FanIQ Top 25: Week 9
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 7-0 (LW: No. 1)
Alabama beat Arkansas (Bert!!!) 52-0, because, well, Bama. We tend to forget just how good this team really is for some reason, and I think we're looking for some sort of complacency with the Tide. But I don't think that's ever going to be an option while Saban is at the helm.
2. Oregon Ducks: 7-0 (LW: No. 2)
Washington State gave Oregon fits during the first half of last night's game, due to some inopportune turnovers. Unfortunately for Wazzu, when the Ducks' offense wasn't putting the ball on the ground, it was averaging 9.3 yards per play. Oh, and Cougars QB Connor Halliday broke the NCAA record set by Drew Brees with 89 pass attempts, while receiving a total of two yards from his backfield.
3. Florida State Seminoles: 6-0 (LW: No. 5)
Did anyone see that coming? I mean really. Jameis Winston looked like a fifth-year senior leading an offense hat just couldn't be stopped, and his defense was overwhelming and limited an explosive Clemson unit to 14 points. There always seems to be an under-the-radar team to make a splash and enter the national championship bid, and this year that's Florida State.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes: 7-0 (LW: No. 4)
Survive and advance. That's looking like the theme for college football this year, and that's exactly what Ohio State has been doing the last few weeks. It wasn't pretty by any means, but Braxton Miller was crisp and Carlos Hyde was unstoppable against Iowa. The defense leaves a lot to be desired, but tends to get the job done when it matters the most.
5. Missouri Tigers: 7-0 (LW: No. 14)
So here we go. You have the top four teams in the country and then you have a bunch of names in a hat. Missouri has been extremely impressive and is coming off wins over Georgia and Florida, but the SEC has been just plain weird lately. The Tigers are without their starting quarterback (James Franklin) for awhile, but that didn't seem to matter as they scored 36 points against what was thought to be a top-3 Gators defense.
6. Baylor Bears: 6-0 (LW: No. 9)
Poor Iowa State. Poor Paul Rhodes. Poor stat keepers. Baylor unleashed its fury on the Cyclones yesterday, scoring 71 points in a 64-point win. This is the fifth time in six games the Bears have scored at least 69 points, which is pretty ridiculous. Remember, this Iowa State team almost beat Texas.
7. Stanford Cardinal: 6-1 (LW: No. 11)
Despite losing to Utah the week prior, Stanford came out ready to play against UCLA. The Cardinal really got away from their style of play in Salt Lake City, but the defense took care of business as usual (they seem to have the Bruins' number as of late).
8. Miami Hurricanes: 6-0 (LW: No. 13)
Miami did not look good against a very disappointing North Carolina squad. In fact, if it weren't for a late pick and last-minute touchdown drive, the Canes would be much farther down this list. But in a year where a win really is a win, leaving Chapel Hill on top is all that matters.
9. UCLA Bruins: 5-1 (LW: No. 8)
They may have lost, but so did everybody else it seems. The Bruins lost the regular season finale and Pac-12 Championship to Stanford last season, and couldn't make the adjustments to work up any comeback on Saturday. It may not get any better next week, as UCLA travels to Oregon.
10. Texas Tech Red Raiders: 7-0 (LW: No. 16)
West Virginia took a 27-16 lead late into the third quarter, but Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb wasn't having any of it. Finishing 36-of-50 for 462 yards and two touchdowns, he took control of the game and has the Red Raiders 7-0 heading into Oklahoma week.
11. Clemson Tigers: 6-1 (LW: No. 3)
What can you do after getting beat at home 52-14? Obviously Clemson's chances of a BCS title game are pretty much shot. It just needs to brush its shoulders off and start thinking about Maryland.
12. LSU Tigers: 6-2 (LW: No. 6)
Losing on the road to Ole Miss isn't all that detrimental, but it's still not exactly what Les Miles had in mind. For the most part, Zach Mettenberger looked like the 2012 version of himself, throwing three interceptions with a season-low QBR of 33.2.
13. Auburn Tigers: 6-1 (LW: No. 24)
Where did this come from? Out of nowhere is Auburn, which has won three in a row, including a 45-41 victory over the Johnny Manziels over the weekend. Gus Malzahn has done an incredible job thus far with a team that was 3-9 (0-8 SEC) last season.
14. Texas A&M Aggies: 5-2 (LW: No. 7)
Could Texas A&M's defense be any worse? It has allowed at least 28 points in six of seven games, earning a No. 104 ranking (33.9 per game). Johnny Manziel totaled 502 yards and five touchdowns, but that wasn't enough to put away Auburn.
15. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 5-1 (LW: No. 17)
Since losing to UCLA, Nebraska is 3-0 and is outscoring its opponents 142-46. Sure, the quality of opponents isn't very good, but that doesn't mean the Huskers shouldn't be favored to win the Legends.
16. Fresno State Bulldogs: 6-0 (LW: No. 18)
Another day, another dollar for Derek Carr. Well, you know what I mean. The senior had a record night against UNLV, completing 33-of-48 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns.
17. Virginia Tech Hokies: 6-1 (LW: No. 20)
By no means has Logan Thomas been the quarterback he was in 2011, but he sure has been a lot better than he was in 2012. He's taken care of the ball much better and has done just enough to help the Hokies win six games in a row. It helps that he has arguably the best defense in the nation, too.
18. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 5-1 (LW: No. 19)
Things are a bit backward in Stillwater this season. The offense has a ton of issues, starting with turnovers from the quarterback position. The defense has been extremely effective and ranks No. 18 in the country in points allowed (18.3).
19. Central Florida Knights: 5-1 (LW: unranked)
Down 28-7 midway through the third quarter to Teddy Bridgewater didn't matter to Blake Bortles and Co. UCF outscored Louisville 31-7 in the final 20 minutes of play to secure its best win in school history, and the Knights are the new favorite to win the AAC in their first year as a member.
20. Louisville Cardinals: 6-1 (LW: No. 10)
As much as people love to pin a loss on the quarterback, this one was not Teddy Bridgewater's fault. He was 29-of-38 (76.3 percent) for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and had given his defense a 21-point lead in the second half.
21. Oklahoma Sooners: 6-1 (LW: No. 21)
The Sooners found themselves down 13-0 to Kansas (!!!) until the seven-minute mark of the second quarter before an 18-0 run thanks to stellar defensive play.
22. Northern Illinois Huskies: 7-0 (LW: No. 22)
NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch broke the NCAA record for rushing yards at his position with 316 in the win over Central Michigan.
23. Wisconsin Badgers: 5-2 (LW: unranked)
Wisconsin, which could very well be 6-1 right now, rushed for 289 yards in its 56-32 win over Illinois Saturday.
24. South Carolina Gamecocks: 5-2 (LW: No. 12)
Losing to Tennessee is hard to swallow, but the Gamecocks have a huge opportunity to bounce back in a big way next week at Missouri.
25. Michigan Wolverines: 6-1 (LW: unranked)
The good news: Michigan is averaging 48.3 points over the last three weeks. The bad news: it has allowed 45.0 over the last two.
Dropped from rankings: Georgia (15), Florida (23), Washington (25).
Other receiving votes (in order): Georgia, Florida, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Ball State, BYU, Boise State.
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