College Football Rankings Week 9: Which Teams Got Absolutely Screwed?
College football experienced its craziest week to date this week, so there were sure to be a number of teams that got the short end of the stick when it came to the voters. Whether a team suffered an upset or didn't win in blowout fashion, teams were guaranteed to be disappointed when the polls hit the press.
Well, here you are!
Not only did some teams have their national championship dreams crushed, but some dropped out of the polls altogether. And some went from being highly ranked to falling out of the Top 10 and looking up at the rest of the competition.
The smaller programs were hit the hardest this week.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, N/R—AP, N/R
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 25
Current AP Poll: 21
Overall Record: 5-1
Most people learned about Central Florida with Friday night's win over Louisville. But the truth is that the Knights have been a good football team all season. Upsetting the Cardinals wasn't a fluke.
In fact, UCF went into Happy Valley and beat Penn State. It also gave South Carolina all it could handle and lost by a lousy field goal.
The Knights have proven to be a physical team in the trenches and balanced offensively, with former Miami Hurricane Storm Johnson leading the way.
Keep an eye on this program moving forward, as good things lie ahead.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, N/R—AP, 24
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 17
Current AP Poll: 11
Overall Record: 6-1
This is why the coaches' poll needs to be blown up and buried forever. Auburn went into College Station and left with a victory over Texas A&M. The offense was unstoppable, the defense got after Johnny Manziel and did I mention that the Tigers won?
Auburn is now 6-1 on the season, with the only loss coming on the road against LSU. It beat ranked Ole Miss and now has a win over an SEC powerhouse. There's not much more you can ask for from first-year head coach Gus Malzahn.
Being ranked 17th is an absolute joke.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, 23—AP, 23
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 22
Current AP Poll: 23
Overall Record: 7-0
Northern Illinois can't do anything right in the voters' eyes. Even with an undefeated record and quarterback Jordan Lynch breaking rushing records, the Huskies continue to hold down the bottom of each poll.
OK, they haven't really beaten anybody, but you'd think they'd make some progress with other teams around them losing. The season-opening victory over Iowa also looks a little better with the Hawkeyes giving Ohio State a problem.
The Huskies were an underdog's fantasy last season, but they seem to be one of the most underrated teams in the country this year.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, 3—AP, 4
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 4
Current AP Poll: 4
Overall Record: 7-0
Wasn't Ohio State considered the best team outside of the SEC before the season started?
All the Buckeyes have done is win the seven games that were in front of them. Yes, they did struggle against Iowa and didn't blowout Northwestern like many expected, but don't all wins count the same? We discredit a team for not winning convincingly, but destroy a team when it loses.
Even if Ohio State runs the table, Urban Meyer and company may still fall short of appearing in the national championship. Don't kill the messenger.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, 6—AP, 8
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 16
Current AP Poll: 18
Overall Record: 6-1
The Cardinals barely got any love when they began the season with six straight victories. Now, after losing to an extremely underrated Central Florida squad, they drop this far in the polls?
It just goes to show how much voters really liked this team.
Granted, Louisville needed to run the table in order to make a real impact on the polls, but this is just a harsh reminder that schedule plays a major role in where the teams rank. Maybe next year will be better for the Cardinals with a move to the ACC.