College Football Rankings 2013: Predictions for Week 9's Top 25 Matchups

Emily BayciContributor IIIOctober 23, 2013

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 19: Wearing pink helmets, offensive linesman Hroniss Grasu #55 of the Oregon Ducks and the offensive line get set at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter of the game against the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The college football rankings have had a flurry of activity in the past few weeks. The lack of consistency does not mean the top teams are weak and they still deserve the high standings (for the most part).

The list is going to shuffle even more after this weekend and the high amount of top-level competition.

Here is an overview of some of this weekend’s biggest matchups in college football.


No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 12 UCLA

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The No. 3 Oregon Ducks had an easy win against Washington State last weekend, 62-38, while the No. 12 UCLA Bruins suffered their first loss, 24-10, to No. 6 Stanford.

This Pac-12 showdown is not going to be an easy win from either side.

The Bruins have the speed and athletes to challenge the Ducks, but they cannot let last week's loss mess with their heads. Brett Hundley and Jordan James need to be in the game and in top form so they can score more than the 10 points they totaled last week.

An away contest may be too much for UCLA, and Oregon’s fast and aggressive defense can shut them down. However, if the Ducks defense mirrors last week where they gave up 38 points and 557 yards, it may be a different story.

Prediction: 41-28 Oregon


No. 10 Texas Tech vs. No. 15 Oklahoma

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No one predicted at the beginning of the season that Texas Tech would have broken the Top 10. Here they are, about to face their toughest test of the year against No. 15 Oklahoma.

The last time the Red Raiders traveled to Norman in 2011, they shocked the country and snapped the Sooners' 39-game home winning streak, 41-38. It may be a different Red Raiders team this time around, but the Sooners still remember two years ago.

It is going to be a battle between Texas Tech’s passing offense and Oklahoma’s passing defense.  The Red Raiders offense is ranked sixth overall in the nation, averages 416.4 yards per game and is No. 2 in passing. If anyone can stop them it's the Sooners, though, with a defense that averages 149.7 yards allowed. Oklahoma held Kansas to 16 passing yards on five completions in last week's win over the Jayhawks.

Prediction: 21-17 Oklahoma


No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 21 South Carolina

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No. 5 Missouri is on fire with key wins against Georgia and Florida. However, the Tigers are going to have to justify their high rank in what could possibly be the SEC game of the year against No. 21 South Carolina.

The Gamecocks are looking for payback after a rough 23-21 upset against Tennessee last weekend. South Carolina can’t afford another loss if they want to remain a contender in the division.

Missouri’s offense is one of the best in the nation with an average of 513.4 yards per game. The Tigers defense is giving up 381 yards per game and they lead the SEC with 23 sacks and in turnover margin with 1.43 turnovers gained per game.

Prediction: 30-27 Missouri

(416.4 yards per game)
The Red Raiders offense is ranked sixth overall in the nation
16 passing yards on five completions