-Alabama, after a road victory at Arkansas, remained unbeaten and atop the poll with 41-of-45 first-place votes. Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan stayed 2-4 after victories. Washington and Texas A&M moved into the No. 5-6 slots. Houston suffered its first loss of the season to Navy and fell from No. 5 to No. 12.

-Arkansas dropped out of the poll after losing to Alabama and Stanford slipped out as well after losing to Washington State. Virginia Tech and Boise State both entered the Top 16 for the first time this season.

-Three conferences –ACC, SEC and Big Ten–dominated the poll with four teams each. The American, Big 12, Mountain West and Pac-12 have one team each.

Key Games in Week 7: No. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee; No.2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin; North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson; Duke at No. 7 Louisville (Friday); No. 10 Nebraska at Indiana; Kansas at No. 11 Baylor; Tulsa at No. 12 Houston; No. 13 Ole Miss at Arkansas; Colorado State at No. 14 Boise State; No.15 Virginia Tech at Syracuse; North Carolina at No. 16 Miami (Fla.)

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