FanIQ Top 25: Missouri is Missouri again
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 8-0 (LW: No. 1)
For those who thought Tennessee had any chance of pulling off the upset, I'm sure you feel pretty silly right about now. Don't bet against Alabama. Just don't do it.
2. Oregon Ducks: 8-0 (LW: No. 2)
For the first 42 minutes, Oregon's offense looked...average. UCLA's defense contained Marcus Mariota and limited his abilities, forced a few fumbles and put Brett Hundley in a position to win the game. However, the Ducks caught fire late in the third quarter and scored 28 consecutive points to close things out.
3. Florida State Seminoles: 7-0 (LW: No. 3)
I'm not sure that Jameis Winston will have that "freshman game" that everyone is waiting for. His command of the offense is impeccable and he's putting games out of reach in the first half every single week. If the Noles take care of business at home vs. Miami (Fla.) this weekend—and they should have no problem doing so—they should finish the regular season undefeated.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes: 8-0 (LW: No. 4)
Urban Meyer had no choice but to unleash his offensive fury against Penn State's weary defense. If Ohio State is to have any chance to make the BCS National Championship this season, it will need more 63-14 final scores.
5. Baylor Bears: 7-0 (LW: No. 6)
It's the moment of truth for Baylor. The Bears' schedule thus far has been suspect, and their final five games are against Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas. We'll find out if they're contenders or pretenders very soon.
6. Stanford Cardinal: 7-1 (LW: No. 7)
With two straight wins over ranked opponents and a big-time home matchup against Oregon looming, Stanford has put itself back in contention for the national championship. Obviously the chips have to fall a certain way, but at least the Cardinal's defense has rebounded in a huge way since its disappointing performance vs. Utah.
7. Miami Hurricanes: 7-0 (LW: No. 8)
The Canes are undefeated, but it sure doesn't feel like it. Two straight last-second wins over North Carolina and Wake Forest have them failing the eye test, but beating Florida State on Saturday would definitely make up for that.
8. Auburn Tigers: 7-1 (LW: No. 13)
Had anyone told me that Auburn would be in the Top 10 at any point before the season started, I would have laughed in their face. Gus Malzahn has done an incredible job and quarterback Nick Marshall (who suffered an injury vs. FAU and is in question) has come on strong with the read-option as of late and is a very nice surprise for the Tigers' explosive offense.
9. Clemson Tigers: 7-1 (LW: No. 11)
The Florida State hangover was in full effect for the first three quarters against Maryland, as Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense struggled once again. Thankfully there are four quarters played in football, and the Tigers were able to find the end zone three times in an eight-minute span for a 13-point win over the Terps, who are in a downward spiral.
10. Missouri Tigers: 7-1 (LW: No. 5)
Missouri did what Missouri does. It took a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter, only to lose by a missed short-yard field goal in double overtime. Maty Mauk completed just 10-of-25 passes and was extremely inefficient toward the latter part of the game. The Tigers still have a chance to win the SEC East, but need to get past Tennessee and Kentucky and hopefully have James Franklin back and healthy by the time they travel to Ole Miss in Week 14.
11. LSU Tigers: 7-2 (LW: No. 12)
LSU was less-than-impressive in the first half against Furman, taking a 20-16 lead to the locker room. Zach Mettenberger threw two interceptions, but lead the Tigers to 28 consecutive second-half points in a 48-16 (meaningless) win.
12. Texas A&M Aggies: 6-2 (LW: No. 14)
This just in: Johnny Manziel is pretty good. The reigning Heisman winner has thrown for 759 yards and eight touchdowns in his last two games, and is completing 73.0 percent of his passes this season.
13. Oklahoma Sooners: 7-1 (LW: No. 21)
For as poorly as Blake Bell played in the first half, he was able to overcome it and come up with a very solid third and fourth quarter. HIs dual-threat abilities stretched the field and opened up a lot of room for the backfield, which combined for 277 yards and three touchdowns against a stingy Red Raider front seven.
14. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 6-1 (LW: No. 18)
Oklahoma State TOTALED 78 yards passing (Oklahoma State!!!) and still beat Iowa State 58-27. Yeah, what? I don't have the resources to look up the last time the Cowboys won a game with less than 80 yards passing. The defense forced three timely turnovers and running back Desmond Roland rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns, giving OSU its third straight win.
15. Texas Tech Red Raiders: 7-1 (LW: No. 10)
This is around the time of year where Texas Tech crumbles. With plenty of stiff competition left on the schedule, we'll see if that stands true. I'm on the Kliff Kingsbury bandwagon (it's probably the sunglasses), so I'm in favor of the Red Raiders here.
16. South Carolina Gamecocks: 6-2 (LW: No. 24)
Sprained knee and all, Connor Shaw came off the bench in the third quarter to save South Carolina's season, erasing a 17-point deficit and coming up with a 27-24 double OT victory over then-undefeated Missouri. He finished 20-of-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns in arguably the best performance of his career.
17. Central Florida Knights: 6-1 (LW: No. 19)
Blake Bortles completed 20-of-24 passes (83.3 percent), 286 yards and totaled five touchdowns (one rushing) as UCF rolled UConn, 62-17.
18. Fresno State Bulldogs: 7-0 (LW: No. 16)
Fresno State's BCS dreams stayed intact after San Diego State was unable to score in overtime.
19. UCLA Bruins: 5-2 (LW: No. 9)
The Bruins completely fell apart in the second half, allowing Oregon to score 28 unanswered in a 42-14 loss. They'll have a nice opportunity to bounce back this Saturday against 3-4 (0-4 Pac-12) Colorado.
20. Louisville Cardinals: 7-1 (LW: No. 20)
Teddy Bridgewater wasn't about to allow his Cardinal teammates to feel sorry for themselves and lay an egg against South Florida. The future top-five NFL draft pick threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-3 win in Tampa.
21. Northern Illinois Huskies: 8-0 (LW: No. 22)
Jordan Lynch went airborne in his team's 59-20 rout of Eastern Michigan, finishing 16-of-20 for 223 yards and four touchdowns. He of course took 18 carries for 99 yards and a score, too.
22. Wisconsin Badgers: 5-2 (LW: No. 23)
Wisconsin is coming off a much-needed bye week in preparation of an Iowa squad that already has one more win than it did all of last year (5).
23. Michigan State Spartans: 7-1 (LW: unranked)
Since its 17-13 loss to Notre Dame, Michigan State is 4-0 and is outscoring its opponents 124-45.
24. Michigan Wolverines: 6-1 (LW: No. 25)
There are some major Big Ten title implications this weekend between Michigan and Michigan State. The winner will more than likely represent the Legends Division against Ohio State.
25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 6-2 (LW: unranked)
Tommy Rees went 9-of-24 for 104 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Notre Dame's loss to Oklahoma. Since then, he's 48-of-81 (59.3 percent) for 729 yards, 10 touchdowns and just one pick, and the Irish are 3-0.
Dropped from rankings: Nebraska (15), Virginia Tech (17).
Other receiving votes (in order): Georgia, Florida, BYU, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Texas, Virginia Tech, Ball State, Minnesota, Houston.
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