Today's polls are out, and for the first time this season Kansas State is receiving no votes in the AP Poll. The Wildcats did still receive 11 points in the Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll, however, so K-State will still go into next week's tilt with Oklahoma with the old "(rv)" in front of their name. The Cats slid five spots from 30 to 35 in the Massey Composite Ranking, which combined all available computer rankings; 60 of those are part of the index as of this writing.
In the computers, however, K-State can be a little smug. Their loss was TCU's gain, as the Horned Frogs vaulted eight spots to take the top position in the composite even as their human poll position was slightly damaged. Baylor slipped past TCU into the #2 spot in both polls, with the point margin being very narrow. Expect the TCU/Baylor feud to intensify.
The biggest winners of the week were Michigan (+6 AP/+7 coaches/+8 computers), Iowa (+5/+6/+3), and Houston (+3/+9/-1). The Cougars are ranked for the first time in four years. Other teams with big computer jumps not reflected in poll position: Notre Dame (+9), Oklahoma State (+8), Penn State (+18), Washington (+22), and Texas! Texas leapt 24 spots in the composite, although they're still not even a top 50 team. They did, however, receive votes in the coaches poll, because because, I guess.
The weekend's sad stories: Oregon suffered the indignity of being unranked last week; now they can add to that the misery of not even getting a single human vote. The Ducks technically fell 13 spots in the AP and 19 in the coaches poll, and plunged 21 spots in the computers, all the way to #63. Georgia (-11/-12/-18), USC (-16/-18/-12), and Oklahoma (-9/-10/-17) also took it on the chin; West Virginia was badly hurt as well (-5/-10/-11) -- indeed, the Mountaineers were actually punished worse this week alone than K-State has been in two weeks for losing to both Oklahoma State and TCU. That West Virginia was slashed despite losing to the Cowboys in overtime seems a bit excessive.
Northwestern was also dinged, but not nearly as badly as the other ranked teams which lost. The Wildcats fell seven spots in both polls and six in the computers.
This season, so far, has been chaotic. The top few teams in the computer composite are wildly variant from week to week even when nobody loses. There are still seven different teams receiving first place votes in at least one of the two human polls. Eight teams which were ranked in the AP Poll to start the season aren't ranked now; six aren't even receiving votes. Meanwhile, we barely got into October before an unranked team in the preseason fought their way into the top five.
It's 2007 all over again, only without the true surprises, save for Utah. And on that note, the polls. As a reminder, we include all teams receiving a vote in either human poll this week or last week, and all teams in the top 40 of the composite (this week, that means "Pitt"). We have not had to make a delta adjustment to cover a team receiving no votes and moving up this week, at least.