Top 25 College Football Rankings, Oct. 12: Alabama or Florida at No. 1?

Aaron MullinsContributor IOctober 13, 2009

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 10: Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for yardage in their college football game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)

1. Alabama (6-0)

Their 22-3 win at Ole Miss was very impressive.  The Rebels were helpless against the Tide's overwhelming defense.  Quarterback Greg McElroy struggled for the Tide, but at least he outperformed Jevan Snead.  Running back Mark Ingram is establishing himself as a legitimate Heisman candidate.  The Tide hosts South Carolina this Saturday.

2. Florida (5-0)

Winning night games at LSU are next to impossible.  But the Gators were never once in jeopardy of losing in Baton Rouge.  The Tigers' offensive problems were magnified against a tremendous Gator defense.  

Florida looked good, but I still like Bama at the one spot.  I don't want to look ahead, but the SEC Championship could potentially be the National Championship.  The Gators face a hot Arkansas team this Saturday.  An upset is a possibility.  

3. Texas (5-0)

Colt McCoy completed more than 80 percent of his passes, and Jordan Shipley continued to blow by defenders in the Longhorns victory over Colorado.  Texas trailed at halftime, but shut out the Buffaloes in the second half to remain undefeated.  Red River Rivalry this Saturday.

4. USC (4-1)

After a bye week, the Trojans should be more than ready to destroy Notre Dame in South Bend.  Look for the 'Jimmy Clausen for Heisman' campaign to come crashing down after Saturday's game.  

5. Boise State (5-0)

The Broncos are at the part of their season where they stagnate in the polls.  The only place they can go is down.  The Broncos will probably be around the No. 10 spot at the end of the season, but for now they can enjoy sitting at No. 5. Boise State travels to Tulsa for a Wednesday night matchup.  

6. Virginia Tech (5-1)

Boston College was atrocious.  Virginia Tech was unstoppable.  As a result, the game quickly got out of hand.  The Hokies won 48-14, and the Eagles proved that the Atlantic Division is really that bad.  If the Hokies win at Georgia Tech on Saturday then they will have a clear path to the ACC Championship (unless my 'Hoos stay hot).  

7. Oregon (5-1)

Even without quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, the Ducks were able to earn a 24-10 victory at UCLA.  Oregon is one of the hottest teams in the country, and they hope to stay hot through their bye this weekend.  

8. Nebraska (4-1)

It took a massive fourth quarter rally, but the Huskers beat Missouri 27-12. Ndamukong Suh gets my vote for the top defensive player in the nation.  Nebraska's defense will be tested by the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday.  

9. Cincinnati (5-0)

The Bearcats are coming off of a bye, and travel to South Florida on Thursday for a huge Big East matchup (if there is such a thing).  We will find out how good Tony Pike is when he faces South Florida's stout secondary.  The Bulls are ninth in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (158.3 yards/game).

10. Ohio State (5-1)

The Buckeyes were out-gained by Wisconsin in every major offensive category, but three non-offensive touchdowns led the Buckeyes to a victory.  They play at Purdue on Saturday, and need to get their offense on track before a tough final three games to end the season.  

11. TCU (5-0)

The Horned Frogs survived the Falcons' upset bid and left Air Force with a 20-17 win. TCU has Colorado State at home this Saturday.   

12. Miami (4-1)

Florida A&M provided a nice break from Miami's grueling first four games to open the season.  The Canes beat the Rattlers 48-16, and travel to Central Florida on Saturday.

13. LSU (5-1)

There's no shame in losing to Florida.  But there is shame in only 162 total yards and three points at home.  The Tigers have some work to do over their bye week.  Their defense is good, but the offense needs to help out.

14. Oklahoma (3-2) 

Sam Bradford made his triumphant return and passed for 389 yards in the Sooners' 33-7 win over Baylor.  Ryan Broyles may return for the Texas game.  Oklahoma looks to be righting the ship.

15. Iowa (6-0)

The Hawkeyes narrowly defeated Michigan 30-28.  They are confidently sitting at 6-0, but they must travel to face a good Wisconsin team on Saturday.   

16. Oklahoma State (4-1)

The Cowboys were able to win at Texas A&M without Dez Bryant.  They play Missouri this Saturday, and will find that life is tough without their star receiver. 

17. South Carolina (5-1)

Garcia played well in their win over Kentucky, but the Gamecocks only managed a 28-26 victory.  Alabama's defense could bring out the old Garcia on Saturday.

18. Georgia Tech (5-1)

The Jackets won a shootout in Tallahassee over the Seminoles.  Both Nesbitt and Dwyer had over 100 rushing yards in Tech's 49-44 victory.  Nesbitt will have to put up those numbers on Saturday when the Hokies come to town.  

19. BYU (5-1)

The Cougars won 59-21 at UNLV.  They play another cupcake game this Saturday against San Diego State before they welcome TCU into town on Oct. 24.

20. Arkansas (3-2)

The Razorbacks enter my Top 25 after convincing wins over Texas A&M and Auburn. Arkansas racked up almost 500 yards of offense in their 44-23 victory over the Tigers, and limited Auburn's potent offense.  They have a big challenge ahead in their road contest against Florida on Saturday.

21. South Florida (5-0)

The Bulls are coming off of a bye week, and should be more than ready to give the Bearcats all that they can handle on Thursday night.  

22. Penn State (5-1)

The Nittany Lions enter my Top 25 after convincing wins over Illinois and Eastern Illinois. The Lions still haven't beaten any good teams, but this Saturday against Minnesota is a great place to start.

23. Auburn (5-1)

Auburn could not continue their winning streak at Arkansas, but they remain in my Top 25 despite the loss.  The Tigers have a great opportunity to rebound this Saturday against Kentucky.

24. Houston (4-1)

The Cougars re-enter my Top 25 after a big 31-24 win at Mississippi State.  Houston still has major problems on the defensive side of the ball.  They are at Tulane this Saturday.

25. Kansas (5-0)

The Jayhawks are undefeated, but almost losing to Iowa State at home will drop you in the polls.  Their schedule has been anything but difficult, but their record is unblemished. Kansas travels to Boulder on Saturday to face Colorado.

Georgia (45-19 loss at Tennessee), Mississippi (22-3 loss to Alabama), and Wisconsin (31-13 loss at Ohio State) all dropped out of my Top 25 this week.  


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