Sep 092012

Arkansas is the 10th team since 1968, to drop out of the AP Poll a week after being ranked in the top 8, and they’re only the second team to do so in the last 25 years.

From a Top 8 Ranking to Out of the AP Poll the Next Week – (Since 1968)

Note: There are two reasons why I selected 1968, as the cut-off for the list.

(1): The 1968 season, was when the AP began to release a top 20 again. From 1962-1967, they only released a top 10.

(2): From 1936-1961, the AP Poll was far more volatile than it is today. For example, within that period, 46 teams were dropped from the poll after being ranked in the previous top 8.

Season Prev Rk Unranked Team UR in Poll # Opponent Result Final AP Ranking
1968 5 Oklahoma Poll #3 at (3) Notre Dame (IN) L 45-21 11
1968 6 Texas Poll #4 at Texas Tech L 31-22 3
1969 7 Houston (TX) Poll #2 at Florida L 59-34 12
1975 7 Auburn (AL) Poll #3 vs. Memphis (TN) L 31-20
1976 6 Missouri Poll #3 vs. Illinois L 31-6
1976 8 Southern California Poll #2 vs. Missouri L 46-25 2
1984 7 Notre Dame (IN) Poll #3 n Purdue (IN) L 23-21
1986 8 Tennessee Poll #3 vs. Mississippi St. L 27-23
2007 5 Michigan Poll #2 vs. Appalachian St. (NC) L 34-32 18
2012 8 Arkansas Poll #3 n Louisiana-Monroe L 34-31


Additional Info

  • Arkansas is one of only three teams from the SEC (since 1968), to be dropped from the AP Poll after being ranked in the previous poll’s top 8. The other SEC teams: 1975 Auburn and 1986 Tennessee. Those are also the only teams listed above, to never regain a ranking in the AP Poll at some point during the season.
  • Arkansas is only the third top 8 team (since 1968) to drop out of the next AP Poll, after only losing by a field goal or less.


Sources: College Football at Sports-Reference.comCollege Poll ArchiveCollege Football Data Warehouse

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