The fifth tiebreaker to decide a Big Ten division champion no longer will be based on the College Football Playoff ranking and instead will go to overall winning percentage.
With the firing of Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter, we've reached four coaches fired midseason. The prospects of joining that list grew for Texas' Charlie Strong, Oregon's Mark Helfrich, and three new coaches.
Our experts expect to see the same four teams in the College Football Playoff semifinals, though there is a difference of opinion on which ones will make the championship game.
Nine top-10 teams changed places -- only No. 1 Alabama maintained its position -- after multiple teams suffered their first loss of the season. LSU, which gets the next crack at the defending champs, made the largest jump in the AP Top 25.
For a number of reasons, Saturday night's victory over Ohio State was Penn State's biggest -- and most emotional -- win in more than a decade.
The No. 13 overall recruit has two SEC powerhouses lined up for official visits.
|RK||Team||Rec||Pts||Trend||Last Week||Next Week|
|1||OregonORE(46)||11-0||1459||—||vs #20 Arizona W 48-29||@ Oregon State W 37-20|
|2||AuburnAUB(10)||12-0||1419||—||@ #11 Alabama W 28-27||vs #16 South Carolina W 56-17|
|3||TCUTCU(3)||12-0||1343||1||@ New Mexico W 66-17||—|
|4||WisconsinWIS||11-1||1282||1||vs Northwestern W 70-23||—|
|5||StanfordSTAN||11-1||1233||3||vs Oregon State W 38-0||—|
|6||Ohio StateOSU||11-1||1213||1||vs Michigan W 37-7||—|
|7||Michigan StateMSU||11-1||1083||3||@ Penn State W 28-22||—|
|8||ArkansasARK||10-2||1012||4||vs #6 LSU W 31-23||—|
|9||OklahomaOKLA||10-2||943||4||@ #9 Oklahoma State W 47-41||vs #13 Nebraska W 23-20|
|10||Boise StateBSU||10-1||869||7||@ #19 Nevada L 34-31||vs Utah State W 50-14|
|11||Virginia TechVT||10-2||843||3||vs Virginia W 37-7||vs #20 Florida State W 44-33|
|12||LSULSU||10-2||796||6||@ #12 Arkansas L 31-23||—|
|13||NebraskaNEB||10-2||773||2||vs Colorado W 45-17||vs #9 Oklahoma L 23-20|
|14||MissouriMIZ||10-2||666||2||vs Kansas W 35-7||—|
|15||Oklahoma StateOKST||10-2||661||6||vs #13 Oklahoma L 47-41||—|
|16||South CarolinaSC||9-3||626||1||@ Clemson W 29-7||vs #2 Auburn L 56-17|
|17||NevadaNEV||11-1||621||2||vs #3 Boise State W 34-31||@ Louisiana Tech W 35-17|
|18||Texas A&MTAMU||9-3||503||—||@ Texas W 24-17||—|
|19||AlabamaALA||9-3||501||8||vs #2 Auburn L 28-27||—|
|20||Florida StateFSU||9-3||353||1||vs Florida W 31-7||vs #11 Virginia Tech L 44-33|
|21||UtahUTAH||10-2||291||1||vs BYU W 17-16||—|
|22||Mississippi StateMSST||8-4||223||3||@ Ole Miss W 31-23||—|
|23||Northern IllinoisNIU||10-2||130||NR||@ Eastern Michigan W 71-3||vs Miami (OH) L 26-21|
|24||West VirginiaWVU||8-3||110||NR||@ Pittsburgh W 35-10||vs Rutgers W 35-14|
|25||UCFUCF||9-3||62||NR||@ Memphis W 37-17||vs SMU W 17-7|
Dropped from rankings: Arizona 20, NC State 23, Iowa 24
Others receiving votes: Arizona 47, Hawaii 40, Maryland 34, NC State 18, San Diego State 11, Navy 4, Tulsa 3, Air Force 1, Iowa 1, South Florida 1