It was to be expected, after TCU fell to 2-2 on the season, but Sunday it became official - the Horned Frogs are unranked for the first time this season.
After opening the preseason as the country’s number sixteen team, the Frogs climbed as high as #15 before falling to #17 after dropping a 40-28 contest to a top five Ohio State team. But after Saturday’s disappointing loss in Austin to (then) unranked Texas, the Frogs are out of the top 25 though they continue to receive votes.
Meanwhile, Texas is BACK, folks, as the Horns re-enter the AP poll in week four at #18, one spot behind where the team they beat had previously camped. Oklahoma, who needed OT to evict Army, dropped from five to six, supplanted by an LSU team that has been a steady riser through the first four weeks of the season. Oklahoma State dropped out of the top 25 as well, after a thrashing at home at the hands of Texas Tech, who enters for the first time in a while at #25. Cowboys’ fans must have whiplash - as they seem to rise and fall precipitously week to week.
West Virginia, the only team in the Big 12 Conference that has dominated every opponent they’ve faced this season, holds steady at #12, the second highest-ranked Big 12 Conference team.
The top ten, for the most part, stayed the same - other than OU swapping places with the Tigers, the only other change was Auburn taking ownership of the tenth position after being previously tied with Washington, who comes in at eleventh.
In a clear admittance of “we don’t know anything yet”, Kentucky, Duke, and Cal are all ranked. I would bet the farm that at least two of those three are nowhere near the polls by the end of the regular season, if I were the gambling type.
The current best team in Texas, the UNT Mean Green, is also receiving votes, and have a chance to be ranked for the first time in forever, should they manage to beat LA Tech next weekend.