HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
1 MIAMI 9-0
Did not play BCS: No. 2
Hurricanes spent bye week thanking football gods that they have Ken Dorsey instead of that Ray Lucas guy across town. Next: No. 18 Pittsburgh, Thursday.
2 OHIO STATE 12-0
Defeated Illinois, 23-16 (ot) BCS: No. 1
Nice overtime effort by Buckeyes, who now will lose for the 11th time in 15 years against Michigan. Next: No. 12 Michigan, Saturday.
3 WASHINGTON STATE 9-1
Did not play BCS: No. 3
Good news in Pullman: Nobody got sucker-punched during the bye week. Next: Washington, Saturday.
4 OKLAHOMA 9-1
Defeated Baylor, 49-9 BCS: No. 4
Sooners get more banged up by non-contact scrimmages than by Baylor. Next: Texas Tech, Saturday.
4 TEXAS 9-2
Lost to Texas Tech, 42-38 BCS: No. 5
In absolute defiance of “zero-tolerance” policy announced by school officials Thursday, thousands of Texas Tech fans swarmed the field as overwhelmed police officers stood down. “When you have those kind of numbers...I don’t see how they could have been arrested and contained,” said campus police officer Gordon Hoffman. Next: at Texas A&M;, Nov. 29.
6 IOWA 11-1
Defeated Minnesota, 45-21 BCS: No. 8
Hey, that Kip Ferrets is a pretty good coach. What’s that? Kirk Ferentz, yes, exactly. Next: Bowl game TBD.
7 GEORGIA 10-1
Defeated No. 24 Auburn, 24-21 BCS: No. 6
Still desperate for healthy playmakers, Bulldogs petition NCAA to get an extra year of eligibility for Hines Ward and Champ Bailey. Next: at Georgia Tech, Nov. 30.
8 USC 8-2
Defeated Arizona State, 34-13 BCS: No. 9
Trojans made sure they weren’t caught looking ahead to Notre Dame. Next: at UCLA, Saturday.
9 NOTRE DAME 9-1
Did not play BCS: No. 7
On open date, Irish offense scored as many points as it usually does. Next: Rutgers, Saturday.
10 ALABAMA 9-2
Defeated No. 14 LSU, 31-0
Several bowl-game scouts jammed into LSU press box, but Alabama won’t be playing any postseason games because old Crimson Tide coaches were naughty a couple years ago. Next: No. 24 Auburn, Saturday.
11 KANSAS STATE 9-2
Defeated Nebraska, 49-13 BCS: No. 12
Realizing that nobody storms the field after beating Nebraska anymore, Wildcat fans stay in seats and clap politely. Next: at Missouri, Saturday.
12 MICHIGAN 9-2
Defeated Wisconsin, 21-14 BCS: No. 10
Wisconsin reporters march out of Michigan press box to protest $20 media parking charge, get cold from snow flurries, slink back inside to watch Badgers’ Ice Age offense. Next: at No. 2 Ohio State, Saturday.
13 VIRGINIA TECH 8-2
Did not play
School record for truancy guaranteed to be set Thursday morning with Mountaineers coming to town Wednesday night. Next: West Virginia, Wednesday.
14 LOUISIANA STATE 7-3
Lost to No. 10 Alabama, 31-0 BCS: No. 13
Tigers obviously spent way too much practice time trying to develop quintuple-deflection Hail Mary play. Next: Mississippi, Saturday.
15 FLORIDA STATE 8-3
Defeated North Carolina, 40-14 BCS: No. 11
Seminoles starting to catch on: If game doesn’t come down to a last-second kick, they win. Next: at No. 22 North Carolina State, Saturday.
16 PENN STATE 8-3
Defeated Indiana, 58-25 BCS: No. 15
Shocker: Joe Paterno looked at stat sheet, saw Penn State had committed four more penalties than Indiana, didn’t complain at postgame news conference. Next: Michigan State, Saturday.
17 COLORADO 8-3
Defeated Iowa State, 41-27
Remember Seneca Wallace? Fumbled three times and threw an interception against the Buffaloes. Next: at Nebraska, Nov. 29.
18 PITTSBURGH 8-2
Did not play
In anticipation of postgame party in Miami, Panthers ask alum Dan Marino if he owns any beachfront property in North Bay Road area. Next: at No. 1 Miami, Thursday.
19 MARYLAND 9-2
Defeated Clemson, 30-12
Confused by the start of basketball season, Clemson thought it was good to allow only 30 points against Maryland. Next: at Virginia, Saturday.
20 FLORIDA 8-3
Defeated South Carolina, 28-7 BCS: No. 14
After getting pasted in Gainesville, Lou Holtz calls old pals in South Bend to relive ’88 championship season. Next: at No. 15 Florida State, Nov. 30.
21 COLORADO STATE 9-2
Defeated San Diego State, 49-21
Defrosted Rams can’t get enough of sunny San Diego, are disappointed when told they can’t wear tank tops and shorts during game. Next: New Mexico, Saturday.
22 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 9-3
Lost to Virginia, 14-9
You read it here first a few weeks ago: This team is a fraud. Next: No. 15 Florida State, Saturday.
23 OREGON 7-4
Lost to Washington, 42-14
After getting crushed by Washington, Oregon athletic officials quietly cancel plans to unfurl 500-foot Jason Fife banner from the Space Needle. Next: at Oregon State, Saturday.
24 AUBURN 7-4
Lost to No. 7 Georgia, 24-21
Tigers go three-and-out on six consecutive second-half possessions, will now get punted from rankings. Next: at No. 10 Alabama, Saturday.
25 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 8-1
Did not play
Horned Frogs have lost only once, but flimsy schedule seems more fit for Abilene Christian. Next: at East Carolina, Saturday.
-- Mike Bresnahan