Amid all the chaos in college football over the weekend, there was quite a bit of jostling in the major polls, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys managed to make a small move.
Both polls have the same teams in the Top 9 but in a slightly different order. The No. 10 team is different in each.
OSU rose to No. 10 in the Amway Coaches Poll and remained at No. 11 in the AP Poll after a pair of Top 5 teams—including Big 12 frontrunner TCU—fell on the road Saturday. The Cowboys host No. 8 Oklahoma in Bedlam Saturday afternoon.
Alabama once again sits atop both polls ahead of SEC East rival Georgia in the No. 2 spot vacated by Penn State following its one-point loss to Ohio State.
With that win, the Buckeyes moved up to No. 3 and are expected to be named in the first College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday despite losing at home to the Sooners earlier this year.
Lone Big Ten undefeated Wisconsin is No. 4 followed by a pair of ACC teams, defending champion Clemson at No. 5 and Miami at No. 6 in the Coaches Poll (Nos. 6 and 9, respectively in the AP).
Notre Dame, fresh off another blowout performance over a ranked opponent, climbed into the playoff discussion, surging four spots to No. 5 in the AP Poll. The coaches were less kind to the Fighting Irish, which took the eighth spot behind Penn State.
TCU lost unexpectedly to Iowa State in Ames Saturday but still kept the Pokes outside the Top 10 in the AP. That makes some sense as OSU’s lone loss this season came at the hands of the Horned Frogs.
With plenty of football remaining to be played, there are still more questions than answers, but anticipate the usual suspects being named in the first playoff rankings this week.
The Big 12, like the Pac-12, sits in a tough spot as no teams are undefeated, and the conference leaders have to battle it out over the next several weeks. But, the teams ranked above them still have to face one another, which could open the door for higher rankings and playoff contention.