Harris poll: Kansas State jumps to No. 3 after Florida loss

Jamie Squire

The Florida Gators' loss on Saturday has bumped the Kansas State Wildcats to No. 3 in the Harris Interactive Poll this week.

The Kansas St. Wildcats have moved up to No. 3 in this week's edition of the Harris Interactive College Football Poll after a series of highly-ranked teams lost over the weekend. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Oregon Ducks are still 1-2 in the poll, but a few teams saw their fortunes improve over the weekend.

The team previously ranked No. 3 in the poll, the Florida Gators, lost its first game of the season on Saturday to the Georgia Bulldogs, currently ranked No. 6 in the poll. In addition to Kansas State, the fourth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and fifth-ranked LSU Tigers also moved up in the rankings this week.

The Wildcats are coming off an impressive 55-24 blowout of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, then ranked No. 14 in the nation. If they can win out their remaining games and win the Big 12 Championship Game, there's a reasonable chance that the Wildcats could find themselves in the BCS Championship Game.

The other key losses in the top 10 this week were Oklahoma's 30-13 loss to Notre Dame and Oregon State's 20-17 loss to Washington.

Rank Team Record Pts. Prev.
1 Alabama (109) 8-0 2868 1
2 Oregon (5) 8-0 2725 2
3 Kansas State (1) 8-0 2656 4
4 Notre Dame 8-0 2553 5
5 LSU 7-1 2382 6
6 Georgia 7-1 2205 11
7 Florida State 8-1 2193 10
8 Florida 7-1 2061 3
9 Clemson 7-1 1917 13
10 Louisville 8-0 1714 14
11 South Carolina 7-2 1588 16
12 Oklahoma 5-2 1473 7
13 Oregon State 6-1 1449 8
14 Stanford Cardinal 6-2 1307 18
15 Mississippi State 7-1 1231 12
16 USC 6-2 1200 9
17 Boise State 7-1 1142 19
18 Texas A&M 6-2 996 21
19 Texas Tech 6-2 604 17
20 West Virginia 5-2 554 22
21 Nebraska 6-2 542 NR
22 Texas 6-2 392 24
23 Rutgers 7-1 354 15
24 Louisiana Tech 7-1 304 NR
25 Oklahoma State 5-2 245 NR

Dropped from rankings: Michigan, Ohio, TCU

Others receiving votes: Northwestern 135; Toledo 109; UCLA 85; Arizona 81; Tulsa 74; Northern Illinois 58; Kent State 54; Michigan 28; Ohio 25; TCU 19; Cincinnati 15; Louisiana-Monroe 11; Utah State 6; Arizona State 5; Wisconsin 5; Iowa State 4; Virginia Tech 3; Washington 2; Central Florida 1

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