Giglio top 25: Florida State still No. 1, Duke not in yet

jgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 27, 2013 

  • Giglio’s Top 25

    1. Florida State 1 (last week)

    2. Alabama 2

    3. Oregon 3

    4. Ohio State 4

    5. Baylor 6

    6. Stanford 7

    7. Miami 8

    8. Clemson 9

    9. Auburn 10

    10. South Carolina 12

    11. Missouri 5

    12. LSU 16

    13. Oklahoma 20

    14. Central Florida 13

    15. Louisville 14

    16. Texas A&M 17

    17. Texas Tech 11

    18. Northern Illinois 19

    19. Fresno State 24

    20. Michigan 21

    21. Notre Dame 23

    22. Michigan State 25

    23. Arizona State NR

    24. UCLA 15

    25. Ole Miss NR

    Out: Virginia Tech (18), Utah (22)

Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.

Florida State’s 35-point first quarter against N.C. State did nothing to change my mind about the Seminoles, who went on to win 49-17. They’re still my choice for No. 1, and the top four stayed the same in a relatively normal week after a chaotic one last week.

The toughest decision came for the last spot. Duke (6-2) knocked off Virginia Tech, which I had at No. 18 last week. That was a great win for the Blue Devils, their first road win over a ranked team since 1971.

I dropped the Hokies (6-2) out of the top 25 but didn’t move Duke in. Instead, I opted for Ole Miss (5-3) at No. 25. If you compare Ole Miss to Duke, the Rebels have two quality wins (at Texas, LSU) compared with one for Duke.

The Blue Devils have one fewer loss than Ole Miss, but both of their losses are at home, to unranked teams (Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh). While all three of Ole Miss’ losses (No. 2 Alabama, No. 9 Auburn, No. 16 Texas A&M) are to ranked teams and two were on the road.

Oklahoma State (6-1) has an argument, and all the other voters like the Cowboys, but OSU’s only win over a team with a winning record is Mississippi State (4-3). The Cowboys will have their chance to move into the Top 25 this week with a road trip to No. 17 Texas Tech.

Giglio: 919-829-8939 or twitter.com/jwgiglio

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