We got an all-time classic between the No. 8 and No. 9 teams, but America’s heavyweight schools prevented any significant changes at the top.
Here’s our best guess at what The Associated Press voters will go with on Monday* (and we’ll make sure to update at the conclusion of Saturday’s late games):
*Remember, the poll is late this week due to UGA-South Carolina
Dropped out: Stanford, Colorado, North Carolina
25. LSU (3-2)
(Entering week: Unranked) They might never make up the Florida game, but there are still four major challenges — vs. Ole Miss, vs. Alabama, at Arkansas, at Texas A&M — waiting for the Tigers after next week’s meeting with Southern Miss.
24. Auburn (4-2)
(Entering week: Unranked) A 35-0 halftime lead shocked most SEC fans, though the Tigers weren’t very impressive in the second half of their big win at Mississippi State.
23. Western Michigan (6-0)
(Entering week: Unranked) Right on the fringe of this week’s Top 25, the Broncos should finally poke through after a 45-30 win over Northern Illinois.
22. Arkansas (4-2)
(Entering week: No. 16) The Razorbacks put up a decent fight against Alabama, but their defense was awful outside of forcing a trio of turnovers. At least Austin Allen survived.
21. Utah (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 24) Lowly Arizona took a 14-12 lead into the half, but Utah bounced back to outscore its Pac-12 opponent 17-0 in the third quarter en route to a convincing win.
20. West Virginia (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 22) The Mountaineers were on bye. They’ll travel to Texas Tech next week.
19. Florida State (4-2)
(Entering week: No. 23) DeMarcus Walker blocked Miami’s game-tying extra point attempt, giving the ‘Noles a 20-19 victory and extending their rivalry winning streak to seven.
18. Virginia Tech (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 25) The Hokies made their case to be considered one of the ACC’s top teams with a 34-3 beatdown of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
17. Oklahoma (3-2)
(Entering week: No. 20) A wild Red River Shootout resulted in a 45-40 Sooners win, and Baker Mayfield appears to be back in Heisman form.
16. Boise State (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 19) The Broncos have a great shot at going undefeated, but a lackluster schedule will likely keep them out of the College Football Playoff conversation.
15. Florida (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 18) Will the Gators ever play LSU? Who knows, but they will certainly benefit if the game is cancelled.
14. Houston (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 6) Hopes of a College Football Playoff berth went out the window with a loss at Navy.
13. Miami (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 10) A blocked extra point kept Miami from tying Florida State in the final minutes of a 20-19 loss at home. The ‘Canes are perfect no more.
12. Tennessee (5-1)
(Entering week: No. 9) The Volunteers’ magic appears to be gone after a double-overtime loss to Texas A&M. They’ll need to rebound against Alabama next week in Knoxville.
11. Ole Miss (3-2)
(Entering week: No. 14) The Rebels were on bye. Chad Kelly used his vacation to make headlines in Buffalo.
10. Baylor (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 13) The Bears were on bye. They host Kansas State next weekend.
9. Nebraska (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 12) The Huskers were on bye. They’re preparing for a trip to Indiana.
8. Wisconsin (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 11) The Badgers were on bye. They host Ohio State in primetime next Saturday night.
7. Louisville (4-1)
(Entering week: No. 7) The Cardinals were on bye. They host Duke on Friday night.
6. Texas A&M (6-0)
(Entering week: No. 8) While a blown 21-point lead was disheartening, the Aggies did the impossible: they snuffed the Zombie Vols. It’ll be a close call between A&M and Louisville in this week’s poll.
5. Washington (6-0)
(Entering week: No. 5) Mark off another milestone for this year’s Huskies; Saturday’s blowout win at Oregon was their first victory against the Ducks since 2003.
4. Michigan (6-0)
(Entering week: No. 4) Rutgers looked like a Pop Warner team against the Wolverines, who broke the 70-point mark with plenty of time to spare in the fourth quarter.
3. Clemson (6-0)
(Entering week: No. 3) The Tigers got their weekend started early with a 56-10 win at Boston College on Friday night.
2. Ohio State (5-0)
(Entering week: No. 2) We didn’t get the blowout we expected against Indiana, but the Buckeyes still produced a 21-point win at home.
1. Alabama (6-0)
(Entering week: No. 1) A few uncharacteristic Tide turnovers allowed Arkansas to stay close, but Nick Saban’s team put forth a punishing performance in Fayetteville that will allow it to keep the No. 1 spot locked down.