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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 9

Rick Gagliano | Through games of October 31, 2015

RANK TEAM RECORD
1. Ohio State 8-0
2. TCU 8-0
3. Michigan State 8-0
4. Baylor 7-0
5. Clemson 8-0
6. Alabama 7-1
7. LSU 7-0
8. Iowa 8-0
9. Oklahoma State 8-0
10. Notre Dame 7-1
11. Oklahoma 7-1
12. Florida State 7-1
13. Stanford 7-1
14. Utah 7-1
15. Memphis 8-0
16. Florida 7-1
17. Houston 8-0
18. Michigan 6-2
19. Ole Miss 7-2
20. Duke 6-2
21. Toledo 7-0
22. North Carolina 7-1
23. Temple 7-1
24. Appalachian State 7-1
25. UCLA 6-2

--- Week 9 Notes below ---


Week 9 Notes:

Few Changes in Quiet Week

A paucity of meaningful games for teams at or near the top of the rankings produced a quiet week for the Top 25, as only three teams suffered losses: previously ranked #12 Duke, #23 Temple, and, #24 Pittsburgh.

In the case of the Blue Devils, the loss on the final play of the game to Miami has been thoroughly dissected and found to be erroneous, the lateral-scoring play showing that the referees missed an important aspect, that being one in which a Miami player's knee was already on the ground before he released the ball to a teammate.

Thus, the game should have been over at that specific point, though the refs allowed the play to continue, to the eventual dismay of the Duke players, coaches, and fans.

While there is no mechanism in the NCAA or the ACC to overturn a final score despite an obvious mistake, the Duke players eventually must shoulder the blame for allowing the Hurricanes to score in such a manner.

The result could harm 6-2 Duke's quest for the ACC championship, as they now trail 7-1 North Carolina by a game in the ACC Coastal division. The Blue Devils have an opportunity to make amends immediately, as they play at North Carolina this weekend (11/7). A win against the Tar Heels and victories in the final three games (against Pitt, Virginia and Wake Forest) would assure Duke a spot in the conference championship game the first weekend of December, ostensibly to meet the Clemson Tigers.

Temple lost a heartbreaker at home to Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish scoring a touchdown after the Owls had taken a lead late in the fourth quarter with a field goal. Notre Dame emerged victorious with a 24-20 win, a 7-1 record and high hopes. Temple suffered their first loss of the season, is now 7-1, but still holds sway in the American Athletic East division, with a two-game bulge over second place Cincinnati (5-3). The Owls meet unbeaten Memphis later this month (11/21).

Pitt was upended at home by the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels, dropping the Panthers to 6-2 and out of the rankings from their spot at #24 in week 8. UCLA, outlasting Colorado for a 35-31 victory, improved to 6-2 and are still in the hunt for the lead in the PAC-12 South, trailing 7-1 Utah by one game. The Bruins play at Utah on November 21, but must get past Oregon State and Washington State in order to make that meeting a meaningful one.

#1 Ohio State and #3 Michigan State were idle on the week. #2 TCU busted up West Virginia, 40-10, on Thursday night, improving to 8-0. #4 Baylor was also idle and remains at 7-0.

Clemson remained anchored in the #5 spot with a 56-41 win at NC State. Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Notre Dame round out the top 10.

With Temple the only unbeaten team taking a loss, 11 teams remain undefeated heading into week 10.

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