Gamecocks No. 13; Bulldogs fall out

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NEW YORK --- The combination of impressive victories by Alabama and Ohio State and a stunning loss by Virginia Tech led to Boise State losing all but one of its first-place votes in the AP Top 25.

The Broncos were still No. 3, behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Buckeyes in the poll released Sunday, but the gap has widened.

Alabama received 52 first-place votes and 1,466 points. Ohio State had five first-place votes and 1,410 points and Boise State received one and 1,306.

TCU remained fourth and Oregon jumped two spots to No. 5 after winning 48-13 at Tennessee.

Michigan moved into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 20 after its dramatic 38-24 victory at Notre Dame.

After Boise State beat Virginia Tech last Monday night in Landover, Md., the Broncos received eight first-place votes from the media panel and were only 13 points behind No. 2 Ohio State.

Some of the luster came off the Broncos' big nonconference victory when Virginia Tech was upset Saturday by James Madison, which plays in Division I's second tier.

Add to that the Buckeyes' 36-24 victory against Miami in Columbus, Ohio, and the Crimson Tide's 24-3 win against Penn State in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the top of the poll looks more like it did at the start of the season.

Pete DiPrimio of The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in Indiana was the lone voter to keep Boise State No. 1 this week.

"I still think Virginia Tech is a good team and will make a bowl," DiPrimio said in an e-mail Sunday. "Alabama and Ohio State haven't been tested on the road like that."

In the USA Today coaches' poll, the top five was Alabama, Ohio State, Boise State, Texas and TCU.

Texas dropped a spot to No. 6 in The Associated Press poll and received one first-place vote. Oklahoma moved up three spots to No. 7 after beating Florida State, 47-17.

Nebraska, Iowa and Florida rounded out the first 10.

No. 11 Wisconsin was followed by Arkansas, South Carolina, Utah and LSU.

Another Southeastern Conference team, Auburn, was No. 16, giving the SEC six ranked teams, more than any other league.

No. 17 Miami slipped five spots and No. 18 Southern California dropped two after beating Virginia 17-14. Stanford moved up six spots to No. 19 after shutting out UCLA 35-0 on the Rose Bowl.

Michigan was followed by West Virginia, Penn State, which slipped four spots, and three teams that were unranked last week - No. 23 Houston, No. 24 Arizona and No. 25 Oregon State.

While Miami and Penn State remained in the rankings after losing their marquee games Saturday, Florida State dropped all the way out.

The Seminoles were one of three Atlantic Coast Conference teams to fall out of the poll this week, joining Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

The Hokies were unranked for the first time since Nov. 30, 2008, after becoming the second ranked FBS team to lose to an FCS team in the history of the AP poll.

The first was Michigan, which was No. 5 when it lost to Appalachian State to start the 2007 season. The victory caused The Associated Press to change its policy and allow voters to vote for teams in what used to be called I-AA.

James Madison received 11 points in this week's poll, landing on the ballots of two voters - Ray Ratto of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in California and Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury New.

Georgia also fell out of the rankings.

Michigan is ranked for the first time since last September. The Wolverines were ranked for three weeks during the first month of the 2009 season, before crashing in the second half.

With sensational sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson leading the way, Michigan is off to a 2-0 start again, adding a victory against Notre Dame to its opening win against Connecticut.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/12/10 - 07:45 pm
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It's still very early, but
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It's still very early, but way to go Gamecocks.

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follower 09/12/10 - 08:07 pm
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The dawgs should have fallen

The dawgs should have fallen out of the rankings. Poorest display of tackling I've seen since last year. At this point, I'm just hoping for a .500 season.

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/12/10 - 09:56 pm
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How bout them Gamecocks!

How bout them Gamecocks! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

SMN
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SMN 09/12/10 - 10:16 pm
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Sad Dawg fans. Funny how

Sad Dawg fans. Funny how Saban has taken the Tide to a NC in only 3 years while UGA hasn't sniffed a national title in 30 years. When will enough be enough Dawg fans and you demand a "regime change" between the hedges?

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smartie 09/13/10 - 03:53 am
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stupid gamecocks! see, that's

stupid gamecocks! see, that's what happens when you beat a quality team like the dawgs. you jump 11 places in the polls. all the many, MANY times the dawgs kicked carolinas butt, we never moved more than a place or two. matter of fact, i think we might've slipped a place one time because we didn't pummel the mess out of 'em.

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NAAustin 09/13/10 - 04:32 am
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smartie you are typical

smartie you are typical mouthy GA fan. I'm still waiting on JMO's dissertation.

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johnston.cliff 09/13/10 - 07:33 am
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It's very early and the top

It's very early and the top rankings will change every week initially. In the meantime, Carolina is where it should be and will move up as the team improves...which they will. When they meet Alabama, we'll know how good both teams are.

I hope the Dawgs recover and have a good year.

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SMN 09/13/10 - 08:22 am
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Well, we've got a pretty good

Well, we've got a pretty good idea of what Bama is like since they beat a decent Penn State team without our best defensive player and Heisman winning running back. USCe is another story as they played a team with obvious issues when it comes to tackling. Ironic isn't it that a UGA grad is leading a defensive unit who even with 9 new starters is not looking too bad. Maybe you guys should have tried harder to hire him and made him the coach in waiting for 2012!!

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follower 09/13/10 - 08:45 am
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I'm a lifelong Dawg fan, but

I'm a lifelong Dawg fan, but as opposed to many of us that contunually make excuses, I'm also a realist.

I have the utmost respect for Richt as a man, but for whatever reason, we continue to under perform. Perhaps he's not the guy that can get the best out of the team. Great record notwithstanding, almost close for 10 years still taste bitter.

SMN makes a good point about Bama and Saban. He's one of the elite coaches that excels, just the kind of guy it will take with Ga.

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justthefacts 09/13/10 - 09:16 am
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Yea follower? Ok, give us a

Yea follower? Ok, give us a name. How many Saban's are there? Out of 119 schools, how many coaches have a better resume than Richt over the last 10 yrs? Meyer, Pete Carroll (dubious), who else? Winning a NC is pretty tough thing to do.

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follower 09/13/10 - 10:14 am
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Just, I don't have that name.

Just, I don't have that name. But do you not agree that we don't perform as well as we should? We've had great recruiting classes.
Richt is a great guy, but why are we not winning against Fla. and Bama consistently? Or other big games consistently? And loosing some of the ones we should win?
No question the SEC is the toughest division in College Football, but we aren't in the elite in spite of the abundance of talent. The off field antics that are certainly present in all schools seem to be overwhelming at Ga.
I know that Richt doesn't condone it, but why is it so prevelent at Ga?

It also seems that Ga. is not "up" for the games in emotion as they should be.

Again, I don't suggest I have the answer. But it may be that he has to make a few more moves, as in the offensive coordinator.

Richt may be the best guy available and his surrounding cast lacking. But in the end, he is the one that takes the heat when things are less than they should be.

Florida, LSU, and Bama have won NC's consistently over the last decade in a very tough SEC.

As for who, although I absolutely dispise Ohio State, how about Trestle?
He wouldn't even have to change his wardrobe.

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KSL 09/13/10 - 11:10 am
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smartie, let me remind you

smartie, let me remind you there have been only two "butt kickings" in the past 9 years. I wouldn't call 7 or fewer points a "butt kicking."

That said, I'm not comfortable with Carolina being ranked 13 at this point. If Carolina does not deserve to be in the top 20, Georgia doesn't either, as of Saturday.

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woodymeister 09/13/10 - 11:59 am
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Clemson will stomp a small

Clemson will stomp a small mudhole in the roosters at the end of the season. Their prized running back will likely be out for violating team rules. The gamecocks falter every year and this year will be no different. Enjoy while you can!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/13/10 - 01:02 pm
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follower, we probably will

follower, we probably will just have to disagree. Who is winning against UF? They have a great program. They were led the last 4 yrs by the best player in college football (Tebow). They won two titles. AL has won one. LSU one. I doubt either will win this year. Again, MR has averaged 10 wins a year for 9 yrs. You said they don't get up for big games. Try telling that to LSU or Ark in the two SEC championship games they played. They have won 7 out of the 9 bowls games he coached. Tressel, ha. Talk about choking in big games. Anywhoo, have a good day and Go Dawgs.

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KSL 09/13/10 - 01:12 pm
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woody, I enjoy every year. I

woody, I enjoy every year. I intend to enjoy this one as well, no matter how it plays out.

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RammaJamma 09/13/10 - 02:22 pm
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At the end of the year do the

At the end of the year do the top teams play in BCS games or AP POLL games? Just wondering because although carolina may be ranked 13 in the AP, at the end of the year it is irrelevant. The coaches poll is the only one that holds any value at this point if any. Lets be real with ourselves people

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