With several non-conference schedules pitting two ranked foes against one another, the rankings were bound to shift drastically. However, all eyes were on the Oklahoma Sooners who traveled to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. In what was sure to have National Championship implications, the crimson and cream prevailed. Surging up in the rankings, OU now lands at No. 2 in the latest AP Poll.
5 Penn State
8 Ohio State
9 Oklahoma State
11 Florida State
16 Virginia Tech
18 Kansas State
21 Washington State
22 South Florida
Others receiving votes: Utah 101, South Carolina 72, Colorado 66, West Virginia 63, Oregon 61, Maryland 42, Notre Dame 31, San Diego St. 16, Houston 10, Mississippi St. 3, Boise St. 3, Texas Tech 2, Iowa 2, California 2, Vanderbilt 2, Michigan St. 1
Joining their Big 12 rival, the Oklahoma State Cowboys officially move back inside the top ten. Despite a win, OSU dropped to No. 11 last week. Taking the field with a vengenance, the “Orange Power” faithful have climbed up two spots to No. 9 with a convincing win on the road at South Alabama. We’ll wait to see how losing linebackers affects this program moving forward but I’d love to see a top five battle in Stillwater later this year.
In total, the Big 12 Conference witnesses four teams ranked inside the top twenty-five. Assuming West Virginia can continue to win after week one’s stumble, it’s inevitable that half of the conference will be ranked. It’s still a two horse race to the finish line with all other competing for third place though.