This week’s polls have hit the street, and after their 55-14 shellacking of Kansas yesterday Kansas State has moved up to #16 in both the AP and Coaches’ Polls. It’s a four-spot boost from the writers and three from the coaches; the discrepancy is because K-State was already ahead of Virginia Tech in last week’s Coaches Poll, so they didn’t have the opportunity to pass them after the Hokies 23-16 loss to Wake Forest.
Atop the poll, the only change was Ohio State moving up two spots in both polls to claim the #3 spot ahead of Notre Dame and Georgia. Clemson remains the #1 team in the land with Alabama trailing behind in second. Oklahoma State stayed at #6 after their close win over #17/18 Iowa State, while Cincinnati slid up to #7 after crushing #16 Southern Methodist.
In both polls, K-State is sitting all by themselves; there is a wide gap upward to #15 (which is North Carolina in the AP and Oregon in the Coaches), and a big drop down to #17 (Indiana and Penn State, respectively).
K-State’s climb in the AP Poll was larger than all but four teams, three of whom played their first games this weekend. Wisconsin moved up five spots to #9 after blasting Illinois on Friday. Michigan, now #13, also gained five spots after trashing #21 Minnesota yesterday, as did Coastal Carolina, jumping to #20 after a 28-14 win over Georgia Southern. The biggest move of all, of course, belonged to Indiana, who entered the poll at #17 after their thrilling two-point overtime conversion finally put Penn State away.
Wisconsin, Michigan, and Coastal Carolina only matched K-State’s three-place climb in the Coaches Poll, landing at #11, #14, and #21 respectively. But there were still three teams to exceed that upward motion: Marshall, who leapt to #18 from #25, Indiana, and ...Oklahoma, who clawed their way back into the poll at #24 and are credited with a six-place climb by the Coaches Poll folks.
The biggest falls in the AP belonged to Penn State (down 10 spots to #18), SMU, and Iowa State (both down 6 to #22 and #23). Virginia Tech, Minnesota, and North Carolina State dropped out of the poll from #19, #21, and #23 respectively. It was much the same story in the Coaches Poll, although SMU’s fall was 7 spots and Iowa State’s only 4 because their positions are reversed in this week’s poll (#23 and #22). The same three teams fell from the rankings.