After a thriller of a game Saturday against Ole Miss, Auburn jumps to #3 in latest AP College Football poll released Sunday. Mississippi State and Florida State retained their hold on the first and second spots, while the Alabama Crimson Tide and Oregon Ducks rounded out the top five in the AP CFB poll.
The Auburn Tigers’ jump to the #3 spot boosted them ahead of Alabama, which didn’t play this weekend. It was somewhat surprising to see the Crimson Tide hold onto that #4 spot considering they were idle. Oregon trounced Stanford 45-16 in Autzen Stadium on Saturday.
Though the Stanford Cardinal were unranked, they’ve been an Achilles heel for Oregon for the past two years, essentially knocking them out of the national college football championship discussion each time. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a junior, hadn’t beaten Stanford during his time in Eugene. He changed that in a big way Saturday.
Mariota had 343 total yards for the Ducks, including two touchdown passes and two rushes for touchdowns. The Ducks’ 45-16 win was Stanford’s worst loss since 2007.
The biggest drop from the top five teams in the new AP college football poll was Ole Miss, which dropped five spots to #12. With Ole Miss out of the picture, the remainder of the AP college football poll top 10 were TCU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Kansas State and Baylor.
There’s bound to be some movement in the top five during the next few weeks as the SEC continues to beat up on itself through the end of the season. The larger AP CFB top 20 will see some changes too. Next Saturday’s games will see six games with top 20 teams facing off.