The winner of this week's Capital One Cup Impact Performance is Penn State for its upset of Ohio State.
Kirk Herbstreit looks ahead to Saturday's showdown between Clemson and Florida State and examines how Ohio State will respond after losing to Penn State.
Deshaun Watson leads No. 3 Clemson to face No. 12 Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, a place where the Tigers have won only once in 12 years. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit spotlights the noteworthy matchups to watch Saturday.
Touchdown-savvy Alabama DE Jonathan Allen and four defensive teammates find themselves in top 20 of the updated player rankings. But everyone in college football is still looking up at the Heisman favorite: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.
Utah RB Joe Williams returned to the team two weeks ago after a month-long retirement and has since scored five touchdowns. ESPN college football analyst David Pollack explains how he's given No. 17 Utah a spark as No. 4 Washington comes to town.
Two teams seemingly headed in opposite directions will clash when the Ole Miss Rebels host the No. 15 Auburn Tigers at 7:15 p.m. ET Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford (SEC Network).
AP Top 25
|RK||Team||Rec||Pts||Trend||Last Week||Next Week|
|1||AlabamaALA(56)||2-0||1520||—||vs Western Kentucky W 38-10||@ #19 Ole Miss W 48-43|
|2||Florida StateFSU(4)||2-0||1437||1||vs Charleston Southern W 52-8||@ #10 Louisville L 63-20|
|3||Ohio StateOSU||2-0||1359||1||vs Tulsa W 48-3||@ #14 Oklahoma W 45-24|
|4||MichiganMICH(1)||2-0||1298||1||vs UCF W 51-14||vs Colorado W 45-28|
|5||ClemsonCLEM||2-0||1284||3||vs Troy W 30-24||vs South Carolina State W 59-0|
|6||HoustonHOU||2-0||1264||—||vs Lamar W 42-0||@ Cincinnati W 40-16|
|7||StanfordSTAN||1-0||1137||—||—||vs USC W 27-10|
|8||WashingtonWASH||2-0||983||—||vs Idaho W 59-14||vs Portland State W 41-3|
|9||WisconsinWIS||2-0||893||1||vs Akron W 54-10||vs Georgia State W 23-17|
|10||LouisvilleLOU||2-0||890||3||@ Syracuse W 62-28||vs #2 Florida State W 63-20|
|11||TexasTEX||2-0||872||—||vs UTEP W 41-7||@ California L 50-43|
|12||Michigan StateMSU||1-0||747||—||—||@ #18 Notre Dame W 36-28|
|13||IowaIOWA||2-0||694||3||vs Iowa State W 42-3||vs North Dakota State L 23-21|
|14||OklahomaOKLA||1-1||686||—||vs Louisiana Monroe W 59-17||vs #3 Ohio State L 45-24|
|15||TennesseeTENN||2-0||665||2||vs Virginia Tech W 45-24||vs Ohio W 28-19|
|16||GeorgiaUGA||2-0||584||7||vs Nicholls W 26-24||@ Missouri W 28-27|
|17||Texas A&MTA&M||2-0||564||3||vs Prairie View W 67-0||@ Auburn W 29-16|
|18||Notre DameND||1-1||526||—||vs Nevada W 39-10||vs #12 Michigan State L 36-28|
|19||Ole MissMISS||1-1||473||—||vs Wofford W 38-13||vs #1 Alabama L 48-43|
|20||LSULSU||1-1||391||1||vs Jacksonville State W 34-13||vs Mississippi State W 23-20|
|21||BaylorBAY||2-0||305||2||vs SMU W 40-13||@ Rice W 38-10|
|22||OregonORE||2-0||292||2||vs Virginia W 44-26||@ Nebraska L 35-32|
|23||FloridaFLA||2-0||205||NR||vs Kentucky W 45-7||vs North Texas W 32-0|
|24||ArkansasARK||2-0||198||NR||@ #15 TCU W 41-38||vs Texas State W 42-3|
|25||MiamiMIAMI||2-0||197||—||vs Florida Atlantic W 38-10||@ Appalachian State W 45-10|
Dropped from rankings: TCU 15, Oklahoma State 22
Others receiving votes: Utah 62, TCU 62, San Diego State 51, UCLA 47, Boise State 42, Pittsburgh 39, Oklahoma State 22, Nebraska 11, North Carolina 10, Auburn 7, Central Michigan 4, Colorado 2, Arizona State 1, Cincinnati 1