This week’s AP and Coaches polls are now out (find each here).
UW is not in either, but did receive votes in both, good enough technically for 30th in each, getting eight points in the AP and 10 in the Coaches.
Here, meanwhile, is My Top 25. No change at the very top as I’ve had LSU there for weeks. But some change elsewhere with Alabama’s loss to the Tigers, and lots of fluctuation near the bottom. I kept Oklahoma State ahead of Stanford, moving each up but keeping the Cowboys ahead of the Cardinal after their win over a good Kansas State team. Stanford has the better defense, but boy can Oklahoma State score. Each has huge tests in the next few weeks — Stanford hosting Oregon Saturday — that will more definitively decide that battle.
Two of my biggest risers elsewhere are Texas, with a dominating win over the same Texas Tech team that won a few weeks ago at Oklahoma, and USC, which toyed with Colorado to get a solid road win six days after a tough home loss to the Cardinal. This might be the best team USC has had since 2008, certainly with the way Matt Barkley is playing right now (he has a 14-2 TD-to-INT ratio in the last four games).
I have just three Pac-12 teams in the poll, moving Arizona State out after its loss at UCLA. ASU was basically 26th in my poll but I ultimately left the Devils out.
Here’s my complete ballot:
2, Oklahoma State
4, Boise State
10, Virginia Tech
12, Penn State
13, South Carolina
17, Kansas State
19, Michigan State
20, Southern Mississippi
22, Georgia Tech