Sunday, September 22, 2013
Pac-12 has four in the Top 25
By Kevin Gemmell
Oregon picked up three more first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and two more in the USA Today Coaches' poll without running a play this week. But the Ducks remain at No. 2 in both polls behind Alabama. They are up to four first-place votes in the AP poll and three in the coaches poll.
The Pac-12 is down to four teams in the Top 25 after ASU dropped out following its 42-28 road loss to Stanford. Voters didn’t feel Stanford’s performance was strong enough to push it past Ohio State or Clemson, so the Cardinal remain at No. 5 in both polls.
Conversely, AP voters appear to have admired ASU’s moxie and didn’t penalize the Sun Devils too much for losing to the No. 5 team on the road. They are back to being on the bubble at the unofficial No. 26 spot. Voters in the coaches' poll were a little more harsh, dropping ASU into the 30s.
UCLA remained at No. 13 in the AP poll and moved up from No. 15 to 14 in the coaches poll. Washington moved up from 17th to 16th in the AP poll, but stayed at No. 20 in the coaches poll.
Arizona is receiving votes in both polls (actually, more than ASU in the coaches poll), and Utah received one vote in the coaches' poll. Last week, USC was receiving votes in the coaches' poll, but the Trojans win over Utah State was apparently underwhelming enough that they received zero votes this week.