Ohio State had never lost a road game under Urban Meyer until Saturday night in Happy Valley. That shocking result — coupled with Texas A&M’s nightmare finish at Alabama — ensured that we’ll get a shakeup near the top in this week’s Top 25 poll.
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: Houston (previously No. 11), Arkansas (previously No. 17), Ole Miss (previously No. 23)
25. Oklahoma State (5-2)
(Entering week: Unranked) There’s a logjam of teams waiting just outside the Top 25, but OSU did enough in a 24-point win vs. Kansas to slide into the spotlight.
24. Colorado (6-2)
(Entering week: Unranked) The Buffaloes continued their surprise run with a 10-5 win over Stanford. They still control their destiny in the Pac-12 South.
23. Penn State (5-2)
(Entering week: Unranked) Nobody had Penn State on their ballot last week, but that will change in a big way after the Nittany Lions upended mighty Ohio State.
22. Navy (5-1)
(Entering week: No. 24) Two weeks after upsetting Houston, the Naval Academy backed up its Top-25 status with a solid 14-point win over Memphis.
21. LSU (5-2)
(Entering week: No. 25) Leonard Fournette’s return keyed a huge victory for Ed Orgeron and his Tigers. At one point, the star running back had 249 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 7 carries.
20. North Carolina (6-2)
(Entering week: No. 22) Much like last season, the Heels are playing great football after dropping their opener. They’ve now won five of six thanks to a 35-14 drubbing of Virginia on Saturday.
19. Western Michigan (8-0)
(Entering week: No. 20) The MAC still can’t solve WMU. Quarterback Zach Terrell (29 of 35 for 398 yards and 3 touchdowns) was nearly perfect against rival Eastern Michigan, and the Broncos don’t play again until Tues., Nov. 1.
18. Utah (7-1)
(Entering week: No. 19) Running back Joe Williams set a school record with 332 rushing yards in a 52-45 win at UCLA.
17. Tennessee (5-2)
(Entering week: No. 18) Butch Jones and his battered Volunteers got a much-needed week off after a painful two-game stretch.
16. Auburn (5-2)
(Entering week: No. 21) Auburn might actually be a serious threat in the SEC West. The Tigers flexed their muscles against Arkansas, and their multi-pronged rushing attack continues to confound opponents. Look out, ‘Bama?
15. Oklahoma (5-2)
(Entering week: No. 16) Texas Tech scored at least 10 points in every quarter, but still fell to the Sooners in a classic Big 12 shootout. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield crossed the 500-yard passing mark, while running back Joe Mixon racked up more than 250 on the ground.
14. Florida (5-1)
(Entering week: No. 15) Thanks to the controversial postponement of its LSU matchup, Florida got its second bye week of the month this weekend. The Gators square off against Georgia next Saturday in Jacksonville (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS).
13. Boise State (7-0)
(Entering week: No. 14) A fourth-quarter touchdown in a 28-27 win over BYU helped the Broncos avoid their first loss, and they figure to be favored in all five of their remaining games.
12. Florida State (5-2)
(Entering week: No. 13) The Seminoles spent their bye week prepping for a primetime bout against Clemson next Saturday.
11. Texas A&M (6-1)
(Entering week: No. 6) Other teams have suffered worse fates in Tuscaloosa than A&M’s 19-point loss, but it now appears as if the Aggies will need a minor miracle to break into the playoff field.
10. West Virginia (6-0)
(Entering week: No. 12) Make that two consecutive blowouts for Dana Holgorsen’s Mountaineers. Maybe the Mountaineers have a playoff run in them, after all.
9. Wisconsin (5-2)
(Entering week: No. 10) A win at unranked Iowa was not pretty, but the Badgers have not been too interested in style points this season, anyway.
8. Baylor (6-0)
(Entering week: No. 9) With a pair of bye weeks now under its belt, Baylor now must go on the road for four of its final six games. Up next: a trip to Austin.
7. Nebraska (7-0)
(Entering week: No. 8) True to their 2016 form, the Huskers made another victory over an inferior opponent tougher than it should’ve been. We’ll see Big Red’s true colors over the next two weekends, when it travels to Wisconsin and Ohio State.
6. Ohio State (6-1)
(Entering week: No. 2) Penn State pulled off a shocking upset, handing Urban Meyer his first road loss in 21 tries as the Buckeyes coach. OSU will get an opportunity to rebound with a home game vs. Northwestern next weekend.
5. Louisville (6-1)
(Entering week: No. 7) Look who’s back on track. Lamar Jackson put together another game full of Heisman moments as the Cardinals decimated North Carolina State, 54-13.
4. Washington (7-0)
(Entering week: No. 5) The Huskies continued their run toward perfection with a 41-17 takedown of Oregon State in Seattle. ESPN’s “College Gameday” will follow the Huskies to Utah next weekend.
3. Clemson (7-0)
(Entering week: No. 4) The Tigers get a week off before they travel to Tallahassee for a primetime matchup with rival Florida State.
2. Michigan (7-0)
(Entering week: No. 3) Jim Harbaugh’s team swatted away Illinois, 41-8, for another blowout win. The Wolverines have now won five of their seven games by 37 points or more.
1. Alabama (8-0)
(Entering week: No. 1) After another demolition on Saturday, the Crimson Tide look like a good bet to run the table. Standing in their way: A trip to LSU and a potentially competitive Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa.