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Virginia Tech lost to James Madison last Saturday, and two of the California voters, Jon Wilner and Ray Ratto , actually have the “Dukes” ranked on their ballots this week. Wilner has them all the way up at No. 19. The last time an FCS school received that many votes was when Appalachian State beat Michigan in 2007, which also happens to be the last time an FCS team beat a ranked FBS team.
Of course, Virginia Tech’s loss hurts themselves more than anyone ( they didn’t receive a single vote ), but it also hurts Boise State . The Broncos victory over the Hokies was their signature win for the year. Now there is a possibility that Virginia Tech will finish the year unranked and cost Boise State any chance they had at the BCS Championship. As it is, the Broncos lost 7 first place votes this week just by sitting at home watching the games on TV. Their last remaining No. 1 vote comes from Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.
In terms of rankings, the ACC basically imploded last weekend. All four ranked teams lost: Miami , Georgia Tech , Florida State and Virginia Tech. Miami and FSU lost to highly ranked teams, but Virginia Tech lost to an FCS school and Georgia Tech lost to an unranked Kansas team that lost to an FCS school the week before. Miami is now the league’s only ranked team at No. 17 in the AP . The few voters who still have hope for the ACC have thrown their support behind teams like NC State , Boston College and Maryland , who each received one vote this week.
At No. 13, South Carolina is the highest they’ve been since Oct. 2007 when they climbed as high as No. 6. However, there are still a lot of differing opinions on the Gamecocks. They are ranked everywhere from No. 7 to No. 24, which is this week’s second largest spread.
The largest spread is Michigan’s , ranked everywhere from No. 8 to unranked. When Rich Rodriguez said he was going to bring the spread to Michigan, I don’t think that’s what he meant. The Wolverines check in at No. 20 overall in the AP, which is as high as they’ve been since the end of the 2007 season as well.
Florida is another team all over the AP ballots, voted from No. 3 to No. 19 for the third-largest spread. The Gators keep winning, but the voters haven’t been impressed with what they’ve seen so far. This is Florida’s second consecutive win and second consecutive drop in the polls. They now sit at No. 10 overall in the AP and No. 7 in the Coaches’ Poll .
This week’s most extreme voter is once again Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News. He’s going to make a lot of Buckeye fans unhappy since he ranked Ohio State lowest in the nation at No. 7. This is after they beat Miami handily by 12 points. You would think that means Wolf doesn’t think much of Miami; however, he ranks the Hurricanes No. 13, and only one voter ranked them better. By his own rankings, no team has beaten a better opponent this season than Ohio State. So I can’t figure out why he ranks the Buckeyes so low, and I can’t find anything related to the year 2007 to continue my trend. Okay, wait, I’ve got it… in Week 12 of 2007, Scott Wolf voted Ohio State lowest in the AP at No. 11! That may seem like worthless information, but I will still be proud of the six times I mentioned 2007 (now seven times) in this blog. That’s something no other poll-oriented blogger on CBS can claim… this week.
A couple of housekeeping notes:
Randy Rosetta of the Baton Rouge Advocate’s ballot is missing for ‘week 3’. The AP confirmed only 59 voters this week.
We’ve received confirmation that the BCS will not be ranking USC in any of its components this season… not just the Coaches’ Poll. The computer rankings will still list USC when they deliver to the BCS, but the BCS will then manually remove the Trojans and move all other teams up one spot. So we’ve now removed USC from our BCS Rankings to better reflect what the BCS will be using. That means one extra team will sneak into the top 50 in all of the computer rankings going forward. The Trojans will only appear in the AP Poll and ballots in Pollstalker this season.