The new AP Poll has been released, preceded a couple of hours earlier by the Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll, and Kansas State is still not officially ranked. The Wildcats are 28th in the coaches rankings, and 31st in the writers' totals. This despite being ranked 23rd in the Massey Composite Index of all available computer rankings and 16th in Massey's own rating, and despite Arizona -- who struggled to beat UTSA at home, a team K-State just manhandled on the road -- being ranked 20th in the AP and 19th in the Coaches.
The big news of the day, of course, was catastrophic falls. The most prominent, of course, was that of Auburn. The Tigers, following their overtime escape against FCS #5 Jacksonville State, fell from 6th to 18th in the writers poll, and from 7th to 15th in the coaches' ballot. Oregon also fell eight spots in the eyes of the coaches, but only five in the AP poll. The largest technical drop of the week belonged to Arkansas, however, falling out of the top 25 entirely after losing to Toledo in Little Rock. The Razorbacks tumbled 20 places in the AP and 26 in the coaches' poll.
The biggest gainers of the week depend entirely on your definition of such things. Brigham Young entered both polls, the AP at 19th and the coaches at 22nd. That's a six-place gain in the AP poll, which is the largest official increase of the week. But by raw point totals, Toledo was far and away the winner on the writer's side, gaining 12 places from nothing at all to 30th. (41 teams received AP votes last week.) The Rockets only received six points from the coaches, however, placing 40th for a gain of only eight spots (the coaches gave 48 teams at least one vote last week). That was not the largest gain in the coaches poll; Temple moved from 41st to 31st, a jump of 10 spots, and both Kentucky and Memphis went from no votes to eight, good for 36th, an effective jump of 12 places.
And with that, your Week Three polls, listed in AP order with the coaches and Massey composite (as of the time of this posting) alongside. Tomorrow, look for this season's first edition of Unboxing the Polls, where we mathematically combined the two and really get into the guts of what the voter base is thinking.
Also receiving votes (AP/Coaches, sorted by total points):
West Virginia (37/49); Tennessee (30/43); Mississippi State (32/36); Kansas State (26/39); Temple (38/24); Arizona State (20/35);
Toledo (29/6); Duke (1/32); Boise State (16/14); NC State (14/13); Florida (12/8); Miami FL (3/16); Houston (16/2); Minnesota (9/8);
Memphis (0/13); California (5/6); Iowa (5/5); Arkansas (6/3); Illinois (0/8); Kentucky (0/8); Michigan (0/5); Stanford (3/0);
Western Kentucky (2/1); Nebraska (0/3); Virginia Tech (2/0); Pittsburgh (0/2); South Carolina (0/1); Texas Tech (0/1).