Michigan and Ohio State dodged bullets from unranked teams, but Saturday lacked any of the major drama that shook up the polls last week.
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: San Diego State (previously No. 24), Troy (No. 25)
Also receiving votes: Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Navy
25. Washington State (8-3)
(Entering week: No. 20) No one will be surprised if the Cougars slip off this list after losing at Colorado, but it will be tough for voters to discount Wazzu’s 7-game winning streak entering the weekend.
24. North Carolina (8-3)
(Entering week: Unranked) There’s a glut of teams worthy of the No. 24 and No. 25 spots, but North Carolina was second-highest in the unranked pecking order entering the week (behind Houston) and the Heels got an easy win against The Citadel.
23. Texas A&M (8-3)
(Entering week: No. 23) Game 2 without Trevor Knight was ugly, but don’t blame it all on new starter Jake Hubenak. The sophomore completed 19 of 32 passes for 248 yards and a score as the Aggies escaped with a 23-10 win over Texas-San Antonio.
22. LSU (6-4)
(Entering week: No. 16) Four losses might be too many to stick around in the poll, but LSU was 1 yard away from beating Florida, and fellow SEC team Texas A&M looked much less impressive in a close win over UTSA.
21. Boise State (10-1)
(Entering week: No. 22) Running back Jeremy McNichols had another huge game, rumbling for 200-plus yards and 4 touchdowns in a 42-25 win over UNLV on Friday night.
20. Utah (8-3)
(Entering week: No. 11) Few teams — if any — had a more traumatic weekend than the Utes, who allowed a long game-winning touchdown pass to Oregon with 2 seconds remaining to get bounced from the Pac-12 South race.
19. Nebraska (9-2)
(Entering week: No. 19) Quarterback Tommy Armstrong was out with a hamstring injury, but the Huskers still took care of Maryland, 28-7, without much trouble.
18. West Virginia (8-2)
(Entering week: No. 10) One of the biggest home games in school history turned into a nightmare early. Oklahoma ran all over WVU to shove the Mountaineers out of the Big 12 title picture.
17. Houston (9-2)
(Entering week: Unranked) The week’s most surprising result came Thursday night, when the Cougars dismantled No. 3 Louisville to shake up the College Football Playoff field even further.
16. Florida (8-2)
(Entering week: No. 21) After nearly two months of hearing about how it was scared to play LSU, Florida responded by stuffing the Tigers at the goal line to clinch the SEC East with a 16-10 win.
15. Auburn (8-3)
(Entering week: No. 18) Alabama A&M didn’t stand a chance on the Plains, but Auburn must now gear up for the Iron Bowl, which they haven’t won since the “Kick Six” in 2013.
14. Florida State (8-3)
(Entering week: No. 17) We’re headed for a big showdown in the Sunshine State next weekend. After rolling past Syracuse, 45-14, FSU will host in-state rival Florida in a game that’s sure to have New Year’s Six implications.
13. USC (8-3)
(Entering week: No. 15) The Trojans defeated UCLA to extend their winning streak to seven games, their longest since 2008.
12. Western Michigan (11-0)
(Entering week: No. 14) There are two undefeated teams in the country: Alabama and WMU. The Broncos picked up their 11th win by blanking Buffalo, 38-0, on Saturday.
11. Louisville (9-2)
(Entering week: No. 3) Lamar Jackson is still the heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, but his Cardinals had their playoff dreams crushed in Houston on Thursday night.
10. Oklahoma State (9-2)
(Entering week: No. 13) Make it seven in a row for the Cowboys, who eased past TCU for a 31-6 win in Fort Worth and are still in the thick of the Big 12 race.
9. Colorado (9-2)
(Entering week: No. 12) Colorado hadn’t picked up many “quality” wins entering the weekend, so a 14-point triumph over a strong Washington State team was huge for the Buffaloes’ slim College Football Playoff hopes.
8. Penn State (9-2)
(Entering week: No. 9) Nobody will be rooting harder for Ohio State next week than PSU, which will get into the Big Ten championship game if OSU wins and the Nittany Lions beat unranked Michigan State.
7. Oklahoma (9-2)
(Entering week: No. 8) Baker Mayfield and Sooners got up early on No. 14 West Virginia for a big win on the road. Oklahoma is somehow back in the playoff conversation after getting thrown out of the picture in September.
6. Washington (10-1)
(Entering week: No. 7) Jake Browning and the Huskies faded late but didn’t have much trouble against Arizona State. They now must win the Apple Cup against rival Washington State to secure a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.
5. Wisconsin (9-2)
(Entering week: No. 6) Wisco is one step closer to a Big Ten West title — and potential chance to earn a playoff bid — after walloping Purdue by 29 points in West Lafayette.
4. Clemson (10-1)
(Entering week: No. 5) Meet your 2016 ACC regular-season champions. The Tigers moved to 7-1 in the conference with a convincing win over Wake Forest in the “other” Death Valley.
3. Michigan (10-1)
(Entering week: No. 3) The Wolverines beat Indiana, 20-10, but were lucky to mount their comeback before a major snowstorm forced both teams to play an ugly brand of football late in the fourth quarter.
2. Ohio State (10-1)
(Entering week: No. 2) Crisis averted. Mark Dantonio and Michigan State failed a 2-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, giving Ohio State a narrow 17-16 victory in East Lansing.
1. Alabama (11-0)
(Entering week: No. 1) An ugly showing against Chattanooga was made worse when star left tackle Cam Robinson left with an apparent upper-body injury in the fourth quarter. Still, the Crimson Tide are two wins away from a third straight playoff appearance.