FanSided Top 25 Week: Oregon Is Your New No. 1

Sep 14, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) celebrating with the special team against the Tennessee Volunteers at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

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
4. Clemson Tigers 3-0 281
5. Ohio State Buckeyes 4-0 267
6. LSU Tigers (1) 4-0 263
7. Florida State Seminoles 3-0 233
8. Louisville Cardinals 4-0 229
9. Texas A&M Aggies 3-1 223
10. UCLA Bruins 3-0 218
11. Georgia Bulldogs 2-1 191
12t. Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-0 167
12t. Miami Hurricanes 3-0 167
14. Washington Huskies 3-0 161
15. South Carolina Gamecocks 2-1 185
16. Baylor Bears 3-0 123
17. Oklahoma Sooners 3-0 122
18. Northwestern Wildcats 4-0 109
19. Ole Miss Rebels 3-0 76
20. Florida Gators 2-1 65
21. Wisconsin Badgers 3-1 54
22. Fresno State Bulldogs 3-0 50
23. Michigan Wolverines 4-0 36
24. Texas Tech Red Raiders 4-0 35
25. Arizona Wildcats 3-0 29

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

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Football, Oregon Ducks, Top 25

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  • Chip

    Really?

    VT has SI’s 5th ranked defense and Bama beat them at a neutral site.
    TAMU has SI’s 5th ranked offense and Bama beat them in their house.
    CO State has Bama’s ex Offensive coordinator who knows how Saban thinks and Bama beat them. Bama also held out six starters for minor injuries.

    Nicholls State has ?
    Virginia has ?
    Tennessee has ?

    Oregon has a bye week and you move them up over Bama just because Bama had a sloppy win? Homer much?

    • Luke Brietzke

      So, just for the record, are we Oregon homers? Just wanted to be clear there. I’m not sure we have a single person voting on this poll from Oregon or even someone with an affiliation with the Ducks.

      But your team ranked (OH MY GOSH!!!) second for one week, so we must be homers. Reasonable minds are allowed to vary this early in the season, as they clearly do on this poll. (Bama received more first-place votes.)

      Also, time to drop the Virginia Tech argument. Look what that team has done the last two weeks. Hang your hat on the Texas A&M game.

      Good news here: This poll doesn’t factor into the BCS Standings. It’s also fluid.

      Take care of business on a big stage against Ole Miss and the Crimson Tide will find itself gaining a lot more national respect.

      • Chip

        Oregon has earned national respect on a big stage?

        • Luke Brietzke

          Oregon has dominated in 2013 the way Alabama hasn’t.

          If that’s your argument, though, why not argue for Clemson?

          • Guest

            If that’s your response to my argument, whey don’t you guys have Clemson as #1? Even though they got through that last one with more than a little help from the refs killing NC States’ momentum.

          • Luke Brietzke

            There are flaws with every team. Seems odd to call people out for being homers when you’re doing nothing but stumping for the team your timeline suggests to be hands-down your favorite.

            I don’t think you would argue that this Alabama team is not as good as those over the past two years. That doesn’t mean it can’t be a great team or that it can’t win SEC and BCS championships this year. It most certainly can. That said, through four weeks it is not obvious that Alabama is the best team in the nation.

            Then again, that’s why they play 12-plus games — so we can have a better idea.

            Polls change week-to-week for a reason. Through four weeks, it seems perfectly understandable that some voters would like Oregon more than Alabama.

            By the way, thank you for reading and commenting.