Monday, October 29, 2007

Changes to AP poll minor


— For a change, there was little change at the top of the Top 25.

Ohio State was No. 1 with Boston College second and LSU third, which is how they they lined up last week. It's just the second time this season the top three was unchanged, the other being Week 1, when the preseason top three held their spots in the first regular-season poll.

The only changes in the top seven this week were minor ,with No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Oklahoma switching places and No. 6 Arizona State and No. 7 West Virginia flip-flopping.

Ohio State received 59 of 65 first-place votes. BC got one first-place vote, LSU had three and Arizona State received two.

Stability at last? Not quite.

The remainder of the media poll received a major shake-up, with five teams falling out and Connecticut moving into the ranking for the first time in school history.

The Big East-leading Huskies, who became a full-fledged member of Division I-A in 2002, were No. 16 after beating South Florida 22-15 on Saturday. Division I-A is now called the Bowl Subdivision.

"People recognize we've done some good things through eight games," UConn coach Randy Edsall said of being ranked. "It's a credit to the hard work of the kids and the assistant coaches.

"It's nice for the program being it's the first time it's ever happened. It's another milestone for what we've been doing here."

In the BCS standings, Ohio State, Boston College, LSU, Arizona State and Oregon were the top five teams.

For the past month, the top of the poll has been scrambled weekly.

LSU and Southern California flip-flopped at Nos. 1 and 2 on Sept. 30 with the Tigers taking the top ranking for the first time this season. Also, three new teams moved into the top five.

On Oct. 6, No. 2 USC lost, starting a run of three straight weeks in which the second-ranked team fell.

The next week, Nos. 1 and 2 lost on the same day for the first time in 11 years and the entire top 10 was shuffled.

Last week, only two teams in the top 10 held their spots and Boston College became the fifth team this season to hold the No. 2 spot.

This week, the entire top seven teams either won or were idle.


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