NCAA Week Four Top 25: Florida Retains Top Spot

The SportmeistersAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2009

Surprise, surprise? Some top teams stumble and are losing ground on the national title race. Who takes their spot? Let’s go to the polls.

1. Florida (Last Week: 1) Next Game: 9/26 at Kentucky

Gator fans and staff are blaming their 10-point victory on the swine flu. Whatever happened to “a win is a win?”

2. Texas (Last Week: 2) Next Game: 9/26 vs. UTEP

Colt McCoy and company avoided another upset at the hands of Texas Tech, holding the Red Raiders to -6 rushing yards.

3. Ole Miss (Last Week: 4) Next Game: 9/24 at South Carolina

The Rebels move up thanks to USCs loss, but must avoid a letdown game in Columbia this week.

4. Alabama (Last Week: 5) Next Game: 9/26 at Arkansas

Three SEC teams in the top five? There is little doubt that this is the toughest conference in college football.

5. Penn State (Last Week: 6) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Iowa

The Spread HD may be their bread and butter, but their defense has given up only 20 points in three games.

6. LSU (Last Week: 7) Next Game: 9/26 at Mississippi State

A tough matchup against Georgia is on the horizon, but the Tigers can’t over look this weekend.

7. USC (Last Week: 3) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Washington State

The Trojans drop due to their loss, and now a quarterback battle is brewing between Matt Barkley, who is hurt, and Aaron Corp, who couldn’t lead the team to victory.

8. Ohio State (Last Week: 9) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Illinois

Terrelle Pryor ensured a victory this week, throwing for 262 yards and adding an extra 110 on the ground in the shutout.

9. TCU (Last Week: 10) Next Game: 9/26 at Clemson

The Horned Frogs take advantage of their counterparts mistakes, and slide further up into the top 10.

10. Miami (Last Week: 23) Next Game: 9/26 vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech

The Hurricanes are quickly showing they are for real, winning against another ranked opponent in the ACC.

11. Oklahoma (Last Week: 12) Next Game: Idle

Oklahoma gets an extra week to prepare against an equally dangerous Miami team.

12. Virginia Tech (Last Week: 13) Next Game: 9/26 at No. 10 Miami

A game winning drive took down Nebraska, but the Hokies will need a top game in order to get a victory this week.

13. UNC (Last Week: 14) Next Game: 9/26 at No.15 Georgia Tech

The Tar Heels are looking strong in the ACC this season, and this game gives them a chance to make some noise in the Coastal division.

14. Boise State (Last Week: 15) Next Game: 9/26 at Bowling Green

With BYU’s loss, Boise State is one of two teams left looking at a BCS bid as a non-automatic qualifier.

15. Georgia Tech (Last Week: 8 ) Next Game: 9/26 vs. No. 13 North Carolina

Miami exposed the triple-option offense. Can the Yellow Jackets get back on track and avoid a 1-2 ACC start?

16. Oklahoma State (Last Week: 16) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Grambling State

The Cowboys bounced back from their upset loss with a win over Rice, and should have an easy game against Grambling State this weekend.

17. Kansas (Last Week: 17) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Southern Miss

Quarterback Todd Reesing has thrown for 806 yards in a mere three games this season.

18. California (Last Week: 20) Next Game: 9/26 at Oregon

Cal jumps thanks to some losses, but face an Oregon team with some fire after they beat Utah last week.

19. Florida State (Last Week: NR) Next Game: 9/26 vs. South Florida

It’s a tale of two teams for the Seminoles, as the team that beat BYU is not the same team that snuck by Jacksonville State.

20. BYU (Last Week: 11) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Colorado State

BYU lost their best shot at possibly competition for a national championship, and will need a lot of help to get back in the BCS conversation.

21. Georgia (Last Week: 21) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Arizona State

The Bulldogs played like a Big 12 team last week, putting up 52 points against Arkansas.

22. Cincinnati (Last Week: 24) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Fresno State

Quarterback Tony Pike has 923 yards passing and eight touchdowns through three games this year.

23. Michigan (Last Week: 25) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Indiana

The Wolverines have matched their win total from last season, proving RichRod knows how to turn a team around in year two.

24. Washington (Last Week: NR) Next Game: 9/26 at Stanford

After a disappointing 0-12 season a year ago, an upset over USC finds the Huskies back in the Top 25.

25. Nebraska (Last Week: 19) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

A last minute drive knocked the Cornhuskers back, but they should get on track again this week.

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