Will Kansas drop out of the rankings after losing to Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon? I don’t believe so, especially because the Jayhawks probably should have sent this one to overtime after trailing 13-0, but a defensive lapse in the final 30 seconds prevented that. Plus, Jason Bean was injured early in the game and a former walk-on led the way for Lance Leipold at quarterback. The Big 12 title hopes took a massive hit, though.
Tulane has had a rough couple of weeks as a heavy favorite and that didn’t change on Saturday with a slim 24-22 win over Tulsa at home. This was a game that the Green Wave were expected to win big, but they just couldn’t run away with the win. This close win could see them drop in the rankings again.
Utah will take a slight spill in the rankings this week and the Utes should hold on to a spot despite losing their third game of the season. They gave Washington all they could handle in a huge road game and even held a second-half lead over the No. 5 team in the country. We don’t count “almost wins” as wins, though.
This spot would go to James Madison if it wasn’t ineligible for a bowl game because of the ‘new to FBS’ rule, so Liberty gets it after starting the season 1-0. The Flames picked up a dominant 38-10 win over Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon. Jamey Chadwell’s team absolutely deserves to be in the Top 25.
Honestly, it would not shock me if the playoff committee decided to punish Oklahoma State for losing 45-3 to UCF by dropping the Cowboys from the rankings completely, but they did just beat Oklahoma last week. They deserve at least a little respect. This kind of ugly loss can ruin the whole season, though.