With Florida, Southern California, Oklahoma and Oregon State all tumbling on Saturday, the Top 10 of the BCS standings is going to look far different in Week 10.
These weren't the only ranked teams to lose either. There will be a decent reshuffling all through the rankings in the coming edition.
We'll discuss the outcomes that will have the most impact on the rankings, and below you will see my stab at what the new BCS rankings will look like when they are released.
Week 9 Result: Georgia 17, Florida 9
Florida's Week 9 Ranking: 2
Georgia's Week 9 Ranking: 10
Projected Week 10 Ranking for Florida: 7
Projected Week 10 Ranking for Georgia: 6
This was a game of two similar teams banging away at each other in a back-and-forth contest. Georgia ultimately prevailed with a ground game that outgained Florida 123-81 and the clutch play of quarterback Aaron Murray.
Florida is not due for a big hit in the polls as the loss was to a quality opponent and the Gators already have such a strong resume. However, they are in a position where there is little margin for error.
Georgia was on the road for this one, and it definitely showed they deserve to pass the Gators in the rankings.
Notre Dame: 8-0
Week 9 Result: Notre Dame 30, Oklahoma 13
Notre Dame's Week 9 Rank: 5
Oklahoma's Week 9 Rank: 8
Projected Week 10 Ranking for Notre Dame: 3
Projected Week 10 Ranking for Oklahoma: 15
Notre Dame's defense surely converted any doubters with this performance, as did its whole team.
The Irish played smart and sound football on offense, and they proved they can win a big game against a tough opponent.
They would be in line for a bigger jump, but there just isn't much room for them to move. I do expect them to edge past Oregon for No. 3, though.
Kansas State: 8-0
Texas Tech: 6-2
Week 9 Result: Kansas State 55, Texas Tech 24
Kansas State's Week 9 Ranking: 3
Texas Tech's Week 9 Ranking: 14
Projected Week 10 Ranking for Kansas State: 2
Projected Week 10 Ranking for Texas Tech: 22
Kansas State manages to look better each week, and with the Florida loss, it now has a clear path to No. 2, as Oregon is not in a position to jump them since the Ducks picked up another blowout win over a non-ranked opponent, Colorado.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech, while looking completely outclassed, has done enough to prove that it still belongs in the Top 25.
Oregon State: 6-1
Week 9 Result: Washington 20, Oregon State 17
Week 9's Rank: 7
Projected Ranking for Week 10: 12
Quarterback Sean Mannion struggled mightily while returning from an injury that kept him out of the last two games. He threw four picks, and his team could not overcome that while on the road.
Oregon State is definitely staring at a fall after losing to the un-ranked Huskies, but the Beavers have a solid resume on the season, which will help them keep a nice ranking.
USC Trojans: 6-2
Week 9 Result: Arizona 39, USC 36
Week 9's Rank: 9
Projected Ranking for Week 10: 16
This loss really hurts the Trojans. They can now officially kiss any shot at the title game goodbye.
USC's offense was fantastic as it put up over 600 yards of total offense, but the D was terrible, and overall, this team did not make the clutch plays it needed.
The Trojans are in line for a big drop.
Week 9 Result: Kent St. 35, Rutgers 23
Week 9's Rank: 15
Projected Ranking for Week 10: 24
Kent State is having a fine season, and it drove that home by going on the road and easily handling previously undefeated Rutgers.
This is a big blow to Rutgers as it does not have a solid resume. None of the team's wins has come against a ranked opponent.
Week 9 Result: Miami (Ohio) 23, Ohio 20
Week 9's Rank: 24
Projected Ranking for Week 10: Unranked
Ohio opened the season with a win over Penn State that has looked more impressive with each passing week. However, the Bobcats have very little else to hang their hat on, and this loss will cripple any hope they had at finishing the season ranked.
This was a bad loss—Miami (Ohio) is now just .500 on the year and it lost its last two games before playing Ohio by a combined score of 89-26.
Week 10 Mock BCS Standings