|3||Boise State||7-0||3||48||v. Hawaii|
|7||Nebraska||7-1||10||13||at Iowa State|
|11||Oklahoma||7-1||13||23||at Texas A&M|
|13||South Carolina||6-2||17||30||v. (18)Arkansas|
|15||Michigan State||8-1||6||21||v. Minnesota|
|16||Missouri||7-1||7||7||at Texas Tech|
|18||Arkansas||6-2||18||26||at (13)South Carolina|
|19||Virginia Tech||6-2||19||41||v. Georgia Tech (Nov. 4)|
|20||Oklahoma State||7-1||23||28||v. (25)Baylor|
|22||North Carolina State||6-2||NR||15||at Clemson|
|23||Florida State||6-2||14||19||v. North Carolina|
|25||Baylor||7-2||NR||50||at (20)Oklahoma State|
Ohio State: The bloodletting in Minneapolis nets the Buckeyes a couple of spots. The coming bye week will present an equivalent challenge but the result may be the opposite as Stanford and Arizona have opportunities to climb over the OSU.
Penn State is improved, but Michigan continues its late season downward spiral (3-17 under Rodriguez in October and November). So, it continues to be a one game season for Ohio State at Iowa on November 20. Win, and a top 5 ranking seems likely. Lose, and get used to hanging out with Virginia Tech.
Trendspotting: For the first time in six weeks, my top five remained the same. That is either a commentary on my inability to place the best teams at the top of my poll or the lack of truly great teams this season. Or both. With two of the top five playing ranked opponents on the road, this new streak may stop at one week.
Then what?: Heading into the 10th weekend of college football not a single Big East team resides inside the vaunted Buckeye Commentary BlogPoll. What’s more interesting, there seems to be little hope of one breaking into the rankings. West Virginia was the last Big East squad to crack the poll, but there is a little that could convince me that they belong again.
Going up (or even): Not one of the six SEC teams dropped in the poll after last week. I guarantee that will not happen this week.