By Chris Dufresne
Los Angeles Times
There's no change in this week's top seven, but No. 3 Boise State needs to watch its back because playing at unranked Toledo on Friday is going to be hard to top No. 4 Oklahoma playing at No. 5 Florida State on Saturday. USC moves up one slot despite winning its two games by a total of five points. (Wait, the Pacific 12 Conference has revised that to 11 points.) Two reasons the Trojans will be 3-0: They haven't lost to a Big East team at home since 1957 (Pittsburgh), and Syracuse is a Big East team. Mississippi State drops out this week, but a home win over No. 2 Louisiana State on Thursday would start cowbells clanging.
Rk./School/Comment/Last week's ranking
1, Alabama 2-0: North Texas is coming to town, in case anyone is uninterested.
2, Louisiana State 2-0: Mississippi State says its defense isn't ready, come back next Thursday.
3, Boise State 1-0: Know you've made it when you beat SEC one week, go on probation the next.
4, Oklahoma 1-0: Water tower in Norman repainted to read, "Welcome to Walnut Creek East."
5, Florida State 2-0: Bowden won 377 games, but nothing's better than beating cancer.
6, Wisconsin 2-0: Next game at Soldier Field, but don't worry, it's against Huskies, not Bears.
7, Stanford 2-0: Roger this: "With first pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Colts select Andrew Luck."
8, Oklahoma State 2-0: Stillwater Realtors touting beach property with views of Pacific 12.
9, Nebraska 2-0: USDA thinks Saturday's game vs. Washington will have huge (Omaha) steaks.
10, Texas A&M 1-0: Team No. 13 in SEC will temporarily be called "The Baker's Dozen."
11, Virginia Tech 2-0: Quarterback still doesn't know whom he'll ask to the Beamer Ball.
12, Oregon 1-1: If a win over Nevada falls in the forest, does any poll voter hear it?
13, Florida 2-0: School adds UFO to schedule after doing so well against FAU and UAB.
14, South Carolina 2-0: Ragged win over Georgia makes Boise look like team to beat in SEC East.
15, Michigan State, 2-0: You've won last six of seven in South Bend, but 0-2 home team is favored?
16, West Virginia 2-0: Couch-burning is now a felony, but acting sophomoric is still encouraged.
17, Arizona State 2-0: Erickson's coaching trial always seems to be in the penalty phase.
18, Auburn 2-0: It was tough to stay seated for Tigers' dramatic goal-line stand.
19, South Florida 2-0: No surprise that quarterback Daniels got the game ball after Ball State.
20, Arkansas 2-0: Clinton: "Ken Starr, is that you causing legal problems again down there?"
21, Baylor 1-0: Starr: "I'm working on a case now that could impeach 12 [SEC] presidents."
22, USC 2-0, New slogan: "What happens in Los Angeles pays in Vegas -- twice."
23: Ohio State 2-0: NCAA notes first letters of opponents Akron, Toledo and Miami add up to ATM.
24, Texas 2-0: Watch all replays of Texas losses on the "Long Face Network."
25, Texas Christian 1-1: Rankman permits only offense back in poll, defense ranks No. 112.
Dropped out: Mississippi State (25).
Moved in: Texas Christian.