POLL PATROL: Iowa Remains #14 in AP, Coaches Polls

By RossWB on September 30, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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Iowa took care of their business in Week 5, demolishing MTSU 48-3. Alas, beating up a cupcake alone isn't going to result in much upward movement in the polls unless there are also some losses from teams ranked ahead of them -- and that didn't happen this week. The highest ranked team in last week's polls to lose this past weekend was Cal and since they were already below Iowa (#15 in the AP rankings, #16 in the Coaches Poll rankings), that loss wasn't going to give Iowa any boost. 

Of course, we're still quite early in the season -- rankings don't mean much yet and there will be ample opportunity for Iowa to record impressive wins (starting with games against #19 Michigan and #12 Penn State over the next two weeks) and for th teams ranked ahead of Iowa to drop games. 

THE WEEK 6 AP POLL: 

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (29) 5-0 1478
2 Clemson (18) 5-0 1426
3 Georgia (4) 4-0 1375
4 Ohio State (7) 5-0 1324
5 LSU 4-0 1322
6 Oklahoma 4-0 1264
7 Auburn 5-0 1186
8 Wisconsin 4-0 1046
9 Notre Dame 3-1 996
10 Florida 5-0 986
11 Texas 3-1 919
12 Penn State 4-0 878
13 Oregon 3-1 817
14 Iowa 4-0 731
15 Washington 4-1 603
16 Boise State 4-0 559
17 Utah 4-1 534
18 UCF 4-1 352
19 Michigan 3-1 350
20 Arizona State 4-1 249
21 Oklahoma State 4-1 215
22 Wake Forest 5-0 190
23 Virginia 4-1 186
24 SMU 5-0 151
25 Texas A&M
Michigan State
3-2
4-1
147

The big news out of this week's rankings was the change at the top of the mountain. Alabama ousted Clemson from that perch after Bama steamrolled Ole Miss, while Clemson narrowly escaped a titanic upset bid from UNC. Ohio State also got a boost from their own steamrolling of Nebraska on Saturday night, hopping LSU from #5 to #4. Elsewhere Notre Dame and Florida changed spots and Washington, Utah, and Boise State all moved up a few spots after notching wins. 

And there was the customary upheaval in the lower ranks of the Top 25, four new faces joining this week's rankings: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, and SMU. Arizona State was previously ranked (after upsetting Michigan State), but this is the first appearance of the year for Okie State, Wake Forest, and SMU. This is Wake's first appearance in the Top 25 in over a decade -- since they were ranked 21st in the October 12, 2008 rankings after starting out 4-1. They promptly lost 26-0 to Maryland the next week. That's nothing compared to SMU, of course; the Ponies haven't been ranked since October 21, 1986, when they were 5-1. 33 years (and one NCAA death penalty) later, the Ponies are BACK. 

THE WEEK 6 COACHES POLL: 

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (29) 5-0 1562
2 Clemson (30) 5-0 1526
3 Georgia (1) 4-0 1446
4 Oklahoma 4-0 1373
5 Ohio State (4) 5-0 1362
6 LSU 4-0 1349
7 Auburn 5-0 1198
8 Florida 5-0 1100
9 Wisconsin 4-0 1097
10 Notre Dame 3-1 987
11 Penn State 4-0 978
12 Texas 3-1 912
13 Oregon 3-1 813
14 Iowa 4-0 790
15 Boise State 4-0 621
16 Washington 4-1 608
17 Utah 4-1 532
18 Michigan 3-1 417
19 UCF 4-1 308
20 Wake Forest 5-0 279
21 Texas A&M 3-2 251
22 Virginia 4-1 202
t-23 Memphis 4-0 167
t-23 Michigan State 4-1 167
25 Oklahoma State 4-1 158

The Coaches Poll features the same switcheroo at the top of the rankings, with Alaama narrowly displacing Clemson for the #1 spot. Ohio State also jumps LSU here, from #5 to #4. Interestingly, Ohio State has the third-most #1 votes (4), but still ranks behind Georgia and Oklahoma in the overall rankings. That suggests to me that the coaches poll ballots have a fairly wide range of rankings for the Buckeyes, with a handful of coaches putting them atop the Top 25, while others rank them lower down the Top 10. 

In other rankings, Iowa is #19 in the Sagarin rankings, #17 in FPI, #14 in the Football Writers Poll, #12 in the Massey Composite, and #20 in SP+

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