The USA TODAY coaches poll underwent seismic shifts as the top three teams all lost on the same Saturday. When the dust settled, Texas held the top spot after winning a classic Red River showdown with then-No.1 Oklahoma.
Jan. 1, 1966, was the last time all the top three teams in the coaches poll lost on the same day, all in New Year's Day bowls. And that day catapulted No. 4 Alabama to the national championship.
This time Texas enjoyed a quick ride to the top. The Longhorns, ranked fifth last week, received 44 of 61 first-place votes after their 45-35 triumph over the Sooners, who slipped to sixth.
Texas edged ahead of No. 2 Alabama, which moved up from the No. 4 position following an open date. The Crimson Tide received 14 No.1 votes. Penn State moved into the No. 3 slot, up from No. 6, and earned the remaining three first-place nods after a 48-7 pummeling of then-No. 24 Wisconsin on the road.
In addition to Oklahoma, a couple of sets of Tigers fell from the top three. Missouri, which held the No. 2 spot and seemingly on course for a 1-vs.-2 clash with Texas next week, was instead derailed at home 28-23 by undefeated Oklahoma State. The Tigers tumbled to 12th while the Cowboys climbed seven places to No.10. Defending national champion LSU was routed 51-21 at Florida and dropped from third to 14th.
The Gators moved up five positions to No. 7, ahead of unbeaten Brigham Young which couldn't move up in the rankings despite all the turnover.
The top 25 gained three new entries this week, headed by No. 21 North Carolina. The Tar Heels improved to 5-1 with a 29-24 victory over Notre Dame and are ranked for the first time since 1998. No. 24 TCU returns to the rankings, while undefeated Ball State makes its season debut at No.25.
The Cardinals are the first Mid-American Conference team to appear in the coaches top-25 since Bowling Green in 2004. Northwestern dropped out along with slumping Auburn and Wisconsin.