The first thing I have to say is, yay Big Ten go awesome (Ohio State and Michigan, which snuck in at #25, are the only teams in our illustrious conference ranked in the AP, and no reams are ranked in the Coaches poll).
The second is, an Alabama beat writer gave Penn State a vote at #25 in the AP poll. Could that number go up as the season progresses? Who knows, but at least someone is recognizing the strides this PSU team has made.
This week saw a bit of reshuffling near the top, as LSU fell and Florida rose due to the Gators' win over the Tigers; additionally, Georgia fell significantly after its lackluster loss to South Carolina. West Virginia climbed after the scorefest that was its win over Texas, and Florida State fell out of the top ten for the first time this season (took them long enough!) after the Seminoles' loss to NC State, an unranked team.
With Texas A&M's jump into the polls, the SEC now has seven ranked teams, but fell to *only* four in the top ten. The Big Twelve fell this week, down to only four teams in the AP poll, and six in the USA Today poll. The Pac 12 has four in each.
In a sign that the Mayans were right: the Big East has three (count em: three!) teams ranked in each poll, far outpacing the Big Ten. The ACC is down to two; that Virginia Tech top-fifteen preseason pick is looking better and better as the season goes on, no?
Louisiana Tech makes its first poll appearance this season, and the year's first bowl-eligible team, the Ohio Bobcats, should follow suit soon--if they keep winning--as they were the top non-ranked team who received votes by the reporters.
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