The college football rankings for week 9 are largely the same, with no huge upsets. But the college football rankings in week 9 has Florida at No. 1 in all polls again. The college football rankings for week 9 had Florida back on top in the AP Top 25 college football poll, over struggling Alabama. Florida didn’t do that much to top the AP Top 25 college football rankings, but they did a little more than Alabama. Nevertheless, Florida, Alabama and Texas are still on top, as always, in the college football rankings for week 9.
Florida is now leading both the AP and USA Today top 25 polls, with Alabama and Texas 2-3. The college football rankings for week 9 still have USC at fourth in the AP and USA Today, but it’s unclear if the Trojans will move up from seventh in the BCS rankings today.
In the AP top 10 college football poll, Cincinnati, Boise State, Iowa, TCU, LSU and Oregon are 5-through-10. In the USA Today college football rankings, Boise State and TCU are up to fifth and sixth, with Cincinnati at seven and Iowa remaining at eight. There is still clearly a lot of wiggle room in the college football rankings, behind the top three, that is.
The college football rankings in week 9 didn’t have any real shakeups, except to knock Miami from the list of BCS contenders. But next week, things stand to get more interesting, as there are some possible elimination games ahead. Oregon and USC meet in a de facto BCS elimination game, while Texas has a big road test at Oklahoma State.
As for Florida and Alabama, they have been on somewhat shaky ground the last two weeks. But they will still lead the college football rankings until one of them loses a game. For the BCS’s sake, they can’t do that until they meet in the SEC title game – though Alabama came too close to getting upset by Tennessee this week. The Crimson Tide get a week of rest before they face LSU at home next week, however.
As long as Florida, Alabama and Texas keep winning, their challengers can’t move up in the college football rankings. TCU got up to sixth in the USA Today poll with their thumping of BYU, though, and could take the one mid-major BCS berth away from Boise State if they stay unbeaten. Cincinnati and Iowa are still alive for consideration, though Iowa only held off Michigan State with a last-play touchdown.
The AP and USA Today top 25 college football polls in week 9 will still mean little, compared to what the second BCS rankings reveal later today.
USA TODAY- “Top 25 Coaches Poll”
ESPN- “2009 NCAA Football Rankings – Week 9”