Duke moves up in AP poll, ECU gets vote
Posted November 24, 2013
After a come-from-behind win at Wake Forest Saturday, the Duke Blue Devils moved up one spot to No. 24 in the latest Associated Press football poll released Sunday.
It marks the first time since 1994 that Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) has been ranked in back-to-back AP polls as their ninth win of the year marked their best as a team since 1941. The Blue Devils are situated one spot behind Southern Cal and one spot ahead of Notre Dame in the latest poll.
Duke will close out their regular season in a noon kick-off against North Carolina on Saturday. The Blue Devils control their own destiny to reach the ACC Championship game for the first time ever.
East Carolina (9-2, 6-1 C-USA), fresh off a 42-28 win over NC State, earned one vote in the poll which would place them tied for 33rd overall. The nine wins mark a best for the Pirates in the Ruffin McNeill era.
Auburn moved up to No. 4 in the AP poll, setting up the second top-five matchup with Alabama in the history of the Iron Bowl.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide received 56 first-place votes and runs its streak of consecutive top-five rankings to 46, tying for the fourth-most in the 77-year history of the AP rankings.
No. 2 Florida State received four first-place votes. Undefeated Ohio State moved back to No. 3 after Baylor lost for the first time. The Bears slipped to No. 9 after a 49-17 loss at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are No. 7.
Missouri rounds out the top 5. Undefeated Fresno State out of the Mountain West, seeking to bust the BCS, is No. 16 and has opened up a 149-point edge on also unbeaten Northern Illinois.
Oregon fell seven spots to No. 12 after their second loss of the year.