It was a good week for a couple of future Big 12 member schools, and another Big 12 school has entered the Week 4 AP Poll.
Alabama maintained its stranglehold atop the Top 25 poll, receiving 1,547 points and 59 first-place votes coming off a close win over then-No. 11 Florida. Georgia (1,491 points and three first-place votes) maintained its No. 2 ranking while Oregon (1,385 points) leapfrogged Oklahoma (1,302) for the third spot. Iowa (1,298 points) held its No. 5 spot.
Penn State (1,197 points), Texas A&M (1,158 points), Cincinnati (1,145 points), Clemson (1,074) and Ohio State (976 points) round out the Top 10 — a Top 10 that features the same 10 teams from last week, just in different positions.
Oklahoma remains the lone Big 12 in the Top 10, falling one spot after a close 23-16 victory over Nebraska Saturday. With West Virginia coming to Norman this weekend, Big 12 football is officially kicking off.
Iowa State’s 14th-place ranking didn’t change after a 48-3 stomping off UNLV to rebound from a loss to Iowa last week. Oklahoma and Iowa State were, however, joined by a new Big 12 team in the Top 25.
Fresh off a 38-17 win over Nevada, Kansas State joined the rankings as the No. 25 team in the nation. With wins over Stanford, Southern Illinois and Nevada to begin the season, the Wildcats are the third Big 12 team to be ranked currently.
TCU (91 points) remains the top unranked team in the “Others Receiving Votes” category, with Oklahoma State (51 points), Texas (22 points), West Virginia (14 points) and Texas Tech (five points) also receiving votes.
If the Big 12’s new additions were factored into the Big 12 implications, the new poll would look a bit better for the conference. Cincinnati remains firmly inside the Top 10, holding its No. 8 position after a win over Indiana. BYU jumped from 23 to 15 after a 3-0 start that includes three victories over Pac 12 teams.
With Big 12 play kicking off this week, the teams in and around the Top 25 will make their pushes to rise up the rankings — or sink with losses. For the full AP Poll, you can click here.