AP College Football Poll 2012: Complete Week 9 Standings Released

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

It was yet another "statement Saturday" in the college football world, as there were no huge upsets, but a lot of teams did make their voices heard to the pollsters and BCS computers. 

Without a doubt, the biggest win of Week 8 came in the Swamp, as the Florida Gators put to rest any concerns about their offense by running all over what had been a dominant South Carolina defense up to that point to the tune of 44 points. 

The Gators have now surpassed their win total from all of 2011. And with two games left against ranked opponents, including next week against Georgia, they have the inside track on the SEC Championship Game. 

The other huge statement came from Kansas State. The undefeated Wildcats put a huge dent into Geno Smith's Heisman campaign with a 41-point win. Quarterback Collin Klein might have elevated himself to the top of that particular list with a seven-touchdown performance. 

In a case of doing just enough to get the job done, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish remain undefeated heading into their showdown at Oklahoma next week. This will be the biggest test all season for that stout Irish defense. 

Also in that category are the LSU Tigers. The offense continues to be problematic, specifically the passing game, as quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed just 11-of-29 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. 

But the defense bailed them out, and they walked out of Texas A&M with a 24-19 victory to keep their BCS title hopes alive. 

Here is a look at how things changed in the Associated Press rankings following Week 8 (via SI.com):


 1. Alabama
 2. Oregon
 3. Florida
 4. Kansas State
 5. Notre Dame
 6. LSU
 7. Oregon State
 8. Oklahoma
 9. Ohio State
 10. USC
 11. Florida State
 12. Georgia
 13. Mississippi State
 14. Clemson
 15. Texas Tech
 16. Louisville
 17. South Carolina 
 18. Rutgers
 19. Stanford
 20. Michigan 
 21. Boise State
 22. Texas A&M
 23. Ohio
 24. Louisiana Tech
 25. West Virginia