Oklahoma State moved down two spots in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll to No. 17 after a 27-13 win against West Virginia on Saturday. It’s the second straight week the Cowboys have fallen in the poll, going from No. 11 to No. 15 a week ago.
No. 6 Ohio State, No. 10 Penn State and No. 14 Oregon returned to the poll Sunday, weeks before they start playing.
The rest of the rankings was rattled by the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and Mid-American conferences reversing course and deciding to play fall football after initially postponing because of COVID-19 concerns. None will kick off until late October at the earliest, but the AP decided all FBS teams planning to play in the fall would be eligible for inclusion in the Top 25.
The top two in the poll remained the same with top-ranked Clemson receiving 55 first-place votes and No. 2 Alabama getting three first-place votes. Florida moved up two spots to No. 3, Georgia stayed at No. 4 and Notre Dame also rose two places to round out the top five.
The biggest change in the poll saw two top-10 teams get upset at home. Oklahoma fall 15 spots to No. 18 after a 38-35 loss to Kansas State, and reigning College Football Playoff champion LSU dropped 14 spots to No. 20 with a 44-34 loss to Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 195, Louisiana-Lafayette 126, * Minnesota 110, * USC 104, Kansas State 60, SMU 37, Marshall 31, Baylor 22, * Iowa 16, * Utah 14, Virginia 12, Arkansas State 11, UAB 5, Washington 4, Kentucky 4, Louisville 4, Army 3