Alabama retained the top spot for the 835th* week in a row, but there were a couple of upsets this week, as Oregon lost to Arizona, Baylor fell to Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M was beaten by LSU. All three of those outcomes contributed to some shakeups in the rankings. The SEC still has the most teams of any conference, six, in the AP Poll and BCS standings, though the set the record with seven for the past two weeks. Northern Illinois also jumped Fresno State, which may end up having BCS bowl implications. The newest standings also set up some big Top 10 games this coming weekend, Alabama vs. Auburn in the Iron Bowl and Clemson vs. South Carolina.
The biggest gain of the week in the AP Poll goes to Arizona State, who moved up six spots, from No. 19 to No. 13. The largest fall belongs to Texas A&M, who tumbled ten places, from No. 9 to No. 19. Ole Miss, formerly No. 24, dropped out of the rankings, and Notre Dame entered at No. 25.
The biggest risers in the BCS standings were, Arizona State and LSU who each moved up spots, from No. 17 to No. 12 and No. 22 to No. 17, respectively. The team who dropped the most was, Texas A&M who went down nine places, from No. 12 to No. 21. Ole Miss and Minnesota, previously No. 24 and No. 25, fell out of the standings and were replaced by Duke and Notre Dame, respectively.