Missouri||Arizona State||Arkansas||Mississippi State|