Week 5 AP Football Poll: ECU #23


The Week 5 AP Football Poll was released on Sunday and it included some very satisfying developments and some poll weirdness that can only be expected for some reason. The big news of course is that East Carolina jumped into the poll at #23. This was a result of their demolition of the North Carolina Tar Heels 70-41 on Saturday afternoon. The Duke Blue Devils remain teetering on the edge, once again topping the others receiving votes category.

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The poll weirdness this week had to do with the treatment of Mississippi State, who jumped to number 14 in the poll from unranked. LSU, the team they beat, fell only to #17. Clemson fell out of the poll with its second loss. The team rated ahead of East Carolina is Ohio State who lost to Virginia Tech, who ECU beat.

This sort of changes things for the Pirates, as they enter the American Athletic Conference season. They will no longer be the hunters, but the hunted. Every team will circle them on the schedule as long as they remained ranked. I think this ECU has plenty of senior leadership to deal with this, but they can’t get too big-headed. UCF, Houston, and Cincy are good teams that ECU should not sleep on.

Week 5 AP Football Poll

1Florida State Seminoles (34)
2Oregon Ducks (12)
3Alabama Crimson Tide (6)
4Oklahoma Sooners (4)
5Auburn Tigers
6Texas A&M Aggies (4)
7Baylor Bears
8Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9Michigan State Spartans

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    11UCLA Bruins
    12Georgia Bulldogs
    13South Carolina Gamecocks
    14Mississippi State Bulldogs
    15Arizona State Sun Devils
    16Stanford Cardinal
    17LSU Tigers
    18USC Trojans
    19Wisconsin Badgers
    20BYU Cougars
    21Nebraska Cornhuskers
    22Ohio State Buckeyes
    23East Carolina Pirates
    24Oklahoma State Cowboys
    25Kansas State Wildcats

    Others receiving votes:
    Duke Blue Devils 86, Penn State 81, Clemson 48, TCU 35, Marshall 33, Utah 31, Washington 30, Georgia Tech 22, Boston College 19, West Virginia 15, Cincinnati 11, Arkansas 9, Arizona 9, Missouri 5, Oregon State 5, North Dakota State 3, Pittsburgh 1, Indiana 1