Another wild weekend in college football. There were a few upsets, and some top teams got a scare yesterday. Let’s break down the Week 9 top-25.
1. Alabama (7-0)
last week: Win vs. Tennessee 35-13
next week: vs. Arkansas
Alabama took care of another SEC opponent this week. They did lose Tua Tagovailoa halfway through the game after he rolled his ankle while being sacked. Nick Saban said he might be out for a week, which should be no problem going up against Arkansas.
2. Ohio State (7-0)
last week: Win at Northwestern 52-3
next week: vs. Wisconsin
The Buckeyes took care of business in a potential let down spot this week. Justin Fields looked great again as the offense put up 52 points Friday night. Thankfully, Ohio State wasn’t the team that ruined Ohio State vs. Wisconsin next week.
3. LSU (7-0)
last week: Win at Mississippi State 36-13
next week: vs. Auburn
LSU had another impressive win this weekend. Joe Burrow is looking like the Heisman favorite halfway through the season. This LSU team will be put to the test again against a strong Auburn defense.
4. Oklahoma (7-0)
last week: Win vs. West Virginia 52-14
next week: at Kansas State
The Sooners cart had an accident, but the team didn’t. After beating their rival in the Red River Shootout, Oklahoma came up with another impressive win vs. West Virginia. The question becomes if they can keep this up through Big 12 play.
5. Clemson (7-0)
last week: Win vs. Louisville 45-10
next week: vs. Boston College
Clemson is starting to roll after a sort of slow start to the season. Despite their impressive win margins, Trevor Lawrence has not been playing top tier football this season. He threw two interceptions against Louisville and has eight on the season. This could cost Clemson late in the season.
6. Penn State (7-0)
last week: Win vs. Michigan 28-21
next week: at Michigan State
The Nittany Lions got off to a great start against Michigan. They did allow the Wolverines to get back into the game, but hung on late. Penn State looks like the only team in the B1G to have a shot at knocking ogg Ohio State.
7. Georgia (6-1)
last week: Win vs. Kentucky 21-0
next week: Bye
Georgia bounced back after their upset last week. After a slow first half, the Bulldogs picked it up in the second half by scoring 21 unanswered and posted a shutout in their victory. They get another text against Florida next week.
8. Notre Dame (6-1)
last week: Bye
next week: at Michigan
Notre Dame looks to focus on their rival Michigan with the off week. This is a great spot for the Fighting Irish to come up with an impressive victory against a Michigan team that’s starting to fall off.
9. Oregon (6-1)
last week: Win at Washington 35-31
next week: vs. Washington State
A win is a win. Despite the sluggish performance, Oregon gets the victory in Washington and now is in the driver seat of the Pac 12 North. The Ducks still like a dark horse to sneak into the College Football Playoff if teams in front of them fall.
10. Utah (6-1)
last week: Win vs. Arizona State 21-3
next week: vs. Cal
The other Pac 12 team that has been almost as impressive as Oregon. The Utes keep rolling after their loss to USC. They’ve held their opponents to 10 points the last two games, and can find their way into the Pac 12 Championship game.
11. Florida (7-1)
last week: Win vs. South Carolina 38-27
next week: Bye
Some may say that the refs helped Florida pull out this victory. Regardless, they find themselves 7-1 and right in it in the SEC East. Can Kyle Trask continue to step up for the Gators?
12. Wisconsin (6-1)
last week: Loss at Illinois 24-23
next week: at Ohio State
You can’t lose to Illinois. Period. The Badgers continue to find ways to rip out their fans hearts when they lest expect it.
13. Auburn (6-1)
last week: Won at Arkansas 51-10
next week: at LSU
Auburn had a nice bounce back performance vs. Arkansas. Bo Nix looked much better in the performance, but he’ll get another tough test when the Tigers go to LSU. Auburn isn’t a bad football team, they just need better play out of their quarterback.
14. Baylor (7-0)
last week: Won at Oklahoma State 45-27
next week: vs. West Virginia
The Bears pulled away late against Oklahoma State to stay undefeated. This Baylor team feels like the real deal. The only concern is if their defense is coming back down to earth. On that side of the ball, they looked great in their first five games. Since, they have allowed 979 yards of offense in their last two games.
15. Iowa State (5-2)
last week: Won at Texas Tech 34-24
next week: vs. Oklahoma State
Iowa State continues to win and cover in October. If the Cyclones can stay focused on Oklahoma State instead of looking ahead in their schedule, they have a real nice shot at giving the Sooners a run for their money in the Big 12.
16. Texas (5-2)
last week: Won vs. Kansas 50-48
next week: at TCU
Texas is not very good this season. The Longhorns came close to Wisconsin territory after beating Kansas by two. Their defense is horrendous this season, and they are probably one loss away from this season going into a complete tail spin.
17. Minnesota (7-0)
last week: Won at Rutgers 42-7
next week: vs. Maryland
The Gophers keep on winning, and that’s pretty easy to do when their opponent is Rutgers. They have Maryland next week, but they will be tested in November when they play Penn State, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
18. Michigan (5-2)
last week: Loss at Penn State 28-21
next week: vs. Notre Dame
The Wolverines continue to struggle on the road against Big Ten opponents. After being down 21-7, they did claw their way back against Penn State, but it wasn’t enough. They get another test next week against Notre Dame. Can they salvage their season?
19. Washington (5-3)
last week: Loss vs. Oregon 35-31
next week: vs. Utah
The Huskies can make an argument that they should have beat Oregon. Washington just hasn’t been able to get momentum going against their Pac-12 opponents. Maybe next season will be different for Chris Peterson.
20. Texas A&M (4-3)
last week: Won vs. Ole Miss 24-17
next week: vs. Mississippi State
The Aggies find themselves back above .500. They have a chance to get some momentum going in this part of the season before they get tested again in late November.
21. Iowa (5-2)
last week: Won vs. Purdue 26-20
next week: at Northwestern
Iowa was able to bounce back after back to back losses. Despite this being a mediocre performance, the Hawkeyes can still win the Big Ten West. They will need some help, but they control their destiny.
22. Mizzou (5-2)
last week: Loss at Vanderbilt 21-14
next week: at Kentucky
You can’t lose to Vanderbilt. Period. The Tigers have a good football team, yet again, they play down to their opponent. This is the second time this season it’s happened. This team can be 7-0, and looking at another SEC East title, but this loss shows what their team really is.
23. USC (4-3)
last week: Won vs. Arizona 41-14
next week: at Colorado
The talent is there for USC. If they can continue to win, they will see Oregon in the Pac 12 title game. They still have a date with the Ducks and Arizona State before it’s all said and done.
24. Arizona State (5-2)
last week: Loss at Utah 21-3
next week: at UCLA
Herm Edwards is another year away from the Sun Devils being a legit contender out west. Some weeks, he’s able to coach this team to victory. Saturday against Utah was not one of those weeks.
25. Michigan State (4-3)
last week: Bye
next week: vs. Penn State
Hard to knock a team out of the rankings that didn’t play. Penn State will most likely do it next Saturday when these two face off. Enjoy making the list Sparty fans.