Blowout losses for Nebraska, Florida and Baylor should create some chaos toward the bottom of this week’s AP Top 25.
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Here’s our best guess at what The Associated Press voters will go with on Sunday (and we’ll make sure to update at the conclusion of Saturday’s late games):
Dropped out: Nebraska (No. 9), Baylor (No. 13)
25. Arkansas (6-3)
(Entering week: Unranked) Look who’s back! The Razorbacks’ third win over a Top 25 team should vault them into the Top 25. No guarantees, though; this week’s 20-30 range is mighty crowded.
24. USC (6-3)
(Entering week: Unranked) We’re seeing a completely different USC from the one that Alabama thrashed in September. The Trojans beat up Oregon, 45-20, to win their fifth straight on Saturday.
23. Virginia Tech (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 23) A 24-21 win at Duke was less than impressive, but VT is still tied with North Carolina for the ACC Coastal lead.
22. Florida (6-2)
(Entering week: No. 10) With visions of a second straight SEC East title dancing in their heads, the Gators came out flat at Arkansas and got spanked, 31-10.
21. Boise State (8-1)
(Entering week: No. 24) The Broncos allowed too many points in a 45-31 win over San Jose State, but there was enough carnage in the middle of the poll to keep Boise State moving in the right direction.
20. Oklahoma State (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 22) Down 9 points in the fourth quarter, Mason Rudolph led two touchdown drives to stun Kansas State and give OSU its fifth straight victory.
19. Washington State (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 25) The voters are finally ready to give Wazzu a little love. Mike Leach’s team won its sixth straight Pac-12 contest, shellacking Arizona, 69-7.
18. Colorado (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 21) A sloppy 20-10 win over UCLA on Friday night was more about survival than style points. Pinch yourself, Buffs fans: It’s November and your team is still in the College Football Playoff hunt.
17. Florida State (6-3)
(Entering week: No. 19) North Carolina State blew a late lead against Clemson a couple weeks ago, then let a 4-point lead slip away against the Seminoles on Saturday. Kudos to FSU’s redshirt freshman quarterback, Deondre Francois, who tossed the go-ahead touchdown pass with 3:09 remaining.
16. LSU (5-3)
(Entering week: No. 15) Danny Etling couldn’t come through with any big plays on Alabama’s half of the field, and the defense eventually slipped up against a punishing Crimson Tide running game. Voters won’t allow the Tigers to slip far after an admirable effort against the country’s No. 1 team.
15. Penn State (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 20) Is any team riding higher than the Nittany Lions? They’ve won five straight, and their past three games have gone as follows: a 24-21 win vs. No. 2 Ohio State, a 62-24 win at Purdue and a 41-14 win vs. Iowa.
14. North Carolina (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 18) The Heels didn’t give Georgia Tech much hope in a 48-20 romp. They’re still neck and neck with Virginia Tech in the ACC Coastal division.
13. Western Michigan (9-0)
(Entering week: No. 17) WMU recorded another MAC blowout on Tuesday night, and shouldn’t have much of a problem with Kent State next Saturday.
12. Utah (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 16) The only Top 25 team with a bye week, Utah is getting plenty of time to prepare for a Thursday night game at Arizona State.
11. Texas A&M (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 7) The Aggies lost star quarterback Trevor Knight during an ugly loss at Mississippi State and are effectively out of the SEC race.
10. West Virginia (7-1)
(Entering week: No. 14) Beating Kansas is nothing to write home about, but the Mountaineers needed to prove they’re OK after getting popped by Oklahoma State last week.
9. Oklahoma (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 12) Baker Mayfield and the Sooners snuck by Iowa State on Thursday night. They’ve now won six straight contests to take back the Big 12’s “team to beat” tag and re-enter the Top 10.
8. Auburn (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 11) Upset-minded Vanderbilt nearly claimed another victim, but Auburn fended off a late charge to get the “W.” If the Tigers win out, they’re going to Atlanta.
7. Wisconsin (7-2)
(Entering week: No. 8) Northwestern has been tough as of late, so it’s tough to knock the Badgers for a hard-fought 21-7 win in Evanston.
6. Ohio State (8-1)
(Entering week: No. 6) The Ohio State faithful can rest easy; Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes responded to a two-game skid with a blowout of No. 9 Nebraska at the Horseshoe.
5. Louisville (8-1)
(Entering week: No. 5) Is anyone going to catch Lamar Jackson in the Heisman race? He added 7 total touchdowns to his eye-popping resumé at Boston College.
4. Washington (9-0)
(Entering week: No. 4) Hell hath no fury like a team scorned by the College Football Playoff committee. The Huskies decimated California on the road after getting stiffed in the season’s first playoff ranking.
3. Clemson (9-0)
(Entering week: No. 3) In an effort to give their fans’ hearts a break, the Tigers didn’t allow any drama in a 54-0 victory over Syracuse.
2. Michigan (9-0)
(Entering week: No. 2) Another week, another blowout win for the Wolverines. They dumped Maryland, 59-3, in the Big House.
1. Alabama (9-0)
(Entering week: No. 1) Who can stop ‘Bama now? Resurgent Mississippi State gets the next crack, but everybody is already talking about a potential Top-10 matchup in the Iron Bowl.