There were a few hints of things to come as a few top 25 teams tasted their first conference action over the weekend.
The outcomes are reflected in my ballot for this week's Associated Press college football poll. Sorry, LSU.
I tweaked my top 10 a bit after USC went into double overtime before getting past Texas and Oklahoma State handled Pitt 59-21 on the road behind the work of Mason Randolph.
The top is unchanged with Alabama and Oklahoma in the 1-2 spots. I moved Penn State in front of USC this week in third and Clemson, Washington and Wisconsin in the fifth through seventh spots for the time being.
Clemson's 47-21 beat down of Louisville was impressive and will likely clear the way for the Tigers to return to the ACC title game in a couple months.
I flipped Oklahoma State and Ohio State in the eighth and ninth spots this week on the basis of the Cowboys' work at Pitt.
Georgia jumps into the 10th position this week and Michigan continues its rise on my ballot, moving up to 11th with a workmanlike win over Air Force.
Losses by LSU to Mississippi State and Louisville dropped those teams to 19th and 20th this week.
Kansas State and Stanford exited my top 25 this week, replaced by San Diego State at 22 and Vanderbilt at 25.
The Aztecs have won two straight against teams from Power 5 conferences, including a 20-17 win over Stanford on Saturday. Vanderbilt moves in after moving to 3-0 with a win over a solid Kansas State team. The Commodores' defense has been dominant, allowing 13 points in three games but Vanderbilt will be tested by Alabama next weekend.
My ballot for this week's Associated Press poll:
3. Penn State
8. Oklahoma State
9. Ohio State
12. Florida State
13. Virginia Tech
16. Miami (Fla.)
18. South Florida
22. San Diego State
24. Washington State