When the Week 6 AP Top 25 comes out later on Sunday (September 30), the likely result is that Stanford will get punished severely. In the games from Saturday (September 29), there were really no upsets across college football. This means Stanford can wave good-bye to the No. 8 ranking they had achieved after beating USC back in Week 3. Losing to Washington is going to be tough to overcome unless the Huskies really rack up the wins in 2012.
The top four teams in the country were all challenged on Saturday, but each one of them emerged when it counted the most. No. 1 Alabama beat Ole Miss 33-14, No. 2 Oregon beat Washington State 51-26, LSU beat Towson 38-22 and Florida State took care of South Florida 30-17. In fact only two ranked teams lost (Baylor and Michigan State), but they were also playing higher ranked teams (West Virginia and Ohio State).
Coming into Week 5, there were only six teams in the Top 25 that already had a loss. This makes it tough for the voters to give a school like Stanford the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the polls. One interesting facet is that USC is ranked No. 13, so it wouldn’t exactly be fair to bump Stanford behind a team that they have already beaten. Stranger things have happened in the weekly polls, though, so don’t put it past the Associated Press or the coaches.
As for how the top spot is going to shake out, none of the teams chasing Alabama for that top spot performed well enough to take votes away from the Crimson Tide. In fact, nobody should be surprised if the top seven teams stay in the exact same order. The only real surprise will come when fans discover which school will soon reside at No. 8.
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