The carnage of this weekend will create an unprecedented circumstance in this week's ratings. The top three teams will all be from one league. The SEC West trio of LSU, Alabama and Arkansas will rest atop this week's rankings.
After that? This week's projection much less predicitable. The coaches still like Oklahoma St to some degree, and only dropped the Cowboys to sixth. If the Harris folks vote along similar lines (and the projection is changed to reflect that), OSU should still be fourth overall, and viable as a national title contender.
The coaches were also generous with Oregon (ninth - top rated among two-loss teams) and Oklahoma (11th, behind the Ducks and Michigan State).
In the bowl projections, voters may consider Oklahoma State a viable option if the Cowboys beat Oklahoma and win the Big 12. However, at the moment, they trail both Virginia Tech and Stanford in the polls. I don't think it's likely OSU would catch Alabama if they have to jump both of those teams without them losing. Therefore, a rematch between LSU and Alabama is the current projection.
I do have the Cowboys now winning that game and getting to the Fiesta Bowl.
The Sugar would be without an SEC team, so I have them plucking Michigan as an at-large to play Houston. Stanford would automatically qualify as an at-large team for the second year in a row and end up in the Fiesta.
This afternoon, the University of Miami announced a self-imposed bowl ban in response to the NCAA investigation of the Nevin Shapiro scandal. The bowl projections will be changed to reflect that decision.
Also, many are asking about Penn State falling out of the Big Ten bowls entirely. Unfortunately, right now, the Nittany Lions are toxic to the bowls. Maybe they will soften on PSU over the next couple of weeks. Maybe one of the lower tier Big Ten bowls will take a flyer on them with the thought that they might never get another shot at Penn State.
Big Ten bowl rules stipulate that the Rose must take the champion and that the championship game loser cannot fall below the Gator in the selection order. My projection does not have Penn State winning the division, so there would be no restriction preventing the Nits from falling all the way out, even with nine wins.