A top-5 matchup was Saturday night’s marquee game, but a handful of other national heavyweights flexed their muscles this weekend.
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: Utah, TCU, Texas, San Diego State, Georgia
25. North Dakota State (4-0)
(Entering week: Unranked) With the mass bloodshed we saw in the back half of this week’s poll, voters will need to come up with quite the excuse to leave out NDSU on Sunday.
24. Michigan State (2-2)
(Entering week: No. 17) Make it two straight disappointing weeks for the Spartans, who suffered a shocking overtime loss to Indiana on Saturday.
23. West Virginia (4-0)
(Entering week: Unranked) A 1-point win over Kansas State won’t raise many eyebrows, but voters don’t have many other options near the bottom of the poll.
22. Boise State (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 24) There was enough Top 25 turmoil to ensure that an 11-point home win over Utah State won’t hurt the Broncos much.
21. Colorado (4-1)
(Entering week: Unranked) The Buffaloes are beginning to look like a legitimate threat in the Pac-12. They surprised Oregon last week, and then beat the snot out of Washington State in Boulder for an encore.
20. Florida (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 23) Surviving the first game after a nightmare letdown at Tennessee was huge. Florida didn’t look great at Vandy, but it avoided the “L.”
19. Florida State (3-2)
(Entering week: No. 12) North Carolina finally realized its preseason potential with a narrow road win, and we’re beginning to wonder if the Seminoles are as good as we thought they were in August.
18. North Carolina (4-1)
(Entering week: Unranked) Speaking of the Heels, their offense is looking great under the guidance of quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who has topped 400 yards in three consecutive games.
17. Oklahoma (2-2)
(Entering week: Unranked) The Sooners gave up a touchdown on their first defensive play, but rebounded to deliver a wild 52-46 victory at No. 21 TCU.
16. Arkansas (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 20) Alcorn State didn’t put up much of a fight, but the Razorbacks showed few signs of weakness in a 52-10 home win.
15. Stanford (3-1)
(Entering week: No. 7) They went from Pac-12 favorites to Washington’s doormat during a 44-6 loss on Friday night.
14. Ole Miss (3-2)
(Entering week: No. 16) There was no repeat upset from Memphis on Saturday, as the Rebels held off their regional rival for a 48-28 win.
13. Nebraska (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 15) The Huskers don’t get many style points for their roller-coaster home win against Illinois, but they’re currently at the top of the Big Ten West and they’ll get to sit on the couch next week.
12. Wisconsin (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 8) Staying within 7 points of Michigan at the Big House appears to be a big accomplishment at this stage of the year. We’ll see if the Wolverines can keep up their torrid pace, but this is the sort of loss that looks good on the Badgers’ resumé.
11. Baylor (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 13) The Big 12 held its breath for most of Saturday’s contest in Ames, as one of its two undefeated teams appeared to be heading for an embarrassing loss. Fortunately for the conference, the Bears pulled out a 45-42 win at the buzzer.
10. Miami (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 14) Mark Richt’s team looks like it wants a say in the ACC race after claiming another impressive win; this one a 35-21 triumph at Georgia Tech.
9. Texas A&M (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 9) Winning ugly against South Carolina isn’t going to impress anybody, but A&M shouldn’t be worried about the polls until after it plays Alabama on Oct. 22, anyway.
8. Louisville (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 3) The Cardinals came within a few yards of knocking off No. 5 Clemson on the road. The ACC race looks red-hot.
7. Tennessee (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 11) It took a miracle at Georgia, but the Volunteers are still (somehow) undefeated. We’re inching closer to a mega “third week” showdown with Alabama.
6. Houston (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 6) With Navy’s loss on Saturday, Houston’s game in Annapolis next week is no longer an opportunity to impress voters. The Cougars will need to some luck down the stretch to sneak into the playoff field.
5. Washington (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 10) The Huskies are 5-0 for the first time since 1992, and they look as good as those late-’80s, early-’90s teams that dominated the West Coast.
4. Michigan (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 4) There were few fireworks in a 14-7 win over No. 8 Wisconsin, but the Wolverines remained in control against a strong opponent.
3. Clemson (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 5) A back-and-forth win over No. 3 Louisville ensured Clemson will remain the top dog in the ACC (for the time being).
2. Ohio State (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 2) Another week, another blowout win for the Buckeyes. We’d love a rematch of the 2015 Sugar Bowl.
1. Alabama (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 1) The Tide weren’t firing on all cylinders in a 28-point win over Kentucky, but few people are betting against Nick Saban at this point.