Take a picture of these rankings because, next week, they’re going to look different. The pillow fighting is over as ranked schools move out of their nonconference comfort zones into the stretch of season feared most — real games in opposing stadiums. Texas Christian will be ranked next week if Oklahoma isn’t careful in Fort Worth. Unranked Arizona, with an upset Thursday night in Eugene, Ore., will be flirting with the top 10 and Nebraska will get Super 16-sized if it can win at Michigan State. Programming note: We dropped Brigham Young two spots for further diminishing its strength of schedule by announcing a home-and-home series with South Florida for 2021 and 2022.
1; OKLAHOMA 4-0; Starting to remind Rankman of Sooners squad that defeated Kingfisher College, 179-0, in 1917. (1)
2; OREGON 4-0; Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall and said he could fix offensive line with lots of Duck tape. (2)
3; ALABAMA 4-0; One year ago this week, Lane Kiffin’s future at USC became airport terminal. (4).
4; FLORIDA STATE 4-0; Jameis Winston fades in Heisman Trophy race but heavy favorite to win the TMZ Trophy. (3).
5; AUBURN; 3-0; Tune in for Auburn Tigers vs. Louisiana State Tigers this weekend on the Serengeti SEC Plains. (6)
6; TEXAS A&M 4-0; Who wants to tell Ann Arbor that Kevin Sumlin interviewed for Michigan … and didn’t get it. (5)
7; BAYLOR 3-0; Plenty of tickets available at Texas this week by calling HornMaster at 1-800-238- Bevo. (7)
8; MISSISSIPPI 4-0; Last Mississippi quarterback to defeat Alabama was Manning (Eli, not Archie). (9)
9; UCLA 4-0; Old Pasadena newspaper deadline ordinance requires 7:30 p.m. Utah kickoff to end by 10. (10)
10; NOTRE DAME 4-0; Wants to be good enough in academics-football to be called the “Stanford of Indiana.” (11)
11; MISSISSIPPI STATE 4-0; TAMU visit is most exciting event in Starkville since they opened Chick-fil-A. (12)
12; MICHIGAN STATE 3-1; Official position: Brady Hoke doing a great job at Michigan and should remain coach for years. (13).
13; BRIGHAM YOUNG 4-0; Rankman drops hefty seat deposit fee for future series against South Florida. (11)
14; STANFORD 3-1; Conservative game plan for Notre Dame scribbled on napkin from Republican National Convention. (14)
15; LOUISIANA STATE 3-1; Coach warns fans at first “true” road game might be rooting for other team. (NR)
16; GEORGIA 3-1; Gurley’s hurdle over Tennessee, by leaps and bounds, was best play of week. (16)
Dropped out: South Carolina (15).
Moved in: Louisiana State.
First four out: USC, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska.