LSU holds steady at #5 in AP college poll

September ends with Irish in contention

September 30, 2018 - 2:00 pm
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The first month of the college football season will end with 14 undefeated teams, including LSU.

Joe Burrow's passing and running highlighted LSU's 45-16 dismantling of Mississippi. Burrow passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns, and he also rushed for 96 yards and another score in his best performance since coming to the Tigers from Ohio State.

The Tigers performance didn't move them up from #5 in this week's AP Top 25 college football rankings, but it may have solidified the opinion they belong there. 

https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll

The LSU schedule doesn’t become a total meat grinder until Week 7, when a three-game run against Georgia, Mississippi State, and Alabama starts. 

College football’s Week 5 results gave us some important action at the height of the top-25 rankings, with Ohio State beating Penn State and Notre Dame whooping Stanford.

After winning top-10 matchups, Ohio State moved up to No. 3 and Notre Dame rose to No. 6. For the second straight week, there was no major turnover at the bottom of the Top 25.

No. 1 Alabama and Georgia mainted the top two spots in the media ranking . The Crimson Tide received 58 first-place votes on Sunday. Ohio State moved past Clemson after rallying in the fourth quarter at Penn State. Clemson slipped to No. 4 after a close victory at home against Syracuse. The Buckeyes and Tigers each received a first-place vote.

LSU held steady at No. 5 and Notre Dame moved up two spots after beating Stanford. Oklahoma fell to No. 7 and No. 9 West Virginia returned to the top 10 for the first time since 2012, when it reached No. 5 early in the season. Washington also moved into the top 10 after routing BYU.

POLL POINTS

For the second straight week, seven ranked teams lost, though with five games matching ranked teams that was not much of a surprise. Still, it is only the second time since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989 that there were consecutive weeks in which at least five teams dropped out. On Sept. 19, 1999, five teams dropped out; six teams did the following week.

The teams at the bottom of last week’s ranking did not fare well. Nos. 22-24 all lost and were dumped by voters.

OUT

— BYU dropped out after getting blown out by Washington.

— Duke lost for the first time this season and is out after one week.

— Mississippi State lost its second straight game and is unranked for the first time this season.

— California and Texas Tech both had one-week stays in the ranking after each lost Saturday at home.

IN

— No. 21 Colorado is the only unbeaten team left in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes are ranked for the first time since the final 2016 poll.

— No. 22 Florida is back in. Suddenly, losing at No. 13 Kentucky doesn’t seem so bad for the Gators.

— No. 23 North Carolina State is ranked for the first time this year after finishing in the Top 25 last season.

— No. 24 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Oklahoma State are back in the ranking after one week out.

VOTERS

There were only 60 votes in this week’s poll instead of the usual 61.

CONFERENCE CALL

For the third straight week, the Southeastern Conference has the top two teams, though Ohio State is only 10 points behind Georgia.

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