With several anticipated matchups in Week 9, the BCS Top 25 will not look the same in a week as it does this Sunday.
Two of the top five teams, the Florida Gators and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, continue to be tested in the month of October. The Gators will head to Jacksonville for their annual clash with Georgia for the SEC East crown, while the Fighting Irish have their hands full with the Oklahoma Sooners.
Will the polls have a different look after Week 9? Let’s take a look into the crystal ball.
25. Texas Longhorns
Nice bounce-back win against Baylor, but the Longhorns have a long way to go if they want to appease the computers.
24. Ohio Bobcats
Time for the Bobcats to get some love? An 8-0 record should do the trick.
23. West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers will get a bye week so they'll stick around the back end of the Top 25.
22. Texas A&M Aggies
Beating an SEC bottom feeder like Auburn will keep the Aggies in the polls, for now.
21. Stanford Cardinal
Stefan Taylor will have another big day against Washington State’s defense.
20. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Tech will hang tough with Kansas State, but the Wildcats should squeak one out.
19. Boise State Broncos
Beating up Wyoming won’t have the Broncos going anywhere in the polls. Thanks to winning seasons in the past, Boise State has a reputation that the voters respect. They haven't faced a Top 25 team yet, but they are fixtures in the polls, nonetheless.
Tailback D.J. Harper has led the team to its six wins with eight touchdowns on the year. He will pad that total against an overmatched Wyoming team.
18. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ditto for them when they take on Kent State.
17. Michigan Wolverines
More servings of Big Ten teams for Michigan to strengthen its resume. Next they have Nebraska who has been playing down to their competition as of late, including merely a four-point win over Northwestern.
The Michigan defense has come into form in Big Ten play, led by defensive end Jake Ryan. The offense still has inconsistencies, but Denard Robinson should outrun Taylor Martinez to stay ontop of the Legends Division.
16. South Carolina Gamecocks
A home game against Tennessee will alleviate a disappointing October.
15. Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs should hang tight with Florida, but they won’t have the Gators’ mental toughness down the stretch.
14. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Gut-check time against Alabama, and the better team will win out.
13. Oregon State Beavers
I see Washington upsetting the Beavers and knocking them a few spots down.
12. Louisville Cardinals
Teddy Bridgewater will continue his Big East Player of the Year tour against Cincinnati.
11. Clemson Tigers
Strong performances should continue against Wake Forest.
10. Florida State Seminoles
The ‘Noles are still angry about the N.C. State game, happy to put a whooping on the Dukies.
9. Ohio State Buckeyes (Not Eligible in BCS)
They should have their way with Penn State even though they haven’t impressed recently.
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Finally leaving South Bend, the Irish will suffer their first loss of the season.
7. USC Trojans
Tricky game against Arizona, but these are the games USC has to win to keep its BCS hopes alive. The Wildcats will hang around, but the Trojans defense should keep Rich Rodriguez's squad at bay.
With upcoming BCS busters against Notre Dame and Oregon, the Trojans will have their chance to climb the ranks. They'll need to avoid getting complacent against their other Pac-12 foes.
6. LSU Tigers
Bye week will be just in time for Alabama clash the following Saturday.
5. Oklahoma Sooners
They have the offense firepower to expose Notre Dame’s secondary.
4. Kansas State Wildcats
Dream season keeps on giving for Bill Snyder’s squad.
3. Oregon Ducks
Soft October slate will have the Ducks drop to the daunting third spot.
2. Florida Gators
The Gators will be SEC East champions by October. Who would’ve thought?
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Beating an undefeated Mississippi State team will keep the Tide at the top.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow his thoughts on sports and the universe on Twitter @TheRealShiek
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