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Implications of the Week 6 AP Poll for the Big 12

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A battle of ranked Big 12 teams Saturday left the conference’s standing in the Week 6 AP Poll slightly weakened with one team slipping outside the Top 25, but of course, Texas is back… on College GameDay this week.

Alabama (1,541 points, 53 first-place votes) remains the clear-cut No. 1 team in the nation following a clean 41-21 over then-No. 13 Ole Miss, but Georgia’s (1,497 points, nine first-place votes) continued dominance, including a 37-0 stomping of then-No. 8 Arkansas, continues to secure a handful of first-place votes.

Iowa (1,381 points) jumped from five to three following a dominant defensive performance against Maryland, Penn State (1,360 points) stuck at four off a shutout out of Indiana and Cincinnati rose into the fifth spot off a big win over then-No. 9 Notre Dame.

Oklahoma (1,248 points), Ohio State (1,094 points), Oregon (1,069 points), Michigan (1,053 points) and BYU (990 points) round out a new look Top 10 this week. Oregon fell from No. 3 off a loss to unranked Stanford in overtime, and Ohio State, Michigan and BYU all jumped in from the outside.

Oklahoma remains the top-ranked Big 12 team yet again, riding a 37-31 win over Kansas State to remain as the sixth-ranked team in the nation. A big Red River Rivalry game against a freshly ranked Texas squad will be the site of College GameDay this week in a matchup with big conference implications.

It’s Oklahoma State, however, that is the second highest-ranked Big 12 team this week, jumping from No. 19 to No. 12 after a 24-14 win over then-No. 21 Baylor. Texas did make a reappearance in the Top 25 this week, reappearing as No. 21 after a five-point win over TCU.

Baylor (27 points), Texas Tech (four points) and Kansas State (two points) all are on the outside looking in, highlighting the “Others receiving votes” category.

In a weekly future Big 12 schools update, Cincinnati would be the highest-ranked Big 12 team this week, finally cracking the Top 5, while BYU would be the third-highest, finally cracking the Top 10.

To check out the entire Week 6 AP Top 25 Poll, click here.

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