AP Top 25: Oklahoma, Ohio State switch places
No. 1 Alabama
The Tide has entered a stretch of schedule where it can’t really help itself, and all its flaws will be nitpicked. At some point this will make Nick Saban grumpy. Next: vs. Colorado State.
No. 2 Oklahoma
None of the other presumptive Big 12 playoff contenders (Oklahoma State, Kansas State and TCU) will have an opportunity for a nonconference victory against a highly ranked team. The entire Big 12 will be drafting off the Sooners’ big win.
No. 3 Clemson
If you want, quibble about whether Clemson should be ranked higher than Oklahoma because of what the Tigers did to the Buckeyes in the playoff. Remember, the Sooners trounced Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.
Next: at No. 14 Louisville.
No. 4 Southern California
Clearing that Stanford hurdle seems like a big deal for the Trojans. Now Sam Darnold and crew can settle in.
No. 5 Penn State
Not suggesting the Nittany Lions’ defense is equivalent to Clemson or Alabama, but it does look improved from last year.
Next: vs. Georgia State.
No. 6 Washington
The Huskies are good and they haven’t played anybody and they won’t for another week.
No. 7 Michigan
Could get a better read on the value of that Florida win next week.
No. 8 Ohio State
While you ponder the Buckeyes’ anemic passing offense, don’t forget that porous pass defense: 110th in the country in efficiency rating against.
No. 9 Oklahoma State
Nobody is saying Tulsa and South Alabama are world beaters, but the Cowboys have really made it look easy so far.
No. 10 Wisconsin
The vintage Badgers’ running game has sort of been missing the last two seasons. Freshman RB Jonathan Taylor might be bringing it back.
No. 11 Florida State
Freshman quarterback James Blackman will have three weeks of practice to prepare for that first start.
No. 12 LSU
Like to see the offense against an SEC defense — even if it’s not necessarily a really good one.
Next: at Mississippi State.
No. 13 Georgia
Winning on the road is hard. Doing it with a freshman quarterback making his first start is even harder.
No. 14 Louisville
That victory over Purdue is looking a little more impressive. First home game, coming up. Next: vs. No. 3 Clemson.
No. 15 Auburn
It would be easier to move on from Auburn’s lousy offensive performance against Clemson if it didn’t harken back to last year’s issues.
No. 16 Virginia Tech
Can we take a second to talk about how bad East Carolina has been? The once-proud Pirates have been outscored 100-34 and already demoted their defensive coordinator.
No. 17 Miami
Miami’s season is on hold.
No. 18 Kansas State
Chance to make a statement at Vandy? That is some old-school Bill Snyder nonconference scheduling from K-State this season.
No. 19 Stanford
The Cardinal defense figured to take a bit of a step back this season, but 307 yards rushing by USC is a bit more than a bit.
No. 20 TCU
Road wins are good. Convincing road wins are even better — even against Arkansas.
No. 21 Washington State
That crazy comeback by the Cougars while most fans were sleeping Saturday night? Did it with a backup quarterback.
Next: vs. Oregon State
No. 22 South Florida
Another team on hold.
No. 23 Tennessee
Trash (can) talk is over.
Next: at No. 24 Florida
No. 24 Florida
The game will likely be played somewhere this weekend. Even if it is not Gainesville.
No. 25 UCLA
Welcome back to the Top 25, Bruins. Been about a year.
Next: at Memphis
Instead of Florida and South Florida how about South Carolina (2-0 without a home game) and Colorado (allowed six points)?