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.