Rant Sports Week 9 Official College Football Top 25 Rankings
Rant Sports' Official College Football Top 25: Week 9
Week eight of the college football season has come and passed and the week nine resulted in a major shake up of the top-25 rankings. If you like upsets and underdogs, this was your week to watch college football. Some top teams in the nation dropped considerably in the rankings while other teams dropped out.
The week started with a close game between the Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday in which the Hurricanes overcame an upset bid on the road to claim victory. That's where the madness began for week nine.
Just a day later, the Louisville Cardinals fell victim to the upset bug as the Central Florida Knights took them down at home for their first loss of the season on a schedule that looked to be as favorable as any in the nation. The next day, Saturday, was the biggest day of the season for upsets as eight top-25 teams fell as four dropped to unranked teams.
The Georgia Bulldogs' string of bad luck has continued this week as they fell for the second-straight week, but this time on the road against the Vanderbilt Commodores. They weren't the only ranked SEC team to drop on the road to an unranked team as the South Carolina Gamecocks lost a close one to the Tennessee Volunteers.
As one of the most exciting weeks of college football of the 2013 season, week eight did not disappoint anyone, but week nine features more top games and the possibility of more ranked teams losing.
Check out our board of experts' top-25 rankings for week nine.
25. Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1)
Nebraska had a much-needed bye week and they will be coming back as one of the top teams in the Legends Division standings.
Last week: NR
24. Michigan Wolverines (6-1)
Michigan had yet another poor week of play and gave up 50 points to the Indiana Hoosiers in a home win. This team is walking on thin ice when it comes to near-losses.
Last week: NR
23. Wisconsin Badgers (5-2)
Another week, another huge win against a lesser opponent. The Badgers blew out Illinois in a tough conference road battle.
Last week: 25
22. Georgia Bulldogs (4-3)
Luckily for the Bulldogs, they didn't drop out of our rankings, but bad news is that they have three losses on the season and are one loss away from a completely lost season.
Last week: 14
21. Louisville Cardinals (6-1)
The Cardinals lost a tough first game of the season after leading the Central Florida Knights by 21 points in the third quarter and blowing the lead. Tough night for Bridgewater and the AAC-favorite Cardinals.
Last week: 8
20. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-1)
The Cowboys took to the road to take down a struggling TCU squad that looks to be the biggest disappointment in the Big 12 this season. Good win for the Cowboys, tough loss for TCU.
Last week: 19
19. Northern Illinois Huskies (7-0)
Northern Illinois is continuing its dominant play against lesser opponents with a 38-17 win over Central Michigan.
Last week: 21
18. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2)
South Carolina struggled on the road against a gritty Tennessee squad and quarterback Connor Shaw suffered a knee injury that could set him out for a couple weeks or more.
Last week: 11
17. Oklahoma Sooners (6-1)
The Sooners took down Kansas on the road -- as everyone seems to do these days -- and became bowl eligible through eight weeks.
Last week: 18
16. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1)
The Hokies got a bye in week eight but were starting to hit their stride with six straight victories after an early-season loss to Alabama.
Last week: 24
15. Fresno State Bulldogs (6-0)
Derek Carr continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country as the senior led the Bulldogs to their sixth-straight win to begin the season.
Last week: 17
14. Auburn Tigers (6-1)
Hitting the road and taking down one of the best teams in the SEC has to be good enough top jump the Tigers in the rankings a considerable amount -- and that's exactly what happened.
Last week: 22
13. Texas A&M Aggies (5-2)
Texas A&M fell to the Auburn Tigers at home, but that didn't stop Johnny Manziel from having a heck of a game with over 400 passing yards and four scores. It's about time for the Aggies to find some defensive help.
Last week: 7
12. UCLA Bruins (5-1)
The Bruins lost a tough conference matchup with Stanford. Good thing for the Bruins was that it was only their first loss of the year and they're still in the hunt for a conference title.
Last week: 9
11. LSU Tigers (6-2)
Losing to Ole Miss is something no one saw coming, but the Tigers lost a tough one and will be out for blood during the rest of the season, looking for some seasons to ruins.
Last week: 6
10. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-0)
Texas Tech continued its winning ways with a win against West Virginia on Saturday. This team could be a serious Big 12 favorite in a week or two.
Last week: 15
9. Clemson Tigers (6-1)
It was a tough week for Clemson as the Tigers lost a laugher at home to the Seminoles by 37 points and their ACC title hopes are nearly out the window.
Last week: 3
8. Stanford Cardinal (6-1)
The Stanford Cardinal beat a tough UCLA team at home by two scores, but there is still much to be proved in order for them to be able to keep up with Oregon.
Last week: 12
7. Miami Hurricanes
It will be an interesting couple of weeks for the Hurricanes as they will be heavily tested in the ACC and many people still believe they haven't proved enough in order to be considered a team on the rise.
Last week: 10
6. Missouri Tigers (7-0)
Missouri continues to impress as it Tigers took down the Florida Gators just one week after it beat the Georgia Bulldogs on the road. This team has become a contender and not just a pretender.
Last week: 16
5. Baylor Bears (6-0)
There's not much else you can say about this team other than one of the best offenses in college football. Oh yeah, and don't forget the improved defense from a horrid squad a season ago. The Bears improved their record to 6-0 on the year after a 71-7 throttling of Iowa State.
Last week: 13
4. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0)
Ohio State has won once again, making in 19 straight regular season wins under Urban Meyer.
Last week: 4
3. Florida State Seminoles (6-0)
It's almost hard not to give the Seminoles a spot atop the rankings after a huge win on the road against the No. 3 Clemson Tigers. It's easy to see why Jameis Winston is the best quarterback in the ACC and possibly the best in the nation.
Last week: 5
2. Oregon Ducks (7-0)
Oregon dismantled yet another opponent, putting up 62 points on the Washington State Cougars. Looks like an Oregon-Alabama matchup for the national title is more likely.
Last week: 2
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)
What a surprise. The Crimson Tide are atop the top-25 rankings once again after a 10-plus point blowout win against Arkansas.
Last week: 1
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