Virginia Tech (2-0) climbed to No. 4 in both polls with a crushing defeat over Duke. Tennessee (1-0) claimed the No. 5 spot in the AP poll, while tying the Hokies for the No. 4 slot in the USA Today poll. Florida (2-0) slammed Louisiana Tech and rose to No. 6 in the AP poll (No. 7 in USA Today), while Georgia (2-0) earned the No. 6 position in the USA Today poll (No. 7 in AP) with a tight win over Steve Spurrier's South Carolina squad.
Florida State (2-0) moved up to No. 8, followed by the Buckeyes (1-1) at No. 9. Notre Dame (2-0) knocked formerly No. 3 Michigan (1-1) from the top tier with a win and grabbed the No. 10 spot in the AP poll (No. 12 in USA Today), while Louisville (1-0) moved up to that No. 10 spot in the USA Today poll (No. 11 in AP).
Oklahoma (1-1) lost ground in the rankings after struggling in the first three quarters to defeat Tulsa, dropping a few notches to No. 17 in the USA Today poll and all the way down to No. 21 in the AP poll. Texas Tech (1-0) blew out Florida International 56-3 in its opener and grabbed a No. 19 ranking in both polls.