ESPN Insiders Poll October 24

The ESPN1080 Insiders crew have once again submitted their votes following a weekend of college football. The way the voting works is simple – you get 25 points for being #1, 24 for #2, 23 for #3, etc… The voters this week are Andrew Melnick, Carson Ingle, Charlie Bernstein, Eric Lopez and Mike Tuck.

1. Alabama (3) – 123
2. LSU (2) – 122
3. Oklahoma State – 109
4. Stanford – 108
5. Boise State – 105
6. Clemson – 104
7. Oregon – 93
8. Michigan State – 84
9. Kansas State – 83
10. Oklahoma – 82
11. Arkansas – 73
12. Virginia Tech – 67
13. Wisconsin – 66
14. South Carolina – 55
15. Nebraska – 52
16. Houston – 48
17. Texas A&M – 45
18. Southern Cal – 43
19. Penn State – 31
20. Michigan – 30
21. Texas Tech – 24
22. Georgia – 14
23. Arizona State – 11
24. Cincinnati – 6
25. Texas – 4

In: Penn State (19), Georgia (22), Cincinnati (24), Texas (25)
Out: Auburn (18), Illinois (21), Washington (24), Notre Dame (25)

Also Receiving Votes: Southern Miss (3), Illinois (2), Washington (1), Auburn (1)

Once again, there are no Florida teams in the top 25.  Although Miami (24-7 over Georgia Tech) and Florida State (41-16 over Maryland) got big conference wins, they both are still just 4-3. USF fell to Cincinnati while UCF suffered an embarrassing defeat against UAB. Florida, who also has three losses, was idle.

Oklahoma’s surprising loss to Texas Tech dropped them from 3 to 11, while the Red Raiders moved into the top 25 at 21. USC’s win over Notre Dame not only dropped the Irish out of the top 25, but it vaulted the Trojans into the top 25 at 18. Washington, who was leveled by now fourth-ranked Stanford, dropped out of the poll while the Cardinal jumped from 7 to 4. Wisconsin’s loss to Michigan State dropped them from 4 to 12. Sparty moved to 8, up from 15 last week. Penn State, Georgia and Cincinnati all moved into the top 25 after losses by Illinois (Purdue), Washington and Notre Dame. Auburn also dropped out after being destroyed by LSU.

Key Games

Saturday, October 29

Michigan State (8) @ Nebraska (15), Noon, ESPN
Oklahoma (10) @ Kansas State (9), 3:30 pm, ESPN
Stanford (4) @ Southern Cal (18), 8:00 pm, ABC (This region will get Clemson (6) @ Georgia Tech)
Wisconsin (13) @ Ohio State, 8:00 pm, ESPN

In-State

Tuesday, October 25

Troy @ FIU, 8:00 pm, ESPN2

Thursday, October 27

Virgina @ Miami, 8:00 pm, ESPN

Saturday, October 29

North Carolina State @ Florida State, Noon, ESPNU
Georgia vs Florida, 3:30 pm, CBS*
Memphis @ UCF, 4:00 pm, Brighthouse Sports Network

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