#21. Oklahoma State (2-0)
Last Week: W 55-13 vs. South Alabama
Top Performer: WR Tylan Wallace (10 receptions, 166 yards, 1 TD)
This Week: Saturday vs. #16 Boise State (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
The Cowboys will have to be careful against the perennial mid-major darlings from Boise, but extra motivation comes in the form of the potential fact that they won’t see another ranked team until November, closing out the season with Oklahoma, West Virginia, and TCU.
#22. Hawaii (3-0)
Last Week: W 43-29 vs. Rice
Top Performer: QB Cole McDonald (22-33, 319 yards, 4 TDs)
This Week: Saturday @ Army (12:00 p.m. ET, CBSSN)
The love has gone to Central Florida and Boise State, but the Rainbow Warriors could certainly contend for the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six bowl spot, especially if the offense (leading the nation in total yards after Week 2), continues its torrid pace.
#23. Michigan (1-1)
Last Week: W 49-3 vs. Western Michigan
Top Performer: RB Karan Hingdon (13 carries, 156 yards, 1 TD)
This Week: Saturday vs. SMU (3:30 p.m. ET, BTN)
The Wolverines got back on the right track against their directional in-state foe and have to build further momentum before conference play begins, as the Mustangs have let up at least 40 points in six straight games, dating back to last season.
#24. Texas A&M (1-1)
Last Week: L 28-26 vs. #2 Clemson
Top Performer: QB Kellen Mond (23-40, 430 yards, 4 TDs, 10 carries, 33 yards
This Week: Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network)
The Aggies came up just short in an early game-of-the-year contender in College Station, but the Jimbo Fisher era has a strong ray of light headed into the future.
#25. Kentucky (2-0)
Last Week: W 27-16 @ Florida
Top Performer: RB Benny Snell Jr. (27 carries, 175 yards)
This Week: Saturday vs. Murray State (12:00 p.m. ET, SEC Network)
Currently 10th in the nation at 301 rushing yards per game, the Wildcats deserve some credit for their historic win in Gainesville, their first win over the Gators since 1986.