Not much changed atop the USA Today College Football Poll, but the argument will remain as to which team deserves to be ranked second behind Alabama.
The Crimson Tide once again handled its business, rolling Tennessee 44-13. But Alabama is about to enter the difficult portion of its schedule, with games against Mississippi State, LSU and Texas A&M on tap.
Oregon remains at No. 2 after crushing Arizona State 43-21. The final tally actually underscores how dominant the performance was—Oregon led 43-7 with 11:33 remaining in the second quarter before calling off the dogs (or Ducks, in this case).
But Oregon's performance, impressive as it was, won't separate the team from Florida and Kansas State. The Gators manhandled a very good South Carolina squad, 44-11, and jumped a spot to No. 3 over the Wildcats, who throttled Geno Smith and West Virginia, 55-14.
Generally speaking, there were few surprises this week (if you don't consider the ease in which Florida and Kansas State won, that is). Other than South Carolina, no teams in the Top 10 last week lost, though No. 5 Notre Dame scraped by with a 17-14 win over BYU, while No. 10 Florida State recovered from a slow start to beat Miami, 33-20.
Oregon State might have some qualms with the rankings, as three one-loss teams (LSU, Oklahoma and USC) are ranked ahead of the No. 9 Beavers.
Only one team that came into the week undefeated lost, with Cincinnati dropping to a Toledo side that now stands at 7-1 on the year. Along with Alabama, Oregon, Florida and Kansas State, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Louisville and Ohio State remain unblemished.
Cincinnati, TCU and Arizona State were all dropped from this week's rankings, with Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas replacing them.
Next week should see a far bigger rankings shift, with Alabama playing Mississippi State, Florida facing Georgia, Kansas State taking on Texas Tech, Notre Dame playing Oklahoma, Louisville taking on Cincinnati and Michigan facing Nebraska.
Here is this week's USA Today Top 25:
|4. Kansas State||7-0|
|5. Notre Dame||7-0|
|9. Oregon State||6-0|
|10. Florida State||7-1|
|12. Mississippi State||7-0|
|16. South Carolina||6-2|
|17. Texas Tech||6-1|
|18. Boise State||6-1|
|21. Texas A&M||5-2|
|22. West Virginia||5-2|
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