CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Nebraska, Oklahoma State get restarted in Times' football rankings

Two traditional powers rejoin the top 25 while Northern Illinois and Virginia Tech make the list for the first time.

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There has been a shake-up in the interchangeable sock-drawer positions of 20 through 25. Nebraska and Oklahoma State rejoin the static-cling cluster while the Huskies (Northern Illinois) and the Hokies (Virginia Tech) infiltrate the rankings for the first time this season. No. 6 Florida State used a 63-0 win over Maryland to leapfrog Louisville and Georgia. Sometimes piling it on counts. Researchers are checking to see whether No. 16 Washington is the first school to move up after a loss, and also whether Georgia is the first team to drop three spots after a victory. This week's No. 24 spot is sponsored by the city of DeKalb, Ill., leader of the barbed-wire industry since the late 1800s.

1; Stanford 5-0; Sarkisian also accuses tuba player of faking his notes on field against Cal in 1982. (1)

2; Alabama 5-0; Chattanooga beat Georgia State on Sept. 7 in battle of Crimson Tide patsy opponents. (2)

3; Oregon 5-0; Ducks have defeated U-Drub nine straight times by at least 17 points. (3)

4; Ohio State 6-0; Urban Meyer needs only 70 more wins to tie UCLA basketball's consecutive streak of 88. (4)

5; Clemson 5-0; Do not count days before Florida State or risk loss to the B.C. Bean Counters. (5)

6; Florida State 5-0; Team with bye plans to watch Clemson game on head coach's new HD "Jimbo" screen. (8)

7; Louisville 5-0; Team's schedule strength coach needs to hand out HGH to all future opponents. (7)

8; Texas A&M 4-1; Manziel says he'll be happy to autograph the "Book of Manning" after he beats Ole Miss. (9)

9; Georgia 4-1; It almost came true that a Pig (Howard) would fly before UGA lost to Tennessee. (6)

10; LSU 5-1; One player politely told name of Florida's coach is not pronounced " Mus-swamp." (10)

11; UCLA (4-0); Scientists who won Nobel for "God particle" at loss to explain last year's loss at Cal. (11)

12; Oklahoma 5-0; Sooners look up at UCLA and wonder what it's like to play Nebraska every year. (13)

13; Northwestern 4-1; No matter how much losing hurts, remember: Winner had to return to Ohio State. (12)

14; Miami 5-0; Feeling has returned to most players' legs after win over Georgia Tech Chop Blockers. (15)

15; Baylor 4-0; Rankman averaged score of 70 or more for entire season, but it was in bowling. (18)

16; Washington 4-1; Keeping up with Oregon in football is like keeping up with Kobayashi in hot dogs. (17)

17 South Carolina 4-1; Isn't it rich, are we a pair? Send in the Clowney. There ought to be Clowney. (14)

18; Florida 4-1; Turns out having to play Murphy at quarterback was the beginning of world, not the end of it. (16)

19; Michigan 5-0; Forecast at Penn State calls for low of 49 with a 73% chance of coming home 6-0. (19)

20; Fresno State 5-0; Extra hay bales ordered in case team ends up racing Baylor in Fiesta Bowl 500. (20)

21; Texas Tech 5-0; Red Raiders are 5-0 for the first time since Mike Leach swung his sword at Craig James. (23)

22; Oklahoma State 4-1; Sports Illustrated wishes the Cowboys a scandal-free bye weekend. (NR)

23; Nebraska 4-1; Back in rankings after trickle-down economist said "a rising UCLA lifts all boats." (NR)

24; Northern Illinois 5-0; Huskies are 1-0 in Mid-American and 2-0 in Big Ten with wins over Iowa and Purdue. (NR)

25; Virginia Tech 5-1; Welcome back from the Carnival Poll Cruise. Please pick up your mail at the front desk. (NR)

Dropped out: Wisconsin (21) Arizona State (22), Maryland (24), Mississippi (25).

Moved in: Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma State.

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