Charboneau’s AP vote: Make way for Narduzzi, Pitt

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

The top of the ballot stayed relatively intact this week as the first six all took care of business, though Alabama had a far tougher time at home against Tennessee, scoring the winning touchdown with less than three minutes to play.

But at this point in the season, you get the win and move on to the next week.

The shuffling in the poll came after that as Utah got worked over by Southern Cal and Florida State did its best Michigan imitation by losing on special teams as Georgia Tech returned a blocked field goal 78 yards for the winning score as time expired.

Three teams that didn’t play benefited as Iowa, Florida and Michigan all moved up a couple notches. Memphis took a five-spot jump after a blowout win to stay undefeated while Pittsburgh makes its first appearance in my top 25 rankings.

It seemed fitting that Pitt’s last-second field goal against Syracuse was aided by a fake punt call earlier in the drive by first-year coach Pat Narduzzi. The only question now is, did Narduzzi have a quirky name for the play? His previous boss, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, has become known for trick plays like “Little Giants,” “Mousetrap,” and “Charlie Brown.”

What could it have been called at Pitt? Maybe a tip of the cap to Dantonio with “Mousetrap II?”

Whatever it was, the Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC) are rolling under Narduzzi. They’ve won four of five on the road, have compiled a 5-1 record in games decided by single digits and are off to their best start in six year.


1. Ohio State (No. 1 last week)

2. TCU (2)

3. Baylor (3)

4. Michigan State (4)

5. Clemson (5)

6. Alabama (6)

7. LSU (8)

8. Stanford (11)

9. Notre Dame (10)

10. Oklahoma State (12)

11. Iowa (13)

12. Florida (14)

13. Michigan (15)

14. Oklahoma (17)

15. Memphis (20)

16. Toledo (16)

17. Temple (18)

18. Utah (7)

19. Houston (21)

20. Florida State (9)

21. Ole Miss (24)

22. Pittsburgh (NR)

23. Duke (23)

24. Mississippi State (25)

25. UCLA (NR)