2012 College Football Rankings: Week 9 FanIQ Top 25

FanIQ Top 25: Week 9

10/21/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

FanIQ College Football Top 25: Week 9

1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 7-0 (no change)

Tyler Bray and the high-powered Tennessee offense were smothered and couldn't keep up with A.J. McCarron and Co.

2. Oregon Ducks: 7-0 (no change)

Oregon remains my No. 2 for the fact that Chip Kelly could have scored 100 points on Arizona State if he wanted to. Instead, he pushed his brakes to a screeching halt and decided to not embarrass Todd Graham on national television.
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3. Florida Gators: 7-0 (no change)

It seems as if the Gators have regained their prominence as a powerhouse team and could run the table in the East if they finish off Georgia this week.

4. Kansas State Wildcats: 7-0 (previously No. 5)

Collin Klein basically grabbed the Heisman Trophy from Geno Smith's hands and the Wildcats are slowly moving into the national championship picture.

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 7-0 (previously No. 4)

Everett Golson or Tommy Rees? Neither are very enticing quarterbacks at this point, but Brian Kelly needs one to step up big against Oklahoma this upcoming weekend.

6. LSU Tigers: 7-1 (no change)

The game ball goes to the LSU defense, which forced five A&M turnovers. If the Tigers had a more efficient passing game, this one would have been a lot worse. 

7. Oklahoma Sooners: 6-1 (no change)

Which Landry Jones will show up this Saturday versus Notre Dame? The one that makes good decisions and portrays an NFL-like arm, or the one that crumbles under pressure?

8. USC Trojans: 6-1 (previously No. 9)

Everybody keeps saying that the Trojan offense is back after scoring 50 on Colorado. It's Colorado — Fresno State dumped 69 on the Buffaloes in Week 3.

9. Florida State Seminoles: 7-1 (previously No. 10)

Despite racking up 121 penalty yards and having to endure some questionable calls, the Seminoles were able to beat a pesky Miami (Fla.) team on the road, 33-20.

10. Ohio State Buckeyes: 8-0 (previously No. 11)

The Buckeyes were down by eight with :48 seconds left on their own 40 with a backup quarterback in. And won.

11. Clemson Tigers: 6-1 (previously No. 12)

Clemson continues to look strong following its loss to Florida State a month ago, scoring 43.3 points per game since.

12. Oregon State: 6-0 (previously No. 13)

Backup quarterback Cody Vaz wasn't nearly as impressive as he was against BYU, but he didn't have to be. The defense held Utah to 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) on third down and forced four turnovers in a 21-7 win.

13. Mississippi State: 7-0 (previously No. 19)

We will see what Mississippi State is truly made of as it travels to Tuscaloosa for a clash with the Tide Saturday night, where Betonline.com has Alabama as a 24-point favorite. 

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 7-0 (previously No. 18)

Big adjustments were made as the Knights found themselves down 10-0 to Temple at halftime. A 35-0 second-half run allowed them to move up in the rankings.

15. Georgia Bulldogs: 6-1 (previously No. 14)

Once again, the defense proved to be suspect as it gave one of the worst teams in the country a chance to win the game. Kentucky, which averages 119.3 rushing yards per game (103rd in NCAA), compiled 206 yards and two touchdowns on the ground against a Jarvis Jones-less Bulldog front seven.

16. Texas Tech Red Raiders: 6-1 (previously No. 25)

So, how do you top a 49-14 performance over a top-five team? Score 56 in triple overtime to beat another ranked team!

17. South Carolina Gamecocks: 6-2 (previously No. 8)

The Gamecocks are reeling much in thanks to the sloppy play of Connor Shaw and the inability to hold onto the ball. A healthy Marcus Lattimore wouldn't hurt, either.

18. Louisville Cardinals: 7-0 (previously No. 17)

Louisville had to make a comeback against the bottom-feeding USF Bulls, but it still continues to find a way to win each week.

19. Boise State Broncos: 6-1 (previously No. 21)

The Broncos have won 47 straight in the month of October, a streak dating back to 2001.

20. Michigan Wolverines: 5-2 (previously No. 22)

Denard Robinson wasn't overwhelming, but his fourth quarter heroics saved the Wolverines from yet another devastating loss to "Little Brother" Michigan State.

21. Texas A&M Aggies: 5-2 (previously No. 15)

True freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel looked like, well, a true freshman quarterback. His ceiling is incredibly high, but there's no doubt that he's still developing and will struggle against premiere defenses.

22. Stanford Cardinal: 5-2 (previously unranked)

Back into the rankings are the Cardinal, whose two losses have come by a combined 11 points.

23. Louisiana Tech: 6-1 (previously unranked)

839. That's how many yards the Bulldogs amassed en route to a 70-28 victory against Idaho last weekend.

24. North Carolina State: 5-2 (previously unranked)

Mike Glennon was flawless on the Wolf Pack's final drive, allowing them to set up a game-winning field goal with 32 seconds left and beat the Terrapins.

25. West Virginia: 5-2 (previously No. 16)

Something tells me Dana Holgorsen is going to unleash his fury on a very young, exploited TCU defense.

Dropped from rankings: Cincinnati (20), TCU (23), Arizona State (24).

Other receiving votes (in order): Penn State, Ohio, TCU, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, Utah State, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Duke, Arizona State, UCF.
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