1. The one big difference from the Coaches Poll is …
The AP types are freaked out a bit by the Ohio State issues.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Alabama is No. 1, Clemson is 2. That’s easy. However, Ohio State was No. 3 in the first Coaches Poll, and the team that really is the third-best in the country to start the season was pushed down to fifth by the APers.
And there’s a WHOLE lot of Wisconsin love happening.
The Badgers were seventh in the Coaches Poll, and they got a No. 4 spot by the AP types, ahead of the Buckeyes.
Washington was sixth in both polls, but Oklahoma didn’t get as much respect by the AP at 7 – the Coaches had it fifth – and from then on, it was relatively the same.
From Miami at eight on down to 16, the same teams are in both polls in some order – there’s not too much of a wild variation.
Oklahoma State is No. 25 in the Coaches Poll, and Oregon is 24th in the AP. Other than that, the same teams are in the bottom nine in both polls.
But it’s the Ohio State thing that’s making the biggest splash.
If the Urban Meyer/Zach Smith controversy wasn’t happening, would the Buckeyes be No. 3? At the very least, they would’ve been fourth – but it’s nothing to get into a twist over.
The AP voters are making a little bit of an early statement here, but if the Buckeyes start winning and look great doing it, they’ll obviously move up.