The Gamecocks were the only team among last week's top 10 to lose on Saturday. As noted, Alabama, Oregon, Florida and Kansas State tasted little adversity. No. 6 LSU beat No. 19 Texas A No. 7 Oklahoma had no trouble with Kansas, as expected.
While the schedule isn't overly impressive, is being undefeated enough to push Oregon State above one loss teams like LSU, Oklahoma, Florida State and USC?
One of the most interesting teams to consider in this week's poll is Oregon State, which moved to 6 0 (for the first time since 1907) after a 21 7 win over Utah. The Beavers are unbeaten, with wins over Wisconsin, UCLA, Washington State, Arizona, BYU and the Utes.
The Rockets are one team that will receive consideration for a ranking in this week's poll, which will be released midday Sunday. Cincinnati's loss should leave only two Big East teams in the top 25: Louisville (7 0) and Rutgers (7 0).
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half of their game against the UNLV Rebels at Bronco Stadium. The one team that dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten was No. 18 Cincinnati, which lost 29 23 at Toledo.
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No. 9 USC beat Colorado, thanks in large part to Matt Barkley's record setting performance. (Wide receiver Robert Woods also set school single game and career records.) After staking Miami (Fla.) a 10 0 lead, No. 10 Florida State bounced back to post a 33 20 win.
Another challenger for No. 2 is Kansas State. Behind a Heisman worthy performance from Collin Klein, the Wildcats rolled past No. 15 West Virginia.
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Kansas State players celebrate with fans after beating West Virginia to move to 7 0.(Photo: Justin K. Aller, Getty Images)Oregon set the tone on Thursday, storming past Arizona State in Tempe, but Florida might have done enough on Saturday to move past the Ducks and earn the No. 2 spot in this week's USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.
had little trouble remaining undefeated at Tennessee's expense.
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Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz throws a pass in the third quarter of the Beavers 21 7 win over Utah. (Photo: Steve Dykes, Getty Images)
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