Despite being idle during Week 4, Oregon inched past Alabama to claim No. 1 in the FanSided Top 25. The Ducks surpassed the Alabama Crimson Tide, which dominated top billing since the preseason.
Alabama fell to No. 2 after a 31-6 rout of Colorado State in Week 4. Though the Tide is 3-0, including a win over top 10 ranked SEC foe Texas A&M, Alabama was just shy of Oregon’s overall vote total. Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide scored more first place votes than the new No. 1 Ducks.
This week’s Top 25 features a few new entrants into the poll. Fresno State’s thrilling defeat of Mountain West Conference foe Boise State propelled the Bulldogs to No. 22.
The Pac-12 Conference lost Arizona State after its 42-28 loss at Stanford, but gained the Arizona Wildcats. UA was idle, but was rewarded for its 3-0 start with the final stop in the Top 25. The Wildcats face their first real test of 2013 when they travel to Washington, which checks in at No. 14 this week.
Five Pac-12 teams occupy the Top 25, second to the SEC’s six. An impressive showing against conference rival Tennessee elevated the Florida Gators back into the rankings.
|Rank||Team (First Place Votes)||Record||Points|
|1.||Oregon Ducks (5)||3-0||316|
|2.||Alabama Crimson Tide (6)||3-0||313|
|3.||Stanford Cardinal (1)||3-0||289|
|5.||Ohio State Buckeyes||4-0||267|
|6.||LSU Tigers (1)||4-0||263|
|7.||Florida State Seminoles||3-0||233|
|9.||Texas A&M Aggies||3-1||223|
|12t.||Oklahoma State Cowboys||3-0||167|
|15.||South Carolina Gamecocks||2-1||185|
|19.||Ole Miss Rebels||3-0||76|
|22.||Fresno State Bulldogs||3-0||50|
|24.||Texas Tech Red Raiders||4-0||35|
Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame Fighting Irish 16, Maryland Terrapins 15, UCF Knights 15, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 5, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2, North Dakota State Bison 2, Penn State Nittany Lions 2