A week that didn’t see a change at the top of the rankings (Alabama still perfect and strong) of the AP Poll, but a move up for Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame and even the resting LSU, thanks to Georgia ruining Florida’s season, opening up the SEC East. The Irish earned the second big win of week 9, proving their national title credentials by winning in Oklahoma.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 8-0 (60 first place votes) – People wanted the Tide to go through a real test, so the demolished previously undefeated Mississippi State 38-7.
2. Oregon Ducks, 8-0 – The Ducks have another juggernaut of an offensive performance, humilhating Colorado 70-14 after a 56-0 halftime lead, remaining at number 2.
3. Kansas State Wildcats, 8-0 – Moved up a spot after another impressive performance on both sides of the ball, starring Collin Klein, beating Texas Tech 55-24.
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 8-0 – Defense, defense and even a bit of offense, as Notre Dame proved once more that they’re for real by winning in Norman against Oklahoma 30-13, climbing up a spot.
5. LSU Tigers, 7-1 – Didn’t play, moved up a spot.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes, 9-0 – The only 9-0 team in the nation, not that it matters. Enjoyed another big day from Braxton Miller with three touchdowns, beating Penn State 35-23, climbing three spots.
7. Georgia Bulldogs, 7-1 – Opened the SEC East race with a big win over rivals Florida, forcing six turnovers in a 17-9 win and climbing five spots.
8. Florida Gators, 7-1 – Lacked focus and guts in their 9-17 loss to the Bulldogs, falling from the number 3 spot.
9. Florida State Seminoles, 8-1 – Enjoyed bursting the Duke bubble without too many problems, beating the Blue Devils 48-7, climbing two spots.
10. Clemson Tigers, 7-1 – Another ACC team with an impressive conference win, beating Wake Forest 42-13 on a big day of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins.
11. South Carolina Gamecocks, 7-2 – Lost Marcus Lattimore in a hard earned 38-35 win over Tennessee on a big Connor Shaw passing day (rare), climbing six spots.
12. Louisville Cardinals, 8-0 – Outlasted what should be their second hardest game of the season, beating Cincinnati 34-31 in overtime, climbing four spots and taking sole control of the Big East.
13. Oregon State Beavers, 6-1 – The wonderful run ended against another team that takes great pride in its defense, losing to Washington 20-17 and falling six spots.
14. Oklahoma Sooners, 5-2 – Two home losses in one season? No one remembers what that feels like, but Oklahoma were stifled once again vs a too good of a defense, losing 30-13 to Notre Dame and falling six spots.
15. Stanford Cardinal, 6-2 – Stanford picked up 10 sacks in a hard earned 24-17 win over Washington State, climbing two spots in the AP poll.
16. Texas A&M Aggies, 6-2 – Made a six spot climb in another big day for Johnny Manziel, becoming the next team to humiliate Auburn, winning at Jordan-Hare 63-21.
17. Mississippi State Bulldogs, 7-1 – The undefeated run had to end at some point, and they weren’t a match for Alabama, losing 38-7 and falling three spots.
18. USC Trojans, 6-2 – The final blow to their bowl seasons hopes? USC looked great on offense, but lost 36-39 at Arizona, falling eight spots.
19. Boise State Broncos, 7-1 – Easily beat Wyoming 45-14, climbing two spots.
20. Texas Tech, 6-2 – Had their hands full with Collin Klein and KSU, losing 24-55 and falling from 15th.
21. Nebraska Cornhuskers, 6-2 – Enjoyed the injury to Denard Robinson in their return to the top 25 with a 23-9 win.
22. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 7-1 – Climbed two spots, beating New Mexico State 28-14.
23. West Virginia Mountaineers, 5-2 – Didn’t play, climbed two spots.
24. Arizona Wildcats, 5-3 – A big offensive display and just about enough defense against USC were enough to push Rich Rodriguez’ team in to the rankings after a 39-36 win.
25. UCLA Bruins, 6-2 – Back in the polls after a last second field goal gave them a dramatic 45-43 win over Arizona State and another big running day from Johnathan Franklin.
Dropped from rankings – Ohio, Michigan, Rutgers.