Last Week: 13
Virginia Tech Hokies (5-3)The Hokies had 10 days to get over a loss to Georgia Tech and get ready for North Carolina, and they laid an egg on their home field anyway. They'll need to rebound at East Carolina, or this season could take an ugly turn.
Last game: Lost to North Carolina, 20-17
Next game: Thursday at East Carolina
Last Week: 16
Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-2)Barring a successful appeal of his NCAA penalty, Dez Bryant is done. So too are the Cowboys' Big 12 title chances. So what happens now? Do the Pokes pack it in, or do they play their way into a nice bowl trip?
Last game: Lost to Texas, 41-14
Next game: Saturday at Iowa State
Last Week: 18
Last game: Lost to South Florida, 30-19
Next game: Saturday vs. Louisville
Last Week: 24
Brigham Young Cougars (6-2)The Cougars take the field for the first time since getting pounded by TCU. BYU still could sneak into a three-way tie for the Mountain West title, so don't expect the Cougars to lose focus.
Last game: Lost to TCU, 38-7
Next game: Saturday at Wyoming
Last Week: 25
Oklahoma Sooners (5-3)If the Sooners can get past Ndamukong Suh and the Cornhuskers, a 9-3 regular season remains a distinct possibility. Oklahoma didn't begin 2009 with dreams of playing in the Cotton Bowl, but after a disastrous start, a return to JerryWorld -- where the nightmare began -- could provide closure for a weird season.
Last game: Beat Kansas State, 42-30
Next game: Saturday at Nebraska
Next five: Cal, South Florida, Texas Tech, Auburn, Clemson
Andy Staples' Power Rankings also serve as his ballot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.