There has been a shake-up in the interchangeable sock-drawer positions of 20 through 25. Nebraska and Oklahoma State rejoin the static-cling cluster while the Huskies (Northern Illinois) and the Hokies (Virginia Tech) infiltrate the rankings for the first time this season. No. 6 Florida State used a 63-0 win over Maryland to leapfrog Louisville and Georgia. Sometimes piling it on counts. Researchers are checking to see whether No. 16 Washington is the first school to move up after a loss, and also whether Georgia is the first team to drop three spots after a victory. This week's No. 24 spot is sponsored by the city of DeKalb, Ill., leader of the barbed-wire industry since the late 1800s.
1; Stanford 5-0; Sarkisian also accuses tuba player of faking his notes on field against Cal in 1982. (1)
2; Alabama 5-0; Chattanooga beat Georgia State on Sept. 7 in battle of Crimson Tide patsy opponents. (2)
3; Oregon 5-0; Ducks have defeated U-Drub nine straight times by at least 17 points. (3)
5; Clemson 5-0; Do not count days before Florida State or risk loss to the B.C. Bean Counters. (5)
6; Florida State 5-0; Team with bye plans to watch Clemson game on head coach's new HD "Jimbo" screen. (8)
7; Louisville 5-0; Team's schedule strength coach needs to hand out HGH to all future opponents. (7)
8; Texas A&M 4-1; Manziel says he'll be happy to autograph the "Book of Manning" after he beats Ole Miss. (9)
9; Georgia 4-1; It almost came true that a Pig (Howard) would fly before UGA lost to Tennessee. (6)
10; LSU 5-1; One player politely told name of Florida's coach is not pronounced " Mus-swamp." (10)
11; UCLA (4-0); Scientists who won Nobel for "God particle" at loss to explain last year's loss at Cal. (11)
12; Oklahoma 5-0; Sooners look up at UCLA and wonder what it's like to play Nebraska every year. (13)
13; Northwestern 4-1; No matter how much losing hurts, remember: Winner had to return to Ohio State. (12)
14; Miami 5-0; Feeling has returned to most players' legs after win over Georgia Tech Chop Blockers. (15)
15; Baylor 4-0; Rankman averaged score of 70 or more for entire season, but it was in bowling. (18)
16; Washington 4-1; Keeping up with Oregon in football is like keeping up with Kobayashi in hot dogs. (17)
17 South Carolina 4-1; Isn't it rich, are we a pair? Send in the Clowney. There ought to be Clowney. (14)
18; Florida 4-1; Turns out having to play Murphy at quarterback was the beginning of world, not the end of it. (16)
20; Fresno State 5-0; Extra hay bales ordered in case team ends up racing Baylor in Fiesta Bowl 500. (20)
22; Oklahoma State 4-1; Sports Illustrated wishes the Cowboys a scandal-free bye weekend. (NR)
23; Nebraska 4-1; Back in rankings after trickle-down economist said "a rising UCLA lifts all boats." (NR)
25; Virginia Tech 5-1; Welcome back from the Carnival Poll Cruise. Please pick up your mail at the front desk. (NR)
Dropped out: Wisconsin (21) Arizona State (22), Maryland (24), Mississippi (25).
Moved in: Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma State.