Sunday, September 20, 2009

KU football moves up to 19th, 20th in polls


KU routs Duke, improves national ranking

Looking to move higher in the Top 25 rankings, KU football delivered a sound performance Saturday against Duke.

The Kansas football team continued to move up the national rankings this week, jumping four spots to No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches poll and two spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll.

KU defeated Duke, 44-16, on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The other Big 12 teams that are ranked are: Texas (second AP, second Coaches), Oklahoma (10th, ninth), Oklahoma State (16th, 16th), Nebraska (25th, 24th) and Missouri (NR, 21st). Texas Tech also received votes in both polls.

The full rankings are below. To see how the Journal-World's Tom Keegan voted, click here.

AP Top 25
1. Florida (55)
2. Texas (2)
3. Alabama (3)
4. Mississippi
5. Penn State
6. California
7. LSU
8. Boise State
9. Miami (FL)
10. Oklahoma
11. Virginia Tech
12. USC
13. Ohio State
14. Cincinnati
15. TCU
16. Oklahoma State
17. Houston
18. Florida State
19. Brigham Young
20. Kansas
21. Georgia
22. North Carolina
23. Michigan
24. Washington
25. Nebraska
Others receiving votes: Missouri 115, Georgia Tech 102, Auburn 100, Pittsburgh 91, UCLA 62, Iowa 39, Oregon 30, Texas Tech 19, Notre Dame 16, Utah 12, Clemson 11, Colorado State 4, Oregon State 4, South Florida 1.

USA Today Coaches Poll
1. Florida (59)
2. Texas
3. Alabama
4. Penn State
5. Mississippi
6. California
7. LSU
8. Boise State
9. Oklahoma
10. USC
11. Ohio State
12. Virginia Tech
13. Miami (FL)
14. TCU
15. Cincinnati
16. Oklahoma State 17. Georgia
18. North Carolina
19. Kansas
20. Brigham Young
21. Missouri
22. Michigan
23. Houston
24. Nebraska
25. Florida State
Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 148, Pittsburgh 68, Utah 63, Auburn 62, Iowa 58, Washington 42, Notre Dame 38, UCLA 38, Oregon 34, Texas Tech 22, Kentucky 16, South Florida 12, South Carolina 7, Oregon State 6, Colorado State 4, Wisconsin 2, Minnesota 1.


BigD 12 years, 4 months ago

TT looked way too good last night not to be in the top 25.

Eric Williams 12 years, 4 months ago

USC dropped half of what Oklahoma State dropped when they lost to an unranked opponent.

Dirk Medema 12 years, 4 months ago

613 - it's 7 places vs. 10 places. That's not half.

Besides losing to unranked opponents, they are very different situations. OSU's premise for being ranked - besides beating Georgia, was that the defenseless cowboys had found a D this year. Errr, well maybe things really aren't that different. USC & OU are both going to get some benefit of the doubt because they have shown themselves to be consistently elite in the recent past and both had key players injured.

USC & OU both also played competitive games away from home. OSU, not so much, and at home to boot. The difference seems pretty appropriate with some perspective.

John Percival 12 years, 4 months ago

Rankings mean nothing right now. It matters at the end of the year when the playoff brackets are set.

Eric Williams 12 years, 4 months ago

The AP and Coaches polls actually do matter, because they factor in the BCS numbers.

Therefore the higher you are in human polls can only help your overall BCS numbers.

dagger - Okie State actually fell 11 places 5 to 16, or 6 to 17 depending on which poll, but I was just approximating earlier.

The point is regardless both opponents were unranked and should be treated equally. USC only gets the benefit of the doubt because they make the NCAA a lot of money.

Larry Smith 12 years, 4 months ago


USC lost to a conference opponent on the road without their starting qb. Okie state lost to a non bcs conference school at home.

I think most people would judge those differently.

John Percival 12 years, 4 months ago

613 & 86 - hate to sit on the fence but you're both right. No doubt when we lose in basketball we fall less than a team in the same position without our pedigree.

Jonathan Briles 12 years, 4 months ago

Yes it has a little to do with Pedigree, but there are also other factors that are going in. It also has to do with the week and what other top 25 teams around them lost and who won and against who. Pedigree factored in here but so did the fact that some people around them won and lost.

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