With Florida State’s thrashing of No. 3 Clemson on Saturday, you can feel the momentum beginning to shift among the current residents of the A.P polls top 5.
Although Oregon ( 7-0 / 4-0 ) continues to win big and maintain its hold on the No. 2 slot, there’s a feeling national voters are moving their focus on new No. 3 resident Florida State.
After the Seminoles 51-14 convincing win over the Tigers, FSU not only moved up two slots, but they also gained two first place votes.
For the Ducks, they’ve continued to steamroll their way through the Pac-12 and still hold firm on the No. 2 position, however Oregon lost two first place votes ( from 5 to 3 ) in the current poll.
After Clemson’s loss and Missouri’s win over Florida, both moved in opposite directions – Clemson dropped to No. 9 and Missouri jumped to No. 5
The rankings that matter the most though, the BCS Championship poll, will make its first appearance later Sunday afternoon when they’re released at 5:30 pm PST.
ESPN GAME DAY HEADED TO EUGENE
Saturday will mark the first visit to Eugene by the ‘Game Day’ road show this season.
Game Day was on site two weeks ago when the Ducks played at Washington, but has not visited Eugene since Nov.17, 2012, when then-No. 1 Oregon faced Stanford.
Saturday’s visit will be the eighth time ‘Game Day’ has broadcast from Eugene, and the fifth consecutive year that ESPN’s Saturday pregame show has visited the Oregon campus.
Only Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, USC and LSU have hosted the show more times.
Next week’s game at Autzen Stadium ( 4:00 pm PST ) could be pivotal to the Pac-12 title race.
The Ducks hold a one-game lead atop the Pac-12 North standings, while UCLA’s loss to Stanford Saturday cost them their own divisional lead.
Oregon opens as a 20-point favorite.
Below are this weeks AP College Football poll.
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- Dropped from rankings: Georgia 15, Washington 20, Florida 22
- Others receiving votes: Arizona State 108, Notre Dame 82, Oregon State 79, Michigan State 73, Georgia 30, Ole Miss 27, Florida 17, Utah 4, Washington 4, Texas 2, Ball State 1, Brigham Young 1