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Tigers Slip Slightly to Number Nine in This Week’s FanPulse

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There wasn’t a ton of action this week, as the only highly ranked teams to lose (Texas and TAMU) were playing teams ranked higher than them (LSU and Clemson).

Auburn slipped a spot to #9 despite a pedestrian performance against Tulane. The national consensus is pretty consistent, with every ballot slating Auburn either 8, 9, or 10. Funnily enough, Tiger fans only have their team #9, while 18 other ballots had us at #8.

The teams with the most disagreement are Wisconsin and Washington. Personally, I think Wisconsin deserves better than #16. They haven’t played a tough schedule, but beating ANY FBS teams by a combined 110-0 over two games should have you pushing on the top 10 door. Meanwhile, I have to imagine the disagreement on Washington comes from the people who submitted their ballots before Cal kicked the game winning field goal at around 5 AM Sunday morning.

Georgia hasn’t shown me any reason why they should be ahead of Oklahoma and LSU so far. I’m not sold that those teams are definitively better than UGA, but the Sooners and Purple Tigers have shown out early in the season. I’m glad you C&M readers correctly valued LSU at #3.

I’m not sure, which is more shocking, Maryland or USC. Both teams snuck into the top 25 this week while sitting at 2-0. A common joke this offseason was that USC might start 0-6, but two solid wins (and a hurt quarterback) later and people seem to be buying into the Trojans. We’ll see how they fare the next three weeks: USC goes to BYU this week, then hosts Utah, and finishes out September in Seattle against Washington.

FanPulse Details

Rank Team Last Week Low High Auburn
Rank Team Last Week Low High Auburn
1 Clemson 1 2 1 1
2 Alabama 2 3 1 2
3 Georgia 3 6 3 4
4 Oklahoma 4 6 3 5
5 LSU 6 6 2 3
6 Ohio State 5 6 3 6
7 Florida 11 10 7 8
8 Notre Dame 10 9 7 7
9 Auburn 8 10 8 9
10 Michigan 7 13 9 11
11 Texas 9 16 9 10
12 Utah 14 14 9 12
13 Penn State 15 15 10 14
14 Texas A&M 12 17 12 13
15 Oregon 17 18 12 15
16 Wisconsin 18 19 10 17
17 Washington 13 21 13 18
18 UCF 16 19 12 16
19 Michigan State 19 20 16 19
20 Iowa 20 20 16 20
21 Washington State 22 23 13 22
22 Iowa State 23 24 21 23
23 Maryland NR 24 21 21
24 Mississippi State NR 25 22 24
25 USC NR 25 24 25