* Yes, you read that right, LSU is my new No. 1 team. Despite the fact that I have picked Oklahoma since the end of last season, I cannot ignore the Bayou Tigers' superior resume. In three of its first four games, LSU has defeated two ranked teams and an SEC foe. And the Tigers' two big wins - over Oregon and West Virginia - were both punctuated with impressive fourth quarters while neither was played at Tiger Stadium.
* No. 2 OU and No. 3 Boise State actually now have a common opponent. Both teams walloped Tulsa at home. Alabama has been impressive, but lacks a signature win (please, don't bring up Penn State), so it stays at No. 4.
* At this point in the season, there is no reason to keep a 2-loss team in the rankings, no matter whom it has played. That's why Florida State is out. The bunch of 1-loss teams on the bottom are ranked based on actual head-to-head results: Arizona State beat USC, and USC beat Utah.
* New teams that made the ballot this week: Georgia Tech, Baylor, Arizona State.
* Conference-by-conference tally: Pac-12 (5), Big 12 (5), SEC (4), Big Ten (4), ACC (3), Big East (2), MWC (1), C-USA (1).