UCLA goes home to play Memphis, giving the Bruins a chance to post confidence-building numbers against an opponent that could at least provide some resistance.
Ohio State gets a chance to make a statement and vault back up the rankings with a home game against Virginia Tech.
By Sunday, when the next Top 25 comes out, we'll have a better idea of whether Ohio State's Navy issues were anything more than that.
Texas A&M's demolition of South Carolina in Columbia was the statement of the weekend. And because it happened on Thursday it gave the college football world the entire long weekend to toss around potential nicknames for the Aggies' new star quarterback.
Kenny Football? Please, no.
Kenny Pigskin? We see what you did there.
Kenny Thrill. Workable, maybe.
First-time starter Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's school single-game passing record with 511 yards in the 52-28 drubbing of the Gamecocks.
The Aggies' reward was a No. 9 ranking, jumping 12 spots, the biggest leap this week.
The Aggies should be able to ride their top-10 status for a few weeks. Up next: Lamar, Rice and SMU.
As for that statement: On the list of most important people to arrive in College Station over the past few years, coach Kevin Sumlin ranks ahead of Johnny Football.
South Carolina provided the equal and opposite reaction to Texas A&M. The two traded spots in the rankings with the Gamecocks falling to No. 21 from No. 9.
It was a disturbing weekend for the Gamecocks on another front: South Carolina's main rival in the SEC East, Georgia, looked tremendous in beating Clemson 45-21 behind star running back Todd Gurley. The Bulldogs moved up six spots to No. 6.
The Gamecocks host Georgia on Sept. 13. South Carolina doesn't have long to fix its problems — and Jadeveon Clowney isn't coming back.
IN AN OUT
It took Bobby Petrino one week to get Louisville into the rankings. The Cardinals' opening 31-13 victory against Miami on Monday pushed them into the No. 25 slot as Petrino starts his second stint as Louisville coach.
Chris Petersen's debut at Washington coach was victorious but not nearly as impressive. The Huskies slogged through a 17-16 victory at Hawaii with backup quarterback Jeff Lindquist and fell out of the rankings. The suspended Cyler Miles will return, and start, this week for Washington against Eastern Washington.
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