2009 College Football Season Rankings

Bill RobbinsContributor IJanuary 8, 2010


As the 2009 season finished the Alabama Crimson Tide capped the season with the national championship over the Texas Longhorns.

1-Alabama 14-0 By far the best team this season in college football with victories over six ranked teams which include four top ten teams and behind Heisman trophy winning running back Mark Ingram (1542 yards). Alabama is expected to be the top favorite for the national title next season with the return of Ingram and McElroy.


2-Boise State 14-0 A sleeper this season by also finishing undefeated. Boise State shocked TCU with their surprisingly great defense and quarterback Kellen Moore 39 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions on the season. Next season Boise State could be the first non BCS team to reach the national title game.


3-Texas 13-1 Texas had a excellent year behind Colt McCoy as quarterback but in the national title game his injury ended up costing the Longhorns the game. If McCoy had played then the result could have been completely different.


4-Florida 13-1 The Gators had a great year after losing playmakers to the NFL but it ended up showing against Alabama in the SEC title game. But still the talent advantage over the Big East netted them a 51-24 blowout victory in the Orange Bowl against Cincinnati. Tim Tebow and his senior class ended up being the winningest SEC senior class ever.


5-Ohio State 11-2 Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes finished the season strong with six consecutive victories. Including an upset to Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State expects to be in the top 10 at the beginning of next season.


6-TCU 12-1 Great year but in the end disappointment losing to Boise State. In my opinion if Texas had lost to Nebraska in the Big 12 title game. I thought that TCU should have been the team in the national title game and I think the could have won regardless of what happened in the Fiesta Bowl.


7-Cincinnati 12-1 An undefeated regular season and Big East crown gave Cincinnati an argument for being in the national title but losing 51-24 to Florida helped quailed the argument. Still by far the best season in program history.


8-Iowa 11-2 After a great 9-0 start and then two consecutive losses, Iowa made a return to a BCS bowl for the first time since 2002 (Orange Bowl loss to USC). However this time Iowa would win over favored Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.


9-Penn State 11-2 A great finish to Daryll Clark's career with a hard fought bowl victory against LSU. Papa Joe still has not lost his touch in coaching. Look for Penn State to contend for Big Ten titles and BCS bowl bids well into the future.


10-Oregon 10-3 In Chip Kelly's first season as a college football coach ended with ten wins, Pac 10 championship, and a Rose Bowl appearance. Oregon is in good hands.


11-Georgia Tech 11-3 First BCS bowl appearance for the Yellow Jackets ever ended off disappointing but a young team with an explosive running offense. Georgia Tech could also have a great season next year.


12-Virginia Tech 10-3 Another young team lead by the running attack of Ryan Williams (1655 yards 21 touchdowns) and Tyrod Taylor. Virginia Tech dominated SEC foe Tennessee 37-14 in the Chick-Fil-A bowl.


13-BYU 11-2 After an early season upset of #3 Oklahoma, BYU was thought of being possibly in the national title game but after FSU beat 54-28 at home and TCU 38-7, BYU turned things around and finished with five consecutive victories to end the season.


14-Nebraska 10-4 Nebraska had an excellent season lead by defensive star Ndamukong Suh (4th heisman) almost upset Texas in the Big 12 title game. Should be in the top ten to fifteen next season.


15-Pittsburgh 10-3 Pittsburgh had their best season in years with the effective play of quarterback Bill Stull and the nations third leading rusher freshman Dion Lewis 1799 yards.


16-Wisconsin 10-3 A big upset of the Miami Hurricanes in the Champs Sports Bowl, Wisconsin is not flashy but they just play fundamentally sound football. They dominate the clock with their dominating running attack. The Badgers should contend for the Big Ten title next season.


17-LSU 9-4 A very talented team that lost 3 of their last 5 down the stretch. But LSU will still have great team next year.


18- Miami (FL) 9-4 Miami had a good season end in disappointment. But Coach Randy Shannon teams are getting better each season and this team is loaded with talent. With the return of star quarterback Jacory Harris, the Miami Hurricanes are expected to be in the top ten next season and possibly contend for a national title. The U might return sooner rather than later and eventually win national titles again.


19-Utah 10-3 After finishing undefeated in 2008, Utah lost three games but to three highly ranked teams (TCU, Oregon, and BYU). In the end Utah won their nineth consecutive bowl game against Pac 10 team California.


20-USC 9-4 A disappointing season for USC after finishing with seven consecutive seasons being ranked in the top four in the country and winning the Pac 10. USC had an inexperienced quarterback true freshman Matt Barkley starting the whole season which hurt them down the stretch. USC won't disappear they just have too much talent. Look for them to be in the top ten next season.


21-Mississippi 9-4 Great Cotton Bowl victory against Oklahoma State. Ole Miss looks to continue to get better next season but the losses of quarterback Jevan Snead and Dexter McCluster will make things difficult.


22-Oklahoma State 9-4 Started the season highly ranked but their defense and offense struggled down the stretch.


23-Central Michigan 12-2 Capped the season with one heck of a bowl game against Troy. A double overtime victory. 


24-Oregon State 8-5 Almost winning the Pac 10 the Beavers still finished the season weak by losing their last two games Oregon and BYU.


25-Oklahoma 8-5 Oklahoma had a down year with Heisman trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford being injured but still had a impressive defense allowing only 13.5 points per game. Oklahoma always has talent which bodes well for them in the future.