The AP Top-25 Poll was released on Sunday afternoon with some significant movement. One team that didn’t move was the Oklahoma State Cowboys after OSU watched a wild Saturday of college football play out from the comfort of home and the shelter of a bye week.
Oklahoma State remains the No. 12 team in the nation and will face a Texas Longhorns squad that tumbled to No. 25 after blowing a 21 point lead to lose to Oklahoma by a touchdown in the Red River Rivalry. Texas received just two more votes (108) than Auburn did (106). A loss to Oklahoma State would drop Texas to 4-3 on the season and well out of the top-25. A win might move the Longhorns back into the top-20.
Future Big 12 member Cincinnati achieved its highest ranking in school history and the highest ranking by a non Power Five member in the College Football Playoff era at No. 3 after a blowout win over an overmatched Temple squad. The Bearcats jumped Penn State after the Nittany Lions lost to Iowa 23-20 and Alabama after the Crimson Tide lost to Texas A&M 41-38.
Texas A&M vaulted back into the top-25 and sit at No. 21 following the home win over the formerly top ranked team in the nation. Georgia moved up a spot from No. 2 to take the top spot in the AP Top-25 Poll. Oklahoma jumped two spots from No. 6 to No. 4 after win over Texas. OU joins OSU and Texas as the only ranked Big 12 teams. Baylor is effectively No. 28 after receiving 62 votes and Kansas State is effectively No. 31 after receiving three votes.
Oklahoma State could jump into the top-10 with a win over Texas next Saturday. No. 11 Kentucky takes on No. 1 Georgia on the road and is likely to lose, which provides OSU an opportunity to move up at least one spot with a win over Texas. The Cowboys and Longhorns are set to kick off at 11 on Saturday morning in Austin on Fox and Big Noon Saturday.