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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 9

Rick Gagliano | Through games of October 30, 2010

1. Boise State 7-0
2. TCU 9-0
3. Oregon 8-0
4. Auburn 9-0
5. Alabama 7-1
6. Wisconsin 7-1
7. Utah 8-0
8. Ohio State 8-1
9. Stanford 7-1
10. Nebraska 7-1
11. Arizona 7-1
12. LSU 7-1
13. Oklahoma 7-1
14. Virginia Tech 6-2
15. Iowa 6-2
16. Missouri 7-1
17. South Carolina 6-2
18. Michigan St. 8-1
19. Oklahoma St. 7-1
20. Arkansas 6-2
21. Baylor 7-2
22. North Carolina St. 6-2
23. Nevada 7-1
24. Mississippi St. 7-2
25. UCF 6-2

--- Week 9 Notes below ---

Week 9 Notes:

The number of undefeated teams within the college ranks fell by two this past weekend, with Michigan State being absolutely humiliated by a keyed-up, tenacious Iowa squad, 37-6, and the Missouri Tigers manhandled at Nebraska, 31-17.

Thus, the Spartans fell from #5 in the DownTown Magazine rankings all the way to #18, while the Mizzou dropped from #6, after a meteoric (and probably too fast) rise from #25 in Week 6, back down to a more reasonable #16. The Tigers probably have no chance of catching the Cornhuskers in the Big 12 North, as Nebraska's remaining opponents are Iowa State, Kansas, Texas A&M and Colorado, while the Tigers face tough contests at Texas Tech this week and a home match with Kansas St., next. They also close out their season on the road, at Iowa State and Kansas. Winning road games is always a challenge.

The logjam in the Big Ten caused by Iowa's loss to Wisconsin and subsequent win over Michigan State created a four-team scramble, with Ohio State and Michigan State at 4-1, but with losses to Wisconsin and Iowa, respectively. Those latter teams are both 3-1. The big game comes down to the November 20 meeting of Ohio State at Iowa, though the Buckeyes still have to play Michigan in their final week, and that game is usually a toss-up, though this year it's at the Horseshoe.

At the top, four teams have taken dominant positions and all won big on Saturday, with the exception of Boise State, Thursday night winners - 49-20 - over Louisiana Tech.

#2 TCU wrecked UNLV, 48-6, continuing their roll through the Mountain West, where they have outscored the opposition, 189-16, and that includes Air Force and BYU. If Boise State and the Horned Frogs win out - TCU plays their two toughest games in the conference in the next two weeks, at Utah and then home for San Diego State - one or both should get a shot at the national championship, though, with all BCS dealings, that's likely wishful thinking.

#3 Oregon was once again impressive in knocking off USC, 53-32, as was #4 Auburn, in their 51-31 win at Mississippi. The one glaring deficiency of both these "big conference" teams is their lack of defense. One could easily make the case for TCU being better than both of them. Oregon still has four games left, one against Arizona, which should be telling. Auburn has to still figure out how to beat te Crison Tide, when they meet at Alabama, and even with a win there, would face a rematch with South Carolina, whom they beat 35-27, on Sept. 25, so, there's still a lot of football to be played.

A good number of teams had the past week off, but of those which played, the most notable successes were by Baylor, which downed Texas, 30-22, and now lead the Big 12 South standings, and North Carolina State, which engineered a major, 28-24 victory over Florida State and re-enter the rankings at #22 . The Bears enter the Top 25 at #21, though they still have games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. ahead.

Rounding out the list at #25 is UCF, leading the way in Conference-USA after a 49-35 win over East Carolina. The Big East is still unrepresented, confounded by the fact that maybe the best team in the conference, Syracuse, was pounded by Pittsburgh, 45-14 on October 16. The Orange are 6-2, and absolutely drubbed the Bearcats, 31-7, at Cincinnati. Pitt has three losses already and is not considered, though they have the inside track on the Big East championship.

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