SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ college football reporter Paul Myerberg breaks down the hottest headlines from week 10. USA TODAY Sports
The USA TODAY Sports college football re-rank looks pretty through the top 10, with five unbeaten teams and five one-loss leading the way in both the 1-130 list of the Football Bowl Subdivision and the race for the College Football Playoff.
And then comes the gap. Even as the slight margin between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 tightens, the big story in this week’s re-rank is the clear cut off between the top 10 and the rest of the top 25 after a chaotic weekend.
No conference feels the chaos more than the Big Ten. Two of the league’s front-runners, Ohio State and Penn State, made huge drops after their second losses on the season. While Michigan State surges to No. 15, that’s not enough to offset the decline from the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.
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But no league may have benefited like the Big 12. Oklahoma’s big victory against rival Oklahoma State bumped the Sooners up two spots to No. 4, while TCU’s win against Texas moved the Horned Frogs to No. 9.
In a first this season, the top 25 even includes several three-loss teams. North Carolina State, West Virginia, Iowa and Stanford round out the top 25 despite carrying a 6-3 record into the second Saturday of November.
New to the top 25: Michigan State, West Virginia and Iowa.
Out of the top 25: Iowa State, LSU and Arizona.