College Football Rankings Week 9: Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders

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College Football Rankings Week 9: Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders
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Kansas State's do-it-all quarterback Collin Klein has the Wildcats dreaming of a national title.

The Week 9 BCS standings were released on Sunday, and as usual, it has its fair share of controversy. Alabama is No. 1, to no one's surprise, but it gets a little murky after that.

The biggest bone of contention is the impact that strength of schedule has on the standings. Florida ranks ahead of an Oregon team that many people think is the second-best in the country, simply because the Gators play in the SEC. Georgia is ahead of South Carolina despite the fact that the Gamecocks annihilated the Bulldogs just a few weeks ago.

The overemphasis on strength of schedule often tends to blind the fans and the media. That being said, the computers have definitely overrated some teams, and seemingly cheated others in the latest standings.

We all know about Alabama and Oregon and the other elite teams of the college football world. Here are the teams on the cusp of success or failure. Let the debates begin. 

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