It is interesting to see some of the changes after the New Years Day, errr January 2nd, games. There are no changes in position until #8, but then there is a fair amount.
Stanford moves up a spot despite losing, in large part because they were expected to lose so their rating was about where it was supposed to be. They move up a spot because Wisconsin and the rest of the Big Ten had a bad day. Wisconsin lost, but they were supposed to so that isn't why they dropped, instead it was the rest of the Big Ten teams except for Michigan State losing, and badly in a few cases, that pulled Wisconsin and the rest of the Big Ten down a bit with Michigan dropped 0.5 points and 3 spots despite not playing yet, Michigan State dropping 0.1 points and a spot despite winning, Nebraska dropping 1.4 points and 3 spots in a bad loss, and Penn State (not in the top-25) dropping 1.6 points and 6 spots after their bad loss.
The beneficiary in large part was the SEC, even the idle teams having their ratings improve 0.3+ points, but esepcially South Carolina, as well as Oregon and Houston, although Oregon's gap to #3 Oklahoma State was too large for it to change their ranking.
How close is Oklahoma State to #2 now? Still not very close, their loss to Iowa State just a far worse result than Alabama's loss to LSU.
|3||Oklahoma St||87.900||12-1||73.629||+0, +0.124|
|6||Boise St||83.927||12-1||65.714||+0, +0.012|
|10||South Carolina||80.735||11-2||70.854||+3, +1.469|
|11||Southern Cal||79.664||10-2||70.207||+0, +0.100|
|14||Texas A&M||79.108||7-6||73.042||+1, +0.060|
|18||Michigan St||77.855||11-3||68.496||-1, -0.140|
|20||Kansas St||77.524||10-2||71.813||-1, +0.040|
|21||Florida St||76.485||9-4||65.798||+2, +0.176|
|23||Notre Dame||75.766||8-5||70.822||+1, -0.011|
|24||Southern Miss||74.962||12-2||62.857||+1, +0.433|