Thursday proved to be a pivotal night in college football, with Stanford again spoiling Oregon's try for a perfect season and Baylor extending its unbeaten record to 8-0 by beating Oklahoma.
Alabama (9-0) remains atop the poll, taking 58 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide were listed second on the other four ballots. The first-place mentions on those go to Florida State (9-0). Ohio State (9-0) returns from a bye week in third place. Baylor moves up to fourth.
There are two other undefeated teams but both are well down the rankings. Fresno State (9-0) comes in 14th this week and Northern Illinois (9-0) actually loses a place in the rankings to 21st.
Several teams move up three places in the biggest improvements but Oklahoma and Miami (Fla.) both plummet nine rungs in the biggest drops.
Stanford (8-1) moves back to No. 5 with Clemson (8-1) in sixth ahead of No. 7 Oregon (8-1), which had been No. 2 for the last 10 weeks. No. 8 Missouri (9-1), ninth-ranked Auburn (9-1) and No. 10 Oklahoma State (8-1) all improve their rankings one place.
Texas A&M (8-2) is up two to 11th and is followed by five teams each moving up three spots. South Carolina (7-2) is voted 12th and Louisville (8-1) takes the 13th place ahead of Fresno State. UCLA (7-2) goes from 18th to No. 15 and Michigan State (8-2) takes 16th.
Oklahoma (7-2) is 17th after two weeks in the Top 10. Louisiana State (7-3) is down six places to No. 18 while Central Florida (7-1) and Wisconsin (7-2) are both up two to 19th and 20th, respectively.
Northern Illinois, undefeated record notwithstanding, is 21st. Arizona State (7-2) is 22nd while Miami (7-2) settles in at 23rd. Texas (7-2) returns to the rankings at 24th and Minnesota (8-2) makes its first poll appearance of the year, coming in 25th.
Texas Tech and Notre Dame drop from the Top 25.
Texas' ranking will be immediately tested. The Longhorns are to play Saturday in Oklahoma State in Austin in the only game this week matching two ranked teams.
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