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Poll Watch: The Miami Hurricanes leap into the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll

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The AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll have their biggest shakeups in years with the BIG 10’s and PAC-12’s departure from play. As team drop off the list, the. Hurricanes rise.

UM quarterback D’Eriq King gives his thoughts on the 2020 season opener after University of Miami beat the UAB Blazers 31-14, during the virtual postgame press conference at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
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College football’s kickoff weekend was not without surprises. From the Iowa State Cyclones’ loss to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns to the Notre Dame Irish’s unimpressive win over the Duke Blue Devils, there was plenty of intrigue in week 1. There was also the 16-13 loss the Florida State Seminoles suffered at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Neither team was in the AP Top 25 but, we just love to mention disgraces over here.

With one week of full action in the books, the likes of the Ohio State Buckeyes (2), Penn State Nittany Lions (7), Oregon Ducks (9), Wisconsin Badgers (12), Michigan Wolverines (16), USC Trojans (17), Minnesota Golden Gophers (19), Utah Utes (22), and Iowa Hawkeyes (24) have dropped out of the rankings due to their conference’s opting-out. With their exoduses, several new teams have etched their names on the AP Top 25 and NCAA Coaches Poll this week.

The AP Top 25

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1.Clemson

2.Alabama

3.Oklahoma

4.Georgia

5.Florida

6.LSU

7.Notre Dame

8.Auburn

9.Texas

10.Texas A&M

11.Oklahoma State

12.North Carolina

13.Cincinnati

14.UCF

15.Tennessee

16.Memphis

17.Miami

18.Lousiville

19.Louisiana

20.Virginia Tech

21.BYU

22.Army

23.Kentucky

24.Appalachian State

25.Pittsburgh

Others receiving votes:

Baylor 146; West Virginia 81; Georgia Tech 69; TCU 49; Virginia 39; Arkansas State 33; SMU 32; Iowa State 14; Mississippi State 14; Boise State 6; South Florida 6; Ole Miss 5;Texas Tech 5; UAB 4; Missouri 3; Air Force 2; Florida State 2;Marshall 2; Houston 1.

Coaches Poll

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1.Clemson (37)

2.Alabama (1)

3.Oklahoma

4.Georgia

5.LSU (3)

6.Florida

7.Notre Dame

8.Texas

9.Auburn

10.Texas A&M

11.North Carolina

12.Oklahoma State

13.UCF

14.Cincinnati

15.Memphis

16.Louisville

17.Tennessee

18.Miami

19.Virginia Tech

20.Kentucky

21.Louisiana

22.BYU

23.Appalachian State

24.Baylor

25.Army

Other receiving votes: Georgia Tech 96; Pittsburgh 81; West Virginia 59; Virginia 56; Texas Christian 56; Southern Methodist 25; Tulane 20; South Carolina 18; Boise State 15; Marshall 14; Arkansas St. 13; Mississippi State 12; Duke 12; Texas Tech 11; Mississippi 8; Coastal Carolina 8; Iowa State 6; North Texas 5; South Florida 3.

Analysis

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The Miami Hurricanes made their mark this weekend with their 31-14 win over the UAB Blazers. The team’s 337 yards rushing (Cam’Ron Harris 134 yards, D’Eriq King 83 yards, Jaylan Knighton 59 yards, and Donald Chaney Jr. 52 yards) and offensive surge did not go unnoticed. The Canes cracked the AP Top 25 at 17 and the Coaches Poll at 18. There are seven ACC teams in the AP Top 25 which is second-most of any conference, trailing the SEC. The Pittsburgh Panthers did not make the cut for Coaches Poll. The Canes will continue their march up the charts with an ACC showdown against the 18th ranked Louisville Cardinals this Saturday.

Go Canes and Florida State is still unranked.