SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 01: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck talks with reporters during the Bay Area college football media day at the Hotel Nikko on August 1, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Players and coaches from Stanford, Cal and San Jose State football programs met with reporters ahead of the new season during Bay Area college football media day. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

College Football Rankings 2011: Stanford Remains No. 6 In USA Today/Coaches Poll

The first 2011 preseason college football coaches poll slots the Oklahoma Sooners at No. 1, with Stanford standing sixth. We'll provide updates on additional polls as they are released. For more on the Cardinal, visit Rule of Tree.

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College Football Rankings 2011: Stanford Ranked Fifth In Blogpoll

Sports writers all throughout SB Nation appear to be a little bit more enthusiastic about the Stanford Cardinal than traditional media. The Cardinal stayed at 6th in the AP/USA Today polls, and they stayed at 5th in the Blogpoll. There probably won't be much change until Stanford loses or teams above them lose, but at the moment Andrew Luck's team seems to be the class of the conference.

Stanford received one first place vote from Brian Cook of MgoBlog, founder of the Blogpoll. Brian has had the Cardinal ranked number one since the start of the season based on the way they blew through the Pac-10 the last two months of the 2010 regular season and the array of star power they brought back. Brian probably hasn't watched much Stanford football yet, but they haven't been quite as consistent as he probably thought they would be. It's probably why he stands alone in his number one ranking of the Cardinal.

For more on Stanford football, head to Rule of Tree.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 3

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (19) 23.86 1.00 Arrow_up 2
2 LSU Tigers (33) 23.82 1.97 Arrow_down -1
3 Oklahoma Sooners (18) 22.93 2.52 Arrow_down -1
4 Boise St. Broncos (1) 21.37 3.07 --
5 Stanford Cardinal (1) 19.22 3.44 --
6 Florida St. Seminoles (1) 19.10 3.42 --
7 Wisconsin Badgers 19.08 2.49 --
8 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 16.34 4.00 Arrow_up 3
9 Texas A&M Aggies 15.52 4.02 Arrow_down -1
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 14.59 3.57 Arrow_up 2
11 Nebraska Cornhuskers 14.48 4.15 Arrow_down -2
12 Arkansas Razorbacks 13.37 3.73 Arrow_up 1
13 Oregon Ducks 13.26 4.89 Arrow_up 1
14 Virginia Tech Hokies 13.18 3.13 Arrow_down -4
15 Michigan St. Spartans 9.16 4.48 Arrow_up 2
16 Florida Gators 8.26 4.88 Arrow_up 3
17 Ohio St. Buckeyes 6.75 4.05 Arrow_down -2
18 West Virginia Mountaineers 6.60 3.25 Arrow_up 2
19 South Florida Bulls 6.38 4.46 Arrow_up 2
20 Baylor Bears 6.34 4.71 Arrow_down -2
21 Arizona St. Sun Devils 5.79 4.20 Arrow_up 5
22 Auburn Tigers 4.89 4.16 Arrow_up 11
23 Texas Longhorns 2.84 3.36 Arrow_up 2
24 USC Trojans 2.52 3.42 Arrow_up 6
25 Michigan Wolverines 2.15 3.92 Arrow_up 7
Others Receiving Votes: TCU Horned Frogs | Houston Cougars | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Central Florida Knights | Tennessee Volunteers | Missouri Tigers | Pittsburgh Panthers | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | California Golden Bears | Illinois Fighting Illini | Washington St. Cougars | Maryland Terrapins | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Clemson Tigers | Northwestern Wildcats | Fla. International Golden Panthers | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Temple Owls | Georgia Bulldogs | Utah Utes | Iowa Hawkeyes | Ohio Bobcats | North Carolina Tar Heels | BYU Cougars | Bowling Green Falcons | Iowa St. Cyclones | Kansas Jayhawks | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Kentucky Wildcats | East Carolina Pirates | Navy Midshipmen
Updated: Sep 12, 2011 6:27 AM PDT

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011


College Football Rankings 2011: AP Poll Features Only Modest Change In Top Six

The week three college football rankings are being released and the newest edition of the AP Poll has Stanford remaining sixth overall. The Cardinal went on the road and easily defeated the Duke Blue Devils 44-14. The top of the rankings featured fairly modest matchups for each team, and thus few changes. Alabama did defeat a ranked Penn State squad and that victory allowed them to leap-frog LSU in the AP Poll. Alabama had trailed the Tigers by six points and now lead them by six points.

The Cardinal did gain a bit of ground on No. 5 Florida State. The Seminoles wrapped up the cupcake portion of their schedule and lost a few points because of it. FSU led Stanford by 42 points in the rankings, but now leads them by 33 points. Of course, the upcoming schedule makes that point differential fairly irrelevant. In the biggest matchup of week four, the Seminoles host top ranked Oklahoma next Saturday in the biggest game of the week.

Barring an absolute blowout, a loss won't drop Florida State too far, but would be enough to get Stanford above the Seminoles. That is also assuming Stanford handles its business at Arizona in their Pac-12 opener. The Cardinal will be favorites in that game as Andrew Luck looks to further his Heisman campaign.

LSU and Boise State have their own intriguing matchups next week as well. The Tigers open SEC play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Broncos take on the Toledo Rockets. Both are road games and considering how well the Rockets hung with Ohio State, Boise State could have their hands full.


College Football Rankings 2011: USA Today Ranks Stanford Sixth In Country

The latest USA Today poll is out for college football, and Stanford University is holding strong at sixth in the nation still. They’ve manhandled their first two opponents thus far this season, leaving them the highest ranked team in the Pac-12, as well as the second highest team in the West behind Boise State.

Heisman hopeful Andrew Luck got off to a bit of a slow start against Duke on Saturday but finished off very strong, eventually taking out the Blue Devils down in Durham by a score of 44-14 to give them a 2-0 jumpstart on their season. The Cardinal finished the week with 1,165 points in the rankings, just about 50 points behind fifth ranked Florida State, who were edged by Boise State by four points for the fourth spot in the poll.

LSU, Alabama, and Oklahoma round out the top three in the USA Today poll, with the Sooners getting 44 first place votes, coming in as the hands-down favorite this week in the NCAA.

For SB Nation's college football rankings, click here. For more on the Cardinal, head over to Rule of Tree to get your fix.


College Football Rankings 2011: AP Poll Features Stanford Rise To No. 6

The Associated Press released their first regular season Top 25 poll and the Stanford Cardinal have risen from No. 7 to No. 6 thanks primarily to Oregon's ugly loss to the LSU Tigers. It helped that Stanford easily defeated the San Jose State Spartans, but they were not going to receive a whole lot of bonus points for the win. The Cardinal picked up 63 points in the AP poll and actually closed the gap with now No. 5 Florida State, trailing them by only 42 points.

Oklahoma lost four first place votes as the LSU Tigers were richly rewarded by the AP voters. They climbed from fourth to second, leap-frogging Alabama and gaining 16 first place votes in the process. Nobody is really "in the driver's seat" at this point in the process, but LSU did the most for their cause with the win over Oregon. Even if Oregon ends up proving vastly overrated this year, the early win gets LSU in prime position in the polls.

The Boise State Broncos were the second beneficiary this week following their strong road victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. The Broncos climbed from No. 5 to No. 4 and gained 110 points in the poll, leaving them less than 100 points behind Alabama at No. 3. The Broncos schedule is not as strong as some of the team's ahead of them, so they will look to take advantage of every chance they get this season to climb into a possible national title game appearance.


College Football Rankings 2011, Week One: USA Today/Coaches Poll Ranks Stanford No. 6

The USA Today/Coaches Poll was released Tuesday morning following the Labor Day weekend and the Stanford Cardinal remain situated at number six in the rankings. The Cardinal handily dispatched the San Jose State Spartans 57-3, but given the level of competition it is not surprising the Cardinal did not rise in the rankings. They were leap-frogged by Boise State while Oregon dropped to 14.

Oklahoma retained their lead atop the rankings and actually added a first place vote. Alabama lost four votes to Oklahoma and LSU, with the Tigers climbing to seven first place votes and third place. Florida State also moved up one spot to fourth with their win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Boise State was the big beneficiary this week as they climbed two spots on the back of their dominant road win over the Georgia Bulldogs. The Broncos schedule took a hit this past week with TCU's upset loss to Baylor. The loss dropped TCU to No. 25 and hurts the Broncos schedule. Boise State made the move to the Mountain West, but the loss of BYU and Utah will cost them as they make their bid for a shot at the national championship.

Stanford travels to face the Duke Blue Devils in a tune-up for the Cardinal's Pac-12 opener against Arizona on September 17. It's a fairly quiet week in the rankings as the only ranked matchups feature teams further down the polls.


College Football Rankings: Stanford Likely Moving Ahead Of Oregon

The Stanford Cardinal had the most impressive performance of the weekend in the conference against the San Jose St. Spartans, and currently look like the class of the conference. And the NCAA rankings are likely to show it, as they'll probably be tops in the Pac-12 when the new polls are released Tuesday.

The Oregon Ducks, beset by penalties and turnovers and injuries, struggled mightily in their season opener against the LSU Tigers, and are likely to drop at least several spots. It'd be hard to see them staying ahead of Stanford after their performance, even if their loss came against a top 3 opponent. Oregon will need to drop four or five spots to move past Stanford, which is well within the realm of reason.

It's not looking like there'll be any serious contenders (yet) to Stanford's current Pac-12 reign. The only other Pac-12 team ranked is USC, and they barely scraped by Minnesota. Arizona State could potentially be ranked after their victory over UC Davis, but they'll have to beat some real competition (which will come this week against Missouri) before anyone takes their bid seriously. 


College Football Rankings: AP Poll Ranks Stanford No. 7

The college football season starts in two weeks and we have another view of the field as the Associated Press released their first poll of the new season. The 2011 AP college football poll has Oklahoma number one and the Stanford Cardinal sitting at seventh. The Cardinal are sixth in the coaches poll.

The current rankings open the door for a shakeup right off the bat. The number three Oregon Ducks face the LSU Tigers in Arlington, Texas in the first monster matchup of the season. Although it's a long season, the winner of this contest puts themselves in the early driver's seat for a serious BCS opportunity.

The number five Boise State Broncos face a tough challenge early on as they travel to Athens, GA to face the 19th ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Boise will be a tough team this year, but road contests can always be tough and an upset would not be shocking.

These two games could have Stanford in the AP top five a week into the season.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Oklahoma (36) 0-0 1,464 NR
2 Alabama (17) 0-0 1,439 NR
3 Oregon (4) 0-0 1,330 NR
4 LSU (1) 0-0 1,286 NR
5 Boise State (2) 0-0 1,200 NR
6 Florida State 0-0 1,168 NR
7 Stanford 0-0 1,091 NR
8 Texas A&M 0-0 965 NR
9 Oklahoma State 0-0 955 NR
10 Nebraska 0-0 910 NR
11 Wisconsin 0-0 900 NR
12 South Carolina 0-0 848 NR
13 Virginia Tech 0-0 821 NR
14 TCU 0-0 690 NR
15 Arkansas 0-0 686 NR
16 Notre Dame 0-0 530 NR
17 Michigan State 0-0 519 NR
18 Ohio State 0-0 443 NR
19 Georgia 0-0 369 NR
20 Mississippi State 0-0 361 NR
21 Missouri 0-0 258 NR
22 Florida 0-0 228 NR
23 Auburn 0-0 219 NR
24 West Virginia 0-0 207 NR
25 USC 0-0 160 NR

College Football Rankings 2011: USA Today Coaches Poll Ranks Stanford No. 6

The first 2011 preseason college football coaches poll slots the Oklahoma Sooners at No. 1, with Stanford standing sixth. We'll provide updates on additional polls as they are released. For more on the Cardinal, visit Rule of Tree.

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