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TOP 25

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.

PAC-12

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.

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