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NCAA polls will be released on Monday due to Hurricane Matthew

17 September 2016: Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban questions an official during the Alabama Crimson Tide 48-43 win over the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon Sportswire)
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The latest AP and Coaches polls for college football, which are usually released on Sunday, have been pushed back to Monday this week due to some games being postponed on account of Hurricane Matthew.

Most notably, the game between Georgia and South Carolina was rescheduled for 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The release of the polls has been pushed back to accommodate any votes those teams would receive. Florida Atlantic and Charlotte are also playing at noon, but neither of them are likely to garner any votes.

Georgia received votes in last week’s polls, but dropped out of the top 25 rankings with both the AP and Coaches after losing to Tennessee. With a win over South Carolina, they could realistically return to the top 25 once again.

It is not unprecedented for polls to be released during the week instead of on a Sunday. The polls were released on Tuesday following a Week 1 Monday night game between Florida State and Ole Miss.

What will be interesting to see is how a Sunday afternoon game between two major SEC programs performs with regard to television ratings while competing directly against the NFL. The SEC Network, which is televising the game, surely can’t be particularly happy to lose out on a Saturday matchup between two major conference programs.

In Week 6, both polls were in agreement on the top four teams in the country and, with each of them either inactive or winning Saturday there is little reason to expect much of a change at the top of the rankings.

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