1. Oregon (1): Don’t let Ducks’ poor defensive performance overshadow how great Marcus Mariota was against WSU.
2. Florida State (2): Seminoles survived a Jameis-less night against Clemson, but can’t afford any more of those.
3. Oklahoma (3): Winning in Morgantown ain’t easy, so you have to feel good about Sooners after they put up 45 there.
4. Alabama (4): Maybe Lane Kiffin has finally found himself a niche as offensive coordinator.
5. Texas A&M (6): A neutral-site game against a nonrival conference opponent? College football in 2014, everybody.
6. Auburn (7): Hoping to avoid post-K-State hangover against Louisiana Tech. Oh, who are we kidding.
7. Baylor (8): Leading country in scoring with 59.3 points per game.
8. UCLA (9): Bruins have a lot to prove this week against Arizona State.
9. Notre Dame (10): Quick, who is best opponent in Irish’s three-game stretch of Michigan, Purdue and Syracuse? Well?
10. Michigan State (11): Showed Eastern Michigan who’s boss by dropping 73 points on ’em. Tom Izzo is jealous.
11. Arizona State (12): How the Sun Devils fare against stretch of UCLA-USC-bye-Stanford-Washington will help determine Pac-12 South championship.
12. Mississippi (13): Memphis will be a nice warm-up for Alabama and Texas A&M the next two weeks.
13. Mississippi State (NR): Win over LSU is great, but Bulldogs could have closed it out a little smoother.
14. Wisconsin (14): 359.7 yards rushing per game leads the country.
15. South Carolina (16): Game against Missouri lost luster thanks to Tigers’ colossal flub vs. Indiana.
16. Georgia (17): Not Georgia State.
17. Stanford (18): Don’t look now, but Cardinal have pretty good receivers (Montgomery, Cajuste) this year, too.
18. Ohio State (21): Taking on an in-state team that’s actually still undefeated: Cincinnati.
19. LSU (6): Great Hail Mary try and all, but why didn’t they do it the way Arizona did?
20. Brigham Young (22): Week off before game against Utah State that shouldn’t be as difficult as it usually is.
21. East Carolina (NR): How is it that Mike Leach doesn’t coach the team that scored 70 points on North Carolina and calls itself the Pirates?
22. Nebraska (23): 41 points against Miami? Tommie Frazier has to like that.
23. Kansas State (15): Had a chance to make a statement for the Big 12 but let Auburn off the hook.
24. USC (25): Is it possible to play consecutive trap games? Trojans might have another against Oregon State.
25. Oklahoma State (NR): 30-point win over UTSA is more impressive than you think.
1. Oregon (1): A close call in Pullman might have exposed the Ducks in some areas.
2. Utah (9): Big win at Michigan was overshadowed a bit by Oregon-WSU and Cal-Arizona.
3. UCLA (2): Will Brett Hundley play or sit against ASU? Bruins have to play better regardless.
4. Arizona State (3): A big one on Thursday night against UCLA.
5. USC (12): Trojans got sent to the cellar last week, but they’re back and ready for OSU.
6. Stanford (4): Annual game against Washington is becoming must-watch programming.
7. Arizona (6): So, Huskies fans, does the Hail Mary top Ortege Jenkins’ “Leap By the Lake?”
8. Oregon State (8): Beavers have to be licking their chops watching film of USC-Boston College.
9. Washington (5): Stanford is first opponent capable of bringing out the real Huskies.
10. California (7): Bears can’t let Hail Mary kill their season. Have to keep in mind they’re an eyelash away from being 3-0.
11. Washington State (10): Going, going back, back to Utah, Utah.
12. Colorado (11): This week’s game against Cal looked far more winnable in the offseason.