Very quiet week this past week, with several teams on bye and the others generally finding a way to win. Just two teams in my Top 25 from the previous week lost, and one of them should not have.

This week, my first 19 teams stayed the same. Just a couple of small changes near the bottom:

1. Ohio State (8-0; Last week: 1) - Buckeyes had a bye last week, so no need to move them down.

2. LSU (7-0; LW: 2) - Tigers also had a bye week to get ready for this week's showdown with Alabama.

3. Baylor (7-0; LW: 3) - Another top team on a bye last week, the Bears' schedule gets tougher the rest of the way.

4. Clemson (8-0; LW: 4) - Tigers whipped NC State to solidify a spot in the top four.

5. Michigan State (8-0; LW: 5) - Spartans were on a bye last week, as well and will head to Nebraska this week.

6. TCU (8-0; LW: 6) - Horned Frogs stomped West Virginia, 40-10, and continue to impress.

7. Stanford (7-1; LW: 7) - Cardinal escaped at Washington State, 30-28. That's a tougher game than many around the country think.

8. Alabama (7-1; LW: 8) - Tide were on a bye last week.

9. Notre Dame (7-1; LW: 9) - Irish needed to go the distance, but found a way to beat an unbeaten Temple team on the road.

10. Utah (7-1; LW: 10) - Utes weren't dominant, but got the job done against Oregon State.

11. Florida (7-1; LW: 11) - Gators continued their great season by handling Georgia with ease.



Iowa (7-0; LW: 12) - Hawkeyes are quietly putting together a great season and routed Maryland last week.

13. Oklahoma State (8-0; LW: 13) - Looked more like a basketball score, but the Cowboys got past Texas Tech, 70-53.

14. Oklahoma (7-1; LW: 14) - Sooners, as expected, had no trouble with Kansas, 62-7.

15. Michigan (6-2; LW: 15) - It took every second to get it done, but the Wolverines got an important road win at Minnesota.

16. Memphis (8-0; LW: 16) - Tigers rolled past Tulane. They've got the big games coming up.

17. Florida State (7-1; LW: 17) - Seminoles bounced back from their first loss to roll past Syracuse.

18. Mississippi (7-2; LW: 18) - Rebels found a way to beat Auburn on the road.

19. Toledo (7-0; LW: 19) - Rockets had a bye week to get ready for the final stretch.

20. Houston (8-0; LW: 21) - My first change of the week. With Temple losing and Houston shutting out Vandy, I moved the Cougars up a spot.

21. Temple (7-1; LW: 20) - Owls moved down just one spot after a close loss against a Top-10 team.

22. Texas A&M (6-2; LW: 22) - Aggies ended a two-game skid by getting past South Carolina.

23. Wisconsin (7-2; LW: 24) - Four wins in a row for the Badgers, who beat Rutgers by 38.

24. North Carolina (7-1; LW: unranked) - Tar Heels deserved a spot this week after upsetting Pitt on the road for their seventh straight win.

25. UCLA (6-2; LW: 25) - Bruins got out-played by Colorado, but made more plays than the Buffs and won their second straight.

Dropped out

Duke (6-2; LW: 23) - Tough way to lose on a wild kickoff return that should not have counted, but it was still a home loss to a team that lost 58-0 a week earlier.

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