Oklahoma State Football: Cowboys Move Up in the Polls


Another crazy weekend in college football made for some interesting changes in rankings in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

First and foremost, Oklahoma State somehow managed to move up to No. 20 from No. 24 despite being gifted a victory courtesy of Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns.

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Meanwhile, the top six teams in the poll were the same as last week, but the order changed just a bit, with Ohio State No. 1, Michigan State at No. 2 and Ole Miss No. 3. TCU dropped from a tie at No. 3 with Ole Miss to No. 4 after a ridiculous win against Texas Tech that featured an incredible lack of defense. Baylor remained at No. 5 and Notre Dame No. 6.

Oklahoma remained at No. 15 during a weekend off, while Texas A&M held on to No. 14 after a close overtime win over Arkansas.

Oregon, who held a six-year place in the rankings, dropped from No. 13 to out of the poll completely after their 62-20 thrashing at home to Utah, who moved up to No. 10 from No. 17 and actually received one first-place vote.

Former No. 16 Arizona fell out of the poll after being trounced 56-30 home by No. 7 UCLA.

Five new teams moved into the poll this week, most notably two former mainstays who appear to be getting back on track: Michigan returns at No. 22, while Florida reappears in the poll at No. 25, the first rankings for both programs since 2013.

Cal, who beat Texas the week prior, is back in the poll for the first time since 2009 at No. 24. West Virginia quietly entered the poll at No. 23, while Mississippi State, who was ranked No. 1 at one point last season, entered at No. 21.

With West Virginia debuting in the poll, the Big 12 now sits at five teams represented.

Texas Tech received 36 votes, making them No. 31, while Kansas State received 12 votes, good for No. 36.

You can view the poll in it’s entirety here.

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