1-Texas Tech-Unbeaten in the nation’s best conference and beat the clear-cut No.1 team. Enough said.
2-Penn State-Yeah, the Big Ten is bad, but the guilt-by-association perception of the Nittany Lions is a bit extreme.
3-Alabama-Clemson and Georgia wins don’t seem like as big a deal now, but you’ve got to give the Tide credit for taking care of business all year.
4-Texas-The Longhorns still might have the best resume’ in the nation: three top 10 wins and a last-second loss at Texas Tech.
5-Florida-Gators are probably the best team in the nation right now, but you still can’t erase the Ole Miss loss.
6-Oklahoma-Sooners are giving up an awful lot of points
7-Oklahoma State-Cowboys can bet back in title picture with a win at Texas Tech this week.
8-USC-Pac-10 is so awful its hard to get a gauge on how good the Trojans are. Its best win was over Ohio State without Beanie
9-TCU-Horned Frogs have been a little bit more impressive than Utah. The debate will be answered on Thursday.
10-Boise State-Broncos put the wood to Hal Mumme on Saturday.
11-Utah-A win over TCU would put the Utes in prime position for a BCS at-large berth
12-Missouri-Tigers should cruise into Big 12 championship game after tough win at Baylor.
13-Ohio State-Rose Bowl is the best the Buckeyes can hope for.
14-Georgia-Bulldogs’ season now officially a disappointment
15-West Virginia-Bill Stewart has turned it around in Morgantown.
16-Georgia Tech-Paul Johnson gets my vote for Coach of the Year
17-Michigan State-Spartans kept Big Ten title hopes alive with late win vs. Wisconsin.
18-LSU-Tigers have done nothing thus far to suggest they’ll beat Alabama next week.
19-Ball State-Central Michigan could end the Cards’ unbeaten season on Nov. 19.
20-Florida State-Gave one away at Georgia Tech
21-Maryland-Not sure the Terrapins are really this good, but 6-2 and 3-1 in ACC deserves some sort of ranking
22-Northwestern-Banged-up Wildcats showed its character with miraculous win at Minnesota.
23-BYU-Needs to knock off Utah to erase memories of blowout loss to TCU.
24-California-Win over Michigan State in opener is still the season highlight.
25-South Carolina-Other than Vandy, Gamecocks have won the game they’re supposed to win.