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25. Texas Tech
23. Arizona State
22. Notre Dame
21. Ole Miss
25. Fresno State
24. Michigan State
23. Arizona State
22. Ole Miss
21. Notre Dame
The back portion of the polls usually brings the biggest disparity. However, the media and the coaches were relatively agreeable this time around.
Most notably, Wisconsin slid back from No. 20 in the AP to No. 24, but fell all the way from No. 18 out of the coaches poll after falling to Arizona State. Given the absolute fiasco of an ending in Tempe, it makes sense that the media voters had mercy on the Badgers.
While Wisconsin, which hadn't allowed a point before falling 32-30 to ASU, bounced back, the Sun Devils drew the long straw and made a the big jump, debuting at No. 23 in both polls. Led by excellent backfield play from quarterback Taylor Kelly and running back Marion Grice, ASU has a chance to be a serious spoiler in Pac-12 play this season. That could start as early as next week when the Devils take on No. 5 Stanford.
Notre Dame and Ole Miss are expendable with one another at No. 21 and 22, though their stories are much different. After trouncing Texas 44-23, the Rebels are on the rise and are looking forward to challenging No. 1 Alabama in two weeks. ND, on the other hand, barely avoided an upset at the hands of Purdue, just one week after losing to Michigan.
The Irish will have to show improvement this week when they take on Michigan State, which debuted at No. 24 in the coaches poll this week. The Spartans showed signs of clearing up their offensive struggles in a 55-17 Week 3 win over Youngstown State.
The AP still wasn't impressed by MSU, instead keeping Wisconsin at No. 24. Unfortunately, the two Big Ten foes won't be able to duke it out on the field unless they both make the league title game.
Closing out both polls are two newcomers, Fresno State in the coaches poll and Texas Tech in the AP poll.
Both of their arrivals are impressive, as FSU jumped up despite having its contest with Colorado postponed due to flooding in Boulder. TTU made the jump into the AP poll after topping TCU despite not garnering a single vote the previous week.
Fresno State has its eyes on an undefeated run and a BCS bowl bid, but will have to take down Boise State this week (and perhaps again in the Mountain West championship game) to make that happen. Meanwhile, Texas Tech has legitimate BCS hopes as well, given the wide-open nature of the Big 12 Conference.