A 12:51 p.m. update: Here's a link to the latest AP poll.
It’s 2:05 a.m., Sunday, and before the ACC’s 9:30 announcement of adding Syracuse and Pittsburgh, time to submit the weekly Associated Press college football poll.
Talk about secondary news. The latest rankings won’t dent the ACC’s stunning headlines, but duty calls. So here goes.
1. Oklahoma (2-0): Doak Campbell Stadium was a pit Saturday night, but the Sooners still bested Florida State 23-13. OU welcomes Missouri next weekend but may make some realignment news of its own when the school’s Board of Regents meets Monday.
2. LSU (3-0): The Tigers’ defense strangled another opponent last week in Mississippi State, by a 19-6 final. The road gets no easier Saturday when LSU visits West Virginia, which this season approved stadium beer sales. Yikes.
4. Boise State (2-0): The Broncos’ two most challenging regular-season games, against Georgia in Atlanta and at Toledo, may be behind them. Boise routed Toledo 40-15 on Friday and should do the same this week to Tulsa.
5. Stanford (3-0): Arizona quarterback Nick Foles completed his first 17 passes against the Cardinal on Saturday. Didn’t matter as Stanford rolled 37-10. Cardinal idle this weekend before Oct. 1 visit from UCLA.
6. Oklahoma State (3-0): The Cowboys’ 59-33 rout of Tulsa in Chicago didn’t kick until after 1 a.m., Sunday because of a three-hour-plus lightning delay. Their game at Texas A&M is this week’s headliner.
7. Florida State (1-1): I dropped the Seminoles only two spots after the Oklahoma defeat. Saturday’s trip to unbeaten Clemson will show whether that confidence was merited.
8. Texas A&M (3-0): Suffice to say, Oklahoma State will offer more resistance than did Idaho in Saturday’s 37-7 blowout.
9. Wisconsin (3-0): The Badgers dusted Northern Illinois 49-7 and will cruise similarly this week against South Dakota.
10. South Carolina (3-0): Those knocking the Gamecocks’ 24-21 taffy pull against Navy don’t realize how good the Midshipmen are. South Carolina hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday.
13. Virginia Tech (3-0): The Hokies head to Marshall this week after dismissing Arkansas State 27-6. Then life gets serious with back-to-back home games against Clemson and Miami. I bumped the Hokies up two spots this week, past Arkansas and Michigan State, because of the Bud Foster’s defense, and Michigan State’s loss at Notre Dame.
14. Arkansas (3-0): Do yawners over Missouri State, New Mexico and Troy (38-28) prepare a team for Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium? We’re about to find out.
18. Florida (3-0): The Gators’ first SEC road game, at Kentucky on Saturday, isn’t likely to produce Will Muschamp’s first loss as their head coach. Florida opened league play by bouncing Tennessee 33-23, its seventh consecutive victory in the series.
19. Texas (3-0): Coach Mack Brown may have found his quarterback, Case McCoy, if Saturday’s 49-20 rout of UCLA is indicative. The Longhorns chill until their Oct. 1 date at Iowa State.
20. TCU (2-1): If you haven’t yet, check out S.L. Price’s profile of Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson in last week’s Sports Illustrated. They host Portland State after defeating Louisiana-Monroe 38-17.
21. Clemson (3-0): Unimpressive against Troy and Wofford, the Tigers and Tajh Boyd looked like ACC contenders in their 38-24 victory over Auburn. Up next, their ACC opener against visiting Florida State.
22. Michigan (3-0): So far so good for the Wolverines and new coach Brady Hoke. They whipped Eastern Michigan 31-3 and host San Diego State, their fourth home game in as many outings.
23. Southern California (3-0): The Trojans methodically beat Syracuse 38-17, and their previous scare against Utah looks far better in the light of Utes’ demolition of BYU. Up next for USC is a trip to Arizona State.
24. Georgia Tech (3-0): Albeit against limited opposition, the Yellow Jackets’ option has been indefensible to date, most recently in a 66-24 rout of Kansas. Tech hosts fellow unbeaten North Carolina this week.
25. Miami (1-1): At close to full strength with the return of suspended players, the Hurricanes dominated Ohio State 24-6 on Saturday.
New to ballot: Clemson, Michigan, USC, Georgia Tech and Miami.
Out this week: Michigan State, Ohio State, Arizona State, Auburn, Mississippi State.