As expected following their bye week, with three teams above formerly-#22/22 Kansas State losing the Wildcats moved up two or three spots in the polls, depending on which one you’re looking at.
In the AP poll, Virginia Tech snuck past K-State to claim the 19th spot, leaving K-State with a two-place move up to #20. The Cats maintained their lead over the Hokies in the coaches’ poll, moving up three spots to #19.
Among teams that have actually played football, that leaves K-State 15th in the AP and 14th in the coaches’.
The big shakeups this week:
- North Carolina plunged from 5/6 down to 14/13 after their 3-point loss to hapless Florida State,
- Texas A&M inexplicably leapt over three teams after a relatively mundane win over Mississippi State,
- #14 Auburn, #17 Tennessee, and #21 Louisiana-Lafayette dropped out of both polls,
- North Carolina State, Marshall, and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (!) all entered both polls, all in the 22-25 range,
- And somehow, despite getting stomped by Alabama, Georgia only fell from 3/3 to 4/4. That seems stupid, but then nobody within seven spots of Georgia actually won a football game this weekend so what are you gonna do?
Expect more upward mobility for K-State the next two weeks. On Saturday, the Cats host Kansas for homecoming, and they opened today as a 17-point favorite. The following weekend, K-State visits West Virginia, a team which managed to beat Kansas yesterday 38-17 but looked like garbage for much of the game regardless.
This all leads to a potential big first-place showdown with Oklahoma State in Manhattan on November 7.