For a second straight week, Oklahoma State didn’t play but moved up in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll anyway.
The Cowboys (3-0, 2-0 Big 12) climbed one spot to No. 6 after North Carolina were upset 31-28 at Florida State. The Tar Heels dropped from No. 5 to No. 14.
It is OSU’s highest AP Top 25 ranking since Week 4 of the 2017 season, when they were ranked No. 6.
OSU had a bye week Oct. 10 and its Oct. 17 game at Baylor Bears was postponed to Dec. 12 because of a “significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases” among the Bears football program. The Cowboys are scheduled to host No. 17 Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. on FOX at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. The Cyclones will be OSU’s first ranked opponent this season.
Clemson and Alabama remained Nos. 1 and 2. Georgia’s 41-24 loss at Alabama saw the Bulldogs slide one spot to No. 4, while Notre Dame moved into the No. 3 spot following a 12-7 home win against Louisville.
Ohio State remains one spot ahead of the Cowboys at No. 5 despite not having played a game. The Buckeyes host Nebraska Oct. 24 as the Big Ten conference begins play this season.
Kansas State moved up two spots to No. 20 after its bye week. Three other Big 12 teams received votes: Oklahoma (74), West Virginia (57) and Texas (1).
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Others receiving votes: Memphis 76, Oklahoma 74, Tulsa 58, West Virginia 57, Auburn 48, Iowa 42, Louisiana-Lafayette 40, Liberty 37, Utah 36, UAB 30, Army 29, Arkansas 15, Air Force 14, Kentucky 12, Tennessee 11, Virginia 9, Arizona State 9, Washington 8, South Carolina 8, Indiana 4, Texas 1