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College Football: Rematch of AP Ranked Teams

Posted by Andrew McKillop on December 1, 2011

Championship Saturday will consist of two rematches of AP ranked teams.  No. 5 Virginia Tech will try to avenge their earlier season loss to No. 21 Clemson.  Meanwhile No. 15 Wisconsin will try to forget the Hail Mary pass, that No. 11 Michigan State defeated them with back in October.

In the history of the AP poll, there have been 19 other instances of two ranked teams meeting each other twice in the same season.  Checkout the list below.

Year Date Rk Won/Tie Rk Lost/Tie Score
1959 10/31/1959 1 LSU vs 3 Mississippi 7-3
1/1/1960 2 Mississippi n 3 LSU 21-0
1975 10/4/1975 2 Ohio St at 13 UCLA 41-20
1/1/1976 11 UCLA n 1 Ohio St 23-10
1978 11/11/1978 4 Nebraska vs 1 Oklahoma 17-14
1/1/1979 4 Oklahoma n 6 Nebraska 31-24
1982 9/25/1982 12 UCLA at 20 Michigan 31-27
1/1/1983 5 UCLA n 19 Michigan 24-14
1994 11/26/1994 4 Florida vs 7 Florida St 31-31
1/2/1995 7 Florida St n 5 Florida 23-17
1996 11/30/1996 2 Florida St vs 1 Florida 24-21
1/2/1997 3 Florida n 1 Florida St 52-20
1999 10/2/1999 21 Alabama at 3 Florida 40-39
12/4/1999 7 Alabama n 5 Florida 34-7
1999 10/23/1999 18 Texas vs 3 Nebraska 24-20
12/4/1999 3 Nebraska n 12 Texas 22-6
Year Date  Rk Won Rk Lost Score
2000 10/14/2000 10 Florida vs 19 Auburn 38-7
12/2/2000 7 Florida n 18 Auburn 28-6
2000 10/14/2000 8 Oklahoma at 2 Kansas St 41-31
12/2/2000 1 Oklahoma n 8 Kansas St 27-24
2001 9/29/2001 7 Tennessee vs 14 LSU 26-18
12/8/2001 21 LSU n 2 Tennessee 31-20
2001 10/20/2001 9 Texas vs 14 Colorado 41-7
12/1/2001 9 Colorado n 3 Texas 39-37
2002 11/2/2002 2 Oklahoma vs 13 Colorado 27-11
12/7/2002 8 Oklahoma n 12 Colorado 29-7
2003 9/20/2003 11 LSU vs 7 Georgia 17-10
12/6/2003 3 LSU n 5 Georgia 34-13
2003 10/11/2003 2 Miami FL at 5 Florida St 22-14
1/1/2004 10 Miami FL n 9 Florida St 16-14
Year Date Rk Won Rk Lost Score
2004 10/2/2004 8 Auburn at 10 Tennessee 34-10
12/4/2004 3 Auburn n 15 Tennessee 38-28
2007 10/13/2007 6 Oklahoma vs 11 Missouri 41-31
12/1/2007 9 Oklahoma n 1 Missouri 38-17
2007 10/25/2007 2 Boston College at 8 Virginia Tech 14-10
12/1/2007 6 Virginia Tech n 12 Boston College 30-16
2010 9/25/2010 17 Auburn vs 12 South Carolina 35-27
12/4/2010 2 Auburn n 18 South Carolina 56-17
2011 10/1/2011 13 Clemson at 11 Virginia Tech 23-3
12/3/2011 5 Virginia Tech ? n 21 Clemson ? ?
2011 10/22/2011 15 Michigan St vs 4 Wisconsin 37-31
12/3/2011 11 Michigan St ? n 15 Wisconsin ? ?

 

Teams that have won the first game in a two-game season series between AP ranked teams, have a 10-9 record in the rematch game.  In conference championship games, that record goes to 8-4.

Teams that were upset in the first game of a two-game season series (defeated by a team with a worst ranking), have a record of 3-4 in the rematch.  Three out of those four losses came when their opponent had the better ranking the second time around; thus no longer an “upset” victory”.

It’s the first time in their school’s histories, that Clemson, Michigan State, and Wisconsin will play in a in-season ranked rematch game.  It’s the second time for Virginia Tech.  Back in 2007, they went 1-1 against Boston College; winning the ranked rematch game in the ACC Championship Game.

All signs are pointing to an LSU-Alabama rematch in the BCS Championship Game.  If this does occur, it will be the first time there have ever been three ranked rematch games in one season.

 

Reference: College Football at Sports-Reference.com, College Poll Archive

 

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College Football: Three or More AP Top Five Teams Losing in the Same Week

Posted by Andrew McKillop on November 20, 2011

One of the networks was reporting that it was only the second time three teams ranked in the top five, all lost in the same week.  This is half-true.  In the BCS era and within the BCS poll yes, it is only the second time.  But the history of college football and rankings stretches further back then the BCS.

In the history of the AP Poll, there have now been 20 instances in which three or more teams ranked in the AP Top Five, lost in the same week.  Checkout the list below.

Year Wk Date  Rk Losing School Rk Winning School Score
1943 9 11/6/1943 3 Army n 1 Notre Dame 0-26
1943 9 11/6/1943 4 USC at San Diego Navy 7-10
1943 9 11/6/1943 5 Pennsylvania vs 7 Navy 7-24
1950 16 1/1/1951 1 Oklahoma n 3 Kentucky 7-13
1950 16 1/1/1951 4 California n Michigan 6-14
1950 16 1/1/1951 5 Texas n 9 Tennessee 14-20
1953 6 10/24/1953 2 Michigan St at Purdue 0-6
1953 6 10/24/1953 4 Georgia Tech at 1 Notre Dame 14-27
1953 6 10/24/1953 5 Michigan at Minnesota 0-22
1957 10 11/16/1957 1 Texas A&M at 20 Rice 6-7
1957 10 11/16/1957 2 Oklahoma vs Notre Dame 0-7
1957 10 11/16/1957 5 Iowa at 6 Ohio St 13-17
Year Wk Date  Rk Losing School Rk Winning School Score
1965 16 1/1/1966 1 Michigan St n 5 UCLA 12-14
1965 16 1/1/1966 2 Arkansas n LSU 7-14
1965 16 1/1/1966 3 Nebraska n 4 Alabama 28-39
1970 19 1/1/1971 1 Texas n 6 Notre Dame 11-24
1970 19 1/1/1971 2 Ohio St n 12 Stanford 17-27
1970 19 1/1/1971 5 LSU n 3 Nebraska 12-17
1971 17 1/1/1972 2 Alabama n 1 Nebraska 6-38
1971 17 1/1/1972 4 Michigan n 16 Stanford 12-13
1971 17 1/1/1972 5 Auburn n 3 Oklahoma 22-40
1976 18 1/1/1977 2 Michigan n 3 USC 6-14
1976 18 1/1/1977 4 Maryland n 6 Houston 21-30
1976 18 1/1/1977 5 Georgia n 1 Pittsburgh 3-27
1977 19 1/2/1978 1 Texas n 5 Notre Dame 10-38
1977 19 1/2/1978 2 Oklahoma n 6 Arkansas 6-31
1977 19 1/2/1978 4 Michigan n 13 Washington 20-27
Year Wk Date  Rk Losing School Rk Winning School Score
1981 18 1/1/1982 2 Georgia n 10 Pittsburgh 20-24
1981 18 1/1/1982 3 Alabama n 6 Texas 12-14
1981 18 1/1/1982 4 Nebraska n 1 Clemson 15-22
1983 4 9/17/1983 2 Oklahoma vs 6 Ohio St 14-24
1983 4 9/17/1983 4 Notre Dame vs Michigan St 23-28
1983 4 9/17/1983 5 Auburn vs 3 Texas 7-20
1983 20 1/2/1984 1 Nebraska n 5 Miami FL 30-31
1983 20 1/2/1984 2 Texas n 7 Georgia 9-10
1983 20 1/2/1984 4 Illinois n UCLA 9-45
1985 8 10/19/1985 2 Michigan at 1 Iowa 10-12
1985 8 10/19/1985 3 Oklahoma vs Miami FL 14-27
1985 8 10/19/1985 4 Arkansas vs Texas 13-15
1985 20 1/1/1986 1 Penn St n 3 Oklahoma 10-25
1985 20 1/1/1986 2 Miami FL n 8 Tennessee 7-35
1985 20 1/1/1986 4 Iowa n 13 UCLA 28-45
Year Wk Date Rk Losing School Rk Winning School Score
1990 11 11/3/1990 1 Virginia vs 16 Georgia Tech 38-41
1990 11 11/3/1990 3 Nebraska vs 9 Colorado 12-27
1990 11 11/3/1990 4 Auburn at 15 Florida 7-48
1990 11 11/3/1990 5 Illinois vs 13 Iowa 28-54
1993 13 11/20/1993 1 Notre Dame vs 17 Boston College 39-41
1993 13 11/20/1993 4 Miami FL at 9 West Virginia 14-17
1993 13 11/20/1993 5 Ohio St at Michigan 0-28
2001 9 10/27/2001 2 Oklahoma at 3 Nebraska 10-20
2001 9 10/27/2001 4 UCLA at 20 Stanford 28-38
2001 9 10/27/2001 5 Virginia Tech vs Syracuse 14-22
2002 11 11/2/2002 3 Virginia Tech vs Pittsburgh 21-28
2002 11 11/2/2002 4 Notre Dame vs Boston College 7-14
2002 11 11/2/2002 5 Georgia n Florida 13-20
2008 7 10/11/2008 1 Oklahoma n 5 Texas 35-45
2008 7 10/11/2008 3 Missouri vs 17 Oklahoma St 23-28
2008 7 10/11/2008 4 LSU at 11 Florida 21-51
2011 12 11/18/2011 2 Oklahoma St at Iowa St 31-37
2011 12 11/19/2011 4 Oregon vs 18 USC 35-38
2011 12 11/19/2011 5 Oklahoma at 25 Baylor 38-45

 

Additional Notes

  • On November 3rd, 1990, four teams ranked in the AP Top Five lost; it’s the most AP Top Five ranked schools to lose in one week, and the only time it has ever occurred.  No 2. Notre Dame defeated Navy 52-31 that week.
  • It’s only the second time ever that three schools in the AP Top Five all lost on the same week, without one of them playing a team in the AP Top Ten.  The other occurrence was in 2002, when No. 3 Virginia Tech, No. 4 Notre Dame, and No. 5 Georgia all lost to unranked opponents.
  • Oklahoma has been involved in three of the last four instances, in which three AP Top Five teams lost in the same week.
  • Pointless observation, but all of the AP Top Five teams that lost this week, have a school name that starts with the letter “O”.

 

Reference: College Football at Sports-Reference.com, College Poll Archive, College Football Data Warehouse

 

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College Football: No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 in the AP Poll All From the Same Conference

Posted by Andrew McKillop on November 19, 2011

When the new AP Poll is released, there is a good chance that the three top spots in the AP Poll will be occupied by teams from the SEC West (LSU No. 1, Alabama No. 2, and Arkansas No 3).  If this does occur it will be the first time since 1971, that one conference occupied the three top spots in the weekly AP Poll.

In the final poll of the 1971 season, teams from the Big 8 occupied the three top spots of the AP Poll; Oklahoma (No. 1), Nebraska (No. 2), and Colorado (No. 3).  It’s the only time one conference occupied the three top spots in the weekly AP Poll.

It’s important to note, that independents have been ranked in the top three spots of the AP poll on 18 occasions, last occurring in the second AP Poll of the 1990 season; Miami (No. 1), Notre Dame (No. 2), and Florida State (tied No. 3).

 

Reference: College Football at Sports-Reference.com, College Poll Archive, College Football Data Warehouse

 

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