Kansas Football Cracks AP Top 25 For First Time In 11 Years

Oct. 7, 2007

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – After posting a 30-24 win at then 24th-ranked KansasState on Saturday and improving to 5-0 on the season, the University of Kansas football team found itself in the national rankings for the first time in 11 years.

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The Jayhawks enter all three current major polls -Associated Press, USA Today and Harris Interactive – ranked 20th in the nation. The last time Kansas was listed in the AP poll was Sept. 28, 1996 when the Jayhawks were also ranked 20th before losing 45-42 at Utah and falling out of the listings.

After cruising through four non-conference games, Kansas opened Big 12 play with a 30-24 win at KSU Saturday, its first victory against a ranked team since beating then #25 IowaState 24-21 in 2005. The win at KansasState was KU’s first road win against a ranked team since a 38-17 victory at 15th-ranked Oklahoma in 1995.

The win was the first for an un-ranked Kansas team against a ranked opponent since beating number two Oklahoma 28-11 in 1984.

This marks the 15th season in history in which Kansas has been ranked in the polls at least once, with the previous four seasons in the rankings coming in 1976, 1992, 1995 and 1996 before this week. Other seasons where Kansas has been in the polls included 1947, 50, 51, 52, 60, 61, 68, 73, 74, and 75.

KU spent three weeks in the top 25 in 1996 reaching the high mark of 20th before falling at Utah. The last time KU was higher than 20th was the final 1995 poll when the Jayhawks finished the year ninth in the AP poll after beating UCLA 51-30 in the Aloha Bowl.

Kansas hosts Baylor this week and is 44-27-2 when playing as a ranked team, including a 21-12-2 mark in home games as a top 25 team. The game will be televised by Fox College Sports Central and will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. Central time.

The Jayhawks have started 5-0 for just the second time in the last 39 years and are just one of 11 undefeated teams in the nation. Kansas has also won eight of its last nine games dating back to last season.

Associated Press Top 25
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS LAST
1 LSU (65) 6-0 1625 1
2 California 5-0 1538 3
3 Ohio St. 6-0 1511 4
4 Boston College 6-0 1346 7
5 South Florida 5-0 1339 6
6 Oklahoma 5-1 1221 10
7 South Carolina 5-1 1183 11
8 West Virginia 5-1 1059 13
9 Oregon 4-1 1047 14
10 Southern Cal 4-1 1024 2
11 Missouri 5-0 966 17
12 Virginia Tech 5-1 910 15
13 Florida 4-2 822 9
14 Arizona St. 6-0 752 18
15 Cincinnati 6-0 705 20
16 Hawaii 6-0 634 16
17 Kentucky 5-1 612 8
18 Illinois 5-1 595 NR
19 Wisconsin 5-1 551 5
20 Kansas 5-0 336 NR
21 Florida St. 4-1 307 NR
22 Auburn 4-2 248 NR
23 Texas 4-2 136 19
24 Georgia 4-2 131 12
25 Tennessee 3-2 90 NR
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Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 79, Colorado 48, Purdue 48, Indiana 40, Michigan 31, Texas Tech 27, Rutgers 25, Virginia 22, Connecticut 20, Kansas St. 18, Boise St. 17, Clemson 13, Penn St. 13, Maryland 11, Alabama 9, Nebraska 9, Mississippi St. 3, Washington 2, Wyoming 2.

First-place votes in parentheses

USA Today Poll

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Last week
1. LSU (58) 6-0 1,498 2
2. California 5-0 1,416 3
3. Ohio State (2) 6-0 1,399 4
4.

Boston College

6-0 1,283 6
5. (tie) Oklahoma 5-1 1,145 10
5. (tie) South Florida 5-0 1,145 9
7. Southern California 4-1 1,000 1
8. Oregon 4-1 936 13
9.

West Virginia

5-1 931 12
10. Virginia Tech 5-1 913 14
11. Missouri 5-0 897 17
12. South Carolina 5-1 823 18
13. Arizona State 6-0 763 19
14. Florida 4-2 714 7
15. Wisconsin 5-1 689 5
16. Hawaii 6-0 632 15
17. Cincinnati 6-0 578 24
18.

Kentucky

5-1 493 8
19.

Illinois

5-1 425 NR
20.

Kansas

5-0 390 NR
21. Florida State 4-1 213 NR
22. Texas 4-2 195 16
23.

Georgia

4-2 188 11
24. Purdue 5-1 149 20
25. Auburn 4-2 143 NR
Dropped out

Dropped out: No. 21 Rutgers (3-2, lost to then-No. 24 Cincinnati 28-23), No. 22 Clemson (4-2, lost to then-No. 14 Virginia Tech 41-23), No. 23 Nebraska (4-2, lost to then-No. 17 Missouri 41-6), No. 25 UCLA (4-2, lost to Notre Dame 20-6).

Others receiving votes

Others receiving votes: Virginia (5-1) 67; Tennessee (3-2) 60; Texas A&M (5-1) 52; Rutgers (3-2) 44; Texas Tech (5-1) 44; Boise State (3-1) 37; Connecticut (5-0) 36; Indiana (5-1) 30; Penn State (4-2) 27; Michigan (4-2) 22; Maryland (4-2) 20; Wyoming (4-1) 18; Clemson (4-2) 16; Colorado (4-2) 15; Wake Forest (3-2) 12; Nebraska (4-2) 10; Alabama (4-2) 6; Brigham Young (3-2) 6; Mississippi State (4-2) 6; Kansas State (3-2) 5; Stanford (2-3) 4; Michigan State (4-2) 3; UCLA (4-2) 2.

Harris Interactive Top 25
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS LAST
1 LSU (113) 6-0 2825
2 California 5-0 2654
3 Ohio St. 6-0 2643
4 Boston College 6-0 2406
5 Oklahoma 5-1 2218
6 South Florida 5-0 2166
7 Southern Cal 4-1 2015
8 West Virginia 5-1 1855
9 South Carolina 5-1 1809
10 Oregon 4-1 1692
11 Missouri 5-0 1610
12 Virginia Tech 5-1 1563
13 Florida 4-2 1364
14 Arizona St. 6-0 1359
15 Wisconsin 5-1 1309
16 Hawaii 6-0 1266
17 Cincinnati 6-0 1083
18 Kentucky 5-1 1034
19 Illinois 5-1 871
20 Kansas 5-0 630
21 Texas 4-2 372
22 Florida St. 4-1 344
23 Georgia 4-2 327
24 Purdue 5-1 270
25 Auburn 3-2 191