The top of the college football rankings should remain unchanged, but chaos erupted just beneath this week.
Heading into the weekend, we figured the college football rankings wouldn't see a massive shake-up, thanks to the top-two teams sitting idly bye ahead of next week's massive matchup. Yes, LSU and Alabama were resting and preparing, but in the meantime college football went all crazy, with odd losses and surprising finishes that should alter the rankings when they're released on Sunday.
The teams in the top-four should stay the same: only Oklahoma State was in action and the Cowboys won. But after that, it gets a bit more dicey -- Clemson and Kansas State lost, and plenty of smaller, but significant upsets dotted the landscape on Saturday. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and Texas Tech all fell in a wild afternoon and evening, and college football is as weird as ever.
What might the AP and Coaches Poll look like on Sunday morning? How will the BCS standings shake-out in the evening? Here's a look at the scores that mattered.
No. 3 Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 24. The Bears racked up 622 yards of total offense to out-gain Oklahoma State ... and were run off the field. Things that make you go hmmm. The Cowboys, by the way, continue to roll, setting up what could be one heck of a bedlam matchup. Then again, let's play this week-to-week.
Georgia Tech 31, No. 5 Clemson 17. It just felt like Clemson was living on the edge, and this was the game the Tigers fell over the cliff. Still, Clemson is in the driver's seat in the ACC and has another chance to impress at South Carolina to end the season.
No. 6 Stanford 56, USC 48 3OT. Of all the wild finishes, this one was the best. Stanford rallied in the waning moments, USC botched the clock management to end regulation and we were off on a fun overtime adventure. Three overtimes later, Stanford emerged victorious, surviving its toughest test of the season with a recovered fumble in the end zone.
No. 7 Oregon 43, Washington State 28. The Ducks were surprisingly tested by Washington State, but survived thanks to backup quarterback Bryan Bennett and stellar freshman De'Anthony Thomas. The Stanford-Oregon matchup still looms large.
No. 9 Oklahoma 58, No. 8 Kansas State 17. Solid bounce-back for the Sooners, who turned a 23-17 game at the half into a blowout.
No. 10 Arkansas 31, Vanderbilt 28. The Razorbacks survived and that's probably all that matters here, but Vanderbilt had them on the ropes throughout. And yet, Vandy managed to derp it away, so there's that.
No. 14 Nebraska 24, No. 11 Michigan State 3. So after that huge win on a Hail Mary last week, this happens to the Spartans. Again, college football is confusing.
No. 12 Virginia Tech 14, Duke 10. An underrated candidate for the "huh?" score of the week, but at least the Hokies survived.
No. 13 South Carolina 14, Tennessee 3. Big Ten scores meet SEC.
Ohio State 33, No. 15 Wisconsin 29. It happened again. Two weeks in a row now, it's happened to Wisconsin.
Missouri 38, No. 16 Texas A&M 31. You'll never believe this, but the Aggies blew a halftime lead.
No. 17 Houston 73, Rice 34. Case Keenum broke the FBS mark for career touchdown passes, then threw four more for good measure. Houston is a video game offense.
No. 18 Michigan 36, Purdue 14. Michigan keeps hanging around and I keep forgetting about the Wolverines.
No. 19 Penn State 10, Illinois 7. Out of nowhere, Penn State drove 80 yards in about two minutes with time winding down for the touchdown. Then Illinois doinked its game-tying field goal as time expired. If you just tuned in for the last three minutes, this game was awesome. If you watched all 60, I'm sorry.
Iowa State 41, No. 20 Texas Tech 7. So Texas Tech knocks off Oklahoma last week, then gets run by Iowa State this week. Again, no idea what to make of this, but it should end the Red Raiders time in the rankings.
No. 21 Arizona State 48, Colorado 14. Taking care of business, I guess. Colorado is just having a disastrous year.
No. 22 Georgia 24, Florida 20. If nothing else, WLOCP was fun.
No. 23 Auburn 41, Ole Miss 23. This was a tie game at halftime. So close, Ole Miss!
No. 24 Texas 43, Kansas 0. I'd apologize to those who watched Kansas put up 48 yards of total offense, but this game was on the Longhorn Network.
No. 25 West Virginia 41, Rutgers 31. Props to Rutgers for giving West Virginia a run, but the 'Eers should hang around in the rankings after pulling out the win.
The BCS preview will be along shortly, but here's a look at last week's human polls in the meantime. First up, the AP Poll. The newest poll will be released around noon.
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And here's the Coaches Poll. The latest will also be released around noon.