College football rankings, Week 10: Florida falters; Kansas State and Notre Dame will benefit

Jamie Squire

There will be a few shakeups to the newest college football rankings on Sunday. Florida, at No. 2, was the highest-ranked team to lose on Saturday, but add in losses by Oregon State, Oklahoma and USC and the top 10 will see some new teams.

The Alabama Crimson Tide will still be No. 1 in all the major polls and the BCS rankings on Sunday, but who will be No. 2? The second-ranked Florida Gators lost to No. 10 Georgia in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, 17-9, which will usher in one from a deserving group of three: No. 3 Kansas State, No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Notre Dame.

Kansas State beat up on No. 14 Texas Tech, 55-24, while Oregon steamrolled past a poor Colorado Buffaloes team, 70-14. Notre Dame scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners, 30-13. All three teams are 8-0, but we can expect Kansas State to move up to No. 2 and Notre Dame to jump past Oregon into the No. 3 spot.

Oregon started at No. 3 in the BCS standings -- a mild surprise -- and then fell another spot when Kansas State overtook them last week. Bludgeoning Colorado won't do anything to help the Ducks' standings in the computer polls.

In other top-10 losses, the No. 7 Oregon State Beavers lost to the Washington Huskies, 20-17. The Arizona Wildcats edged the No. 9 USC Trojans, 39-36, opening another top 10 spot to be filled. No. 15 Rutgers fell to 7-1 with a 35-23 loss to the Kent St. Golden Flashes. The other top 25 teams to fall were No.11 Mississippi State (No. 1 Alabama, 38-7), No. 22 Michigan (Nebraska, 23-9), No. 24 Ohio (Miami (OH), 23-20) and No. 25 Wisconsin (Michigan State, 16-13 (OT)).

No. 21 Boise State easily defeated Wyoming, 45-14, to move to 7-1. A win over a now 1-7 team won't help them in the computer polls all that much, but they should move up a couple of spots in the human polls.

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