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Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 9

Bleacher Report PollsAnalyst INovember 9, 2016

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 9

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    South Carolina outgained Florida in total yards (191-183) but got blown out, 44-11, on Saturday. The Gators created four turnovers and turned them all into points as they moved to 7-0 on the season.

    Notre Dame also stayed unbeaten as the Irish beat BYU, 17-14. Notre Dame did it with defense again, holding the Cougars to 243 yards of total offense.

    The biggest statement of the day, though, had to go to Kansas State, which blew out West Virginia, 55-14. Quarterback Collin Klein threw for three touchdowns and ran for another four as the Wildcats continued to impress.

    Read on to see what the new Bleacher Report Top 25 looks like.

Others Receiving Votes

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    Wisconsin: 22

    TCU: 13

    N.C. State: 11

    Oklahoma State: 11

    Louisiana Tech: 10

    Nebraska: 7

    Duke: 6

    Toledo: 5

    Tulsa: 3

    UCLA: 3

    BYU: 1

    Cincinnati: 1

    Penn State: 1

No. 25: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 46                            

    Record: 5-2 (2-2, Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Baylor, 56-50

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Kansas Jayhawks

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Texas running back Joe Bergeron rushed for 117 yards and five touchdowns as the Longhorns beat the Bears, 56-50.

    Quarterback David Ash completed 19 of 31 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown for Texas.

No. 24: Ohio Bobcats

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    Poll Points: 58                            

    Record: 7-0 (3-0, MAC)

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Akron, 34-28

    Next Game: Nov. 1 vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Bobcat quarterback Tyler Tettleton completed 13 of 27 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio beat Akron, 34-28. Tettleton also ran for 65 yards.

    Running back Beau Blankenship ran for 108 yards on 17 carries for the Bobcats.

No. 23: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Poll Points: 65                     

    Record: 5-2 (2-2, SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 20, lost to LSU, 24-19

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Auburn Tigers

    Previous Ranking: 20

    Texas A&M couldn't overcome five turnovers, falling to LSU, 24-19, on Saturday. Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel threw three interceptions in the loss.

    The Aggies built a 12-0 lead in the second quarter before giving up 24 straight points to the Tigers.

No. 22: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Poll Points: 74     

    Record: 5-2 (2-2, Big 12)                

    Last Game: Oct. 20, lost to Kansas State, 55-14

    Next Game: Nov. 3 vs. TCU Horned Frogs

    Previous Ranking: 14

    The Mountaineer offense struggled for the second straight week as they were blown out by the Wildcats, 55-14, on Saturday.

    Geno Smith completed just 21 of 32 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. He also threw his first two interceptions of the season.

    The Mountaineers were only able to muster 243 yards of total offense.

No. 21: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 108                        

    Record: 5-2 (3-0, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Michigan State, 12-10

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Nebraska Cornhuskers

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson threw for 163 yards and ran for another 96 as Michigan beat Michigan State, 12-10.

    Robinson was a one-man show again, totaling 259 of Michigan's 326 yards of total offense.

No. 20: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 135                         

    Record: 5-2 (3-1, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat California, 21-3

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Washington State Cougars

    Previous Ranking: 23

    Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor ran for 189 yards and a touchdown in Stanford's 21-3 win over Cal. Stanford finished with 252 yards on the ground.

    Quarterback Josh Nunes completed 16 of 31 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinal.

No. 19: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 137                         

    Record: 6-1 (3-0, MWC)     

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat UNLV, 32-7

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Wyoming Cowboys

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Boise State running back D.J. Harper ran for 59 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Broncos beat the Rebels, 32-7.

    Boise State's defense held UNLV to just 210 yards of total offense.

No. 18: Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Poll Points: 190                        

    Record: 6-1 (3-1, Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat TCU, 56-53 (3 OT)

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Kansas State Wildcats

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Red Raider quarterback Seth Doege threw his seventh touchdown pass in the third overtime to beat the Horned Frogs, 56-53. Doege completed 30 of 42 passes for 318 yards.

    Wide receiver Eric Ward caught six passes for 61 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders.

No. 17: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Poll Points: 218                  

    Record: 7-0 (3-0, Big East)   

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Temple, 35-10

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Scarlet Knight quarterback Gary Nova threw for 232 yards and four touchdowns as Rutgers beat Temple, 35-10.

    Running back Jawan Jamison ran for 114 yards on 19 carries for the Scarlet Knights.

    Rutgers defense limited Temple to just 191 yards of total offense.

No. 16: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 224     

    Record: 6-2 (4-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, lost to Florida, 44-11

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Tennessee Volunteers

    Previous Ranking: 9

    The Gamecocks couldn't overcome four turnovers in losing to the Gators, 44-11. South Carolina's defense limited Florida to just 183 total yards.

    Quarterback Connor Shaw started the game but was pulled for Dylan Thompson in the the third quarter due to his ineffectiveness.

No. 15: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 234                      

    Record: 7-0 (2-0, Big East)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat South Florida, 27-25

    Next Game: Oct. 26 vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater hit Eli Rogers for an 11-yard touchdown with just 1:35 left to beat South Florida, 27-25. Bridgewater completed 21 of 25 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns while running for another 74.

    Cardinals running backs Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright combined for 56 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

No. 14: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 268                     

    Record: 7-0 (3-0, SEC)            

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Middle Tennessee, 45-3

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Alabama Crimson Tide

    Previous Ranking: 17

    Bulldog quarterback Tyler Russell completed 17 of 21 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns as Mississippi State beat Middle Tennessee, 45-3.

    Running back LaDarius Perkins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

No. 13: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 290               

    Record: 6-1 (3-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Virginia Tech, 38-17

    Next Game: Oct. 25 at Wake Forest Demon Deacons

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for two more as the Tigers beat the Hokies, 38-17. Boyd threw for 160 yards and ran for another 27.

    Running back Andre Ellington ran for 96 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.

No. 12: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 304               

    Record: 6-1 (4-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Kentucky, 29-24

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Florida Gators

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray completed 30 of 38 passes for 427 yards and four touchdowns as Georgia beat Kentucky, 29-24.

    Receiver Tavarres King caught nine passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

No. 11: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 340     

    Record: 7-1 (4-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Miami, 33-20

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Duke Blue Devils

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Seminole running back Devonta Freeman ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns as Florida State beat Miami, 33-20. James Wilder added 49 yards and another score as the Seminoles racked up 218 yards on the ground.

    Florida State's defense held Miami to 258 yards of total offense.

No. 10: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 385               

    Record: 6-0 (4-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Utah, 21-7

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Washington Huskies

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Beaver running back Storm Woods rushed for three touchdowns as Oregon State beat Utah, 21-7, on Saturday night.

    Oregon State's defense created four turnovers, intercepting two passes and recovering two fumbles.

No. 9: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points: 387               

    Record: 8-0 (4-0, Big Ten)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Purdue, 29-22

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Penn State Nittany Lions

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio State beat Purdue in overtime, 29-22.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was injured late in the third quarter and never returned. He finished with 113 yards passing while running for 47 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes.

    Kenny Guiton replaced Miller and threw a two-yard touchdown pass with just three seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

No. 8: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 404               

    Record: 5-1 (3-1, Big 12)              

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Kansas, 52-7

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Sooner quarterback Landry Jones completed 19 of 28 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma's 52-7 victory over Kansas.

    Receiver Kenny Stills caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown for the Sooners.

No. 7: USC Trojans

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    Poll Points: 419                   

    Record: 6-1 (4-1, Pac-12)                

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Colorado, 50-6

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Arizona Wildcats

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns in the 50-6 win over the Buffaloes.

    USC receiver Robert Woods caught eight passes for 132 yards and four touchdowns. Marqise Lee added 103 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.

No. 6: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points: 443              

    Record: 7-1 (3-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Texas A&M, 24-19

    Next Game: Nov. 3 vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Tiger running back Jeremy Hill ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in LSU's 24-19 win over Texas A&M. Michael Ford added 78 yards and a touchdown as LSU racked up 219 yards on the ground.

    The Tigers' defense created five Aggie turnovers.

No. 5: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points: 472                   

    Record: 7-0               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat BYU, 17-14

    Next Game: Oct. 27 at Oklahoma Sooners

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood combined for 257 rushing yards as Notre Dame beat BYU, 17-14. The Irish finished with 270 yards on the ground.

    Notre Dame's defense was dominating once again, holding the Cougars to 243 total yards of offense.

No. 4: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 513        

    Record: 7-0 (4-0, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat West Virginia, 55-14

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein threw for three touchdowns and ran for four more in a 55-14 rout over the Mountaineers. Klein completed 19 of 21 passes for 323 yards while running for 41 yards on 12 carries.

    Wide receiver Tyler Lockett caught nine passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

No. 3: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 535                 

    Record: 7-0 (6-0, SEC)             

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat South Carolina, 44-11

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Georgia Bulldogs

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Florida took advantage of four South Carolina turnovers as the Gators beat the Gamecocks, 44-11. Quarterback Jeff Driskel threw four touchdowns on just 16 passes.

    The Gators scored 44 points despite gaining just 183 yards of offense.

No. 2: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 541 (2)

    Record: 7-0 (4-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 18 beat Arizona State, 43-21

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Colorado Buffaloes

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Duck running back Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns as Oregon beat Arizona State, 43-21, on Thursday night.

    Quarterback Marcus Mariota added another 135 yards on the ground as the Ducks finished with 406 yards rushing.

    The score was 43-7 at the half, and the Ducks emptied their bench toward the end of the third quarter.

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 572 (21)         

    Record: 7-0 (4-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 20, beat Tennessee, 44-13

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 22 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns as Alabama beat Tennessee, 44-13.

    Freshman running back T.J. Yeldon ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for Alabama.

    Crimson Tide receiver Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

     

    Bleacher Report Voters: David Mayer (Poll Coordinator), Adam Jacobi, Alex Joseph, Alex Callos, Amy Daughters, Barrett Sallee, Carl Stine, David Luther, Daniel Hudson, Rich Thomaselli, Eric Bowman, Ian Berg, James Brown, John Rozum, Jonathan McDanal, Kay Jennings, Marty Sondermann, Max Rausch, Michael Felder, Sanjay Kirpalani, Zach Dirlam.

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