POLL PATROL: Iowa Holding Steady in AP, Coaches Polls

By RossWB on September 3, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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Live from Blogger Bay, it's the newest AP and Coaches Poll rankings! As you would probably expect after a week which featured very few losses by Top 25 teams (the only AP-ranked team to lose was Oregon; Oregon and Northwestern were the only Coaches Poll-ranked teams to lose) and no notable upsets (Oregon and Northwestern lost to other ranked opponents -- Auburn and Stanford, respectively), the new Top 25 rankings are largely unchanged from what they were prior to Week 1. 

The AP Poll: 

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Clemson (54) 1-0 1542
2 Alabama (8) 1-0 1493
3 Georgia 1-0 1407
4 Oklahoma 1-0 1337
5 Ohio State 1-0 1270
6 LSU 1-0 1233
7 Michigan 1-0 1126
8 Notre Dame 1-0 1037
9 Texas 1-0 1032
10 Auburn 1-0 958
11 Florida 1-0 940
12 Texas A&M 1-0 862
13 Utah 1-0 826
14 Washington 1-0 768
15 Penn State 1-0 688
16 Oregon 0-1 568
17 Wisconsin 1-0 519
18 UCF 1-0 445
19 Michigan State 1-0 409
20 Iowa 1-0 351
21 Syracuse 1-0 246
22 Washington State 1-0 244
23 Stanford 1-0 198
24 Boise State 1-0 179
25 (tie) Iowa State
Nebraska
1-0
1-0
86

The top-7 in the AP Poll saw no changes at all from the preseason poll; the first change came at #8, where Florida fell three spots after its less-than-impressive win over Miami in Week 0 action. Notre Dame moved into the spot vacated by the Gators. The biggest riser in the AP Poll was Auburn, whose dramatic (to put it mildly) win over Oregon moved them up six spots, from #16 to #10. The only other teams to rise more than a spot were Wisconsin, who rose two spots to #17 after waxing South Florida, and Stanford, who jumped two spots to #23 after winning a rock fight over Northwestern. 

The biggest faller in the AP Poll was, unsurprisingly, Oregon, who dropped from #11 to #16 after their narrow loss to Auburn. As noted, Florida fell three spots after their ugly win over Miami in Week 0. The only other notable team to tumble down the rankings was Iowa State, whose narrow 3OT win over UNI dropped them from #21 to a tie for #25 with Nebraska. The dream of both Iowa and Iowa State being ranked for the Cy-Hawk game is hanging by a thread at this point, especially since Iowa State has a bye in Week 2 and won't be able to do anything to impress pollsters. 

As for Iowa, they held steady at #20 in the AP Poll, which is the same spot they were ranked in the preseason poll. That seems fair after the workmanlike win Iowa recorded over Miami (OH) on Saturday. 

The Coaches Poll: 

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Clemson (58) 1-0 1594
2 Alabama (6) 1-0 1540
3 Georgia 1-0 1435
4 Oklahoma 1-0 1395
5 Ohio State 1-0 1340
6 LSU 1-0 1260
7 Michigan 1-0 1155
8 Notre Dame 1-0 1055
9 Texas 1-0 1044
10 Florida 1-0 990
11 Texas A&M 1-0 932
12 Washington 1-0 868
13 Auburn 1-0 857
14 Penn State 1-0 774
15 Utah 1-0 738
16 Wisconsin 1-0 568
17 UCF 1-0 513
17 Oregon 1-0 422
19 Iowa 1-0 395
20 Michigan State 1-0 382
21 Washington State 1-0 324
22 Syracuse 1-0 263
23 Stanford 1-0 249
24 Boise State 1-0 164
25 Nebraska 1-0 94

Like the AP Poll, there was very little change to be found in the Coaches Poll. The Top-7 is the same as it was in the preseason rankings. Florida got dinged for their ugly win over Miami by the Coaches as well, although they only dropped two spots, from #8 to #10. Oregon was again the big dropper, going from #13 to #18. Auburn was the biggest mover in a positive sense, going up three spots from #16 to #13. 

Iowa State (previously #24) fell out of the poll altogether after their narrow escape against UNI while Northwestern (previously #25) also fell out of the rankings after their loss to Stanford. They were replaced by Boise State (#24) and Nebraska (#25). 

The Hawkeyes held down the same spot (#20) that they had in the preseason rankings, just like they did in the AP Poll.

Will Week 2 bring more upsets? That's the only thing that's going to shake things up in the AP or Coaches Poll rankings at this point. 

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