While many serious College Football Playoff contenders were off on their bye weeks, former No. 6 Texas took a big fall in the upset of the week. Losing 38-35 in a surprise against Oklahoma State, the Longhorns are back to the Week 1 feeling with the need for some bounceback performances to get to the Big 12 Title conversation. Meanwhile, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia and Oklahoma all took care of business to strengthen their rankings in the Associated Press Poll.
Two Top 10 teams go down in Texas and Florida with other ranked losses for Washington, Texas A&M, Iowa, South Florida, NC State, Wisconsin and Stanford.
In other news, it was a brief stay in the AP Top 25 for Appalachian State. The Mountaineers had five straight wins to their name (and a near upset at Penn State) to crack in at No. 25 last week. That ended with a 34-14 loss to Georgia Southern.
The next step? The first series of College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed this week. How closely will the Week 10 AP poll match up?
How the AP Poll works: The AP Top 25 Poll is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks college football’s best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first place vote, 24 for second place and so on through to the 25th team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams’ point totals from highest to lowest. The mathematical formula is the same as the one used for the AP Pro 32 rankings and the AP Top 25 rankings for men’s and women’s basketball.