Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Poll: Week 9

David MayerCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2011

Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Poll: Week 9

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    Two more undefeated teams went down on Saturday as Clemson and Kansas State were taken out by conference foes.

    Stanford almost became the third undefeated team to lose, but they pulled out the victory over USC in three overtimes.

    Here is the latest Bleacher Report top 25 voted on by 18 B/R writers.

    (Special thanks to the voters who make this article happen. Amy Daughters, John Rozum, Brian Jones, Carl Stine, David Luther, Ian Berg, Jeremy Hillman, Joe Penkala, Joel Greer, Johnathan Cace, Patrick Runge, Lafe Peavler, Rich Thomaselli, Ryan Teeples, Jonathan Woo, Timothy Bielik and Matt Shetler.)

Others Receiving Votes

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    Auburn: 36

    Southern Miss: 29

    Texas A&M: 19

    SMU: 10

    Texas Tech: 7

    TCU: 5

    Washington: 5

    Ohio State: 4

    Notre Dame: 1

No. 25: USC Trojans

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    Total Points: 44

    Record: 6-2 (3-2 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 lost to Stanford, 48-56

    Next Game: Nov. 4 at Colorado

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Curtis McNeal ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns but fumbled the ball on the four-yard line in the third overtime to end USC's comeback bid.

    Matt Barkley threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 24: Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Total Points: 48

    Record: 6-1 (2-0 Big East)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat South Florida, 37-34

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Pittsburgh

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Notes: Bye week.

No. 23: Texas Longhorns

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    Total Points: 51

    Record: 5-2 (2-2 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Kansas, 43-0

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs Texas Tech

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Joe Bergeron ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns as Texas gained 441 yards on the ground in the 43-0 thumping of Kansas.

    The Longhorns limited the Jayhawks to just 46 total yards and three first downs while racking up 590 total yards and 35 first downs themselves.

No. 22: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Total Points: 62

    Record: 7-2 (4-2 ACC)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Clemson, 31-17

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs Virginia Tech

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington ran for 176 yards and a touchdown as the Yellow Jackets upset the Tigers 31-17 on Saturday.

    Georgia Tech racked up 383 yards on the ground and dominated the time of possession—39 minutes to 21.

No. 21: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Total Points: 65

    Record: 6-2 (2-1 Big East)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Rutgers, 41-31

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs Louisville

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Notes: Rutgers took a 31-21 lead into halftime, but West Virginia put together a 20-0 second half to come away with a 41-31 victory.

    Geno Smith threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

    Shawne Alston ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries in a snowy day in New Jersey.

No. 20: Wisconsin Badgers

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    Total Points: 121

    Record: 6-2 (2-2 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 lost to Ohio State, 29-33

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs Purdue

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Notes: Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, but the Badgers were unable to stop the Buckeye rushing attack as Ohio State gave the Badgers its second straight loss.

    Jared Abbrederis had six catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

No. 19: Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Total Points: 125

    Record: 6-2 (4-1 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Colorado, 48-14

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at UCLA

    Previous Ranking: 23

    Notes: Brock Osweiler threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as Arizona State beat Colorado 48-14 on Saturday night.

    Sun Devils running back Cameron Marshall ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns on just 15 carries as Arizona State got 522 yards of total offense.

No. 18: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Total Points: 131

    Record: 6-2 (5-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Florida, 24-20

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs New Mexico State

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Notes: Georgia's defense proved to be too much for Florida as the Bulldogs beat the Gators 24-20 on Saturday night in Jacksonville.

    Georgia's defense held Florida to -19 yards rushing and just 226 total yards.

No. 17: Michigan State Spartans

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    Total Points: 162

    Record: 6-2 (3-1 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 lost to Nebraska, 3-24

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs Minnesota

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Notes: Michigan State could not get anything done on the offensive side as they were held to just 187 total yards.

    Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins went 11-for-27 for 86 yards and threw an interception in the loss.

    Le'Veon Bell ran for 58 yards on 12 carries for Michigan State.

No. 15: Penn State Nittany Lions (Tie)

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    Total Points:174

    Record: 8-1 (5-0 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Illinois, 10-7

    Next Game: Nov. 12 vs Nebraska

    Previous Ranking: 20

    Notes: Penn State running back Silas Redd ran for 137 yards and a touchdown as Illinois' last-second field goal attempt bounced off the goal post giving Penn State a three point victory.

    The Nittany Lions got the win although they were held to just 206 total yards.

No. 15: Kansas State Wildcats (Tie)

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    Total Points: 174

    Record: 7-1 (4-1 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 lost to Oklahoma, 58-17

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Oklahoma State

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Notes: Kansas State kept it close for one half, down just 23-17, but had no answer for Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in the second half as the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season, 17-58.

    Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein had some success on the ground, rushing 26 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 14: Houston Cougars

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    Total Points: 206

    Record: 8-0 (4-0 C-USA)

    Last Game: Oct. 27 beat Rice, 73-34

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at UAB

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Notes: Case Keenum threw for 534 yards and nine touchdowns, yes nine, as Houston dismantled Rice 73-34 on Friday night.

    His fifth touchdown of the night broke the all time FBS record for most touchdown passes in a career with 135.

    The Cougars had 656 total yards.

No. 13: Michigan Wolverines

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    Total Points: 211

    Record: 7-1 (3-1 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Purdue, 36-14

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Iowa

    Previous Ranking: 17

    Notes: Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan blew out Purdue 36-14 on Saturday.

    Michigan racked up 535 yards of offense against Purdue, including 339 yards on the ground.

No. 12: Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Total Points: 245

    Record: 8-1 (4-1 ACC)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Duke, 14-10

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Georgia Tech

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Notes: Virginia Tech forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, as the Hokies shrugged off a poor performance to beat Duke, 14-10.

    David Wilson ran for 148 yards for the Hokies.

    This was the 44th consecutive loss for Duke when facing a ranked opponent.

No. 11: Clemson Tigers

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    Total Points: 247

    Record: 8-1 (5-1 ACC)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 lost to Georgia Tech, 17-31

    Next Game: Nov. 12 vs Wake Forest

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Notes: Tajh Boyd had 295 yards passing and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough to defeat Georgia Tech's triple option.

    Tiger's receiver Sammy Watkins caught 10 balls for 159 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

No. 10: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Total Points: 281

    Record: 7-1 (5-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Tennessee, 14-3

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Arkansas

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Notes: Brandon Wilds ran for 137 yards and Connor Shaw added 64 yards and a touchdown as South Carolina beat Tennessee 14-3.

    The Gamecocks held the Volunteers to just 186 total yards.

No. 9: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Total Points: 298

    Record: 7-1 (3-1 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Michigan State, 24-3

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs Northwestern

    Previous Ranking: 14

    Notes: Rex Burkhead ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns as Nebraska beat Michigan State 24-3 on Saturday.

    Burkhead also caught a 27-yard touchdown pass.

    The Cornhuskers limited the Spartans to just 187 total yards.

No. 8: Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Total Points: 319

    Record: 7-1 (3-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Vanderbilt, 31-28

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs South Carolina

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Notes: For the third time this year Arkansas had to come back from a double-digit deficit to win a game.  Vanderbilt had a chance to tie the game with eight seconds left, but the kick went wide right.

    Jerry Franklin returned a fumble recovery 94 yards to tie the game at 28 in the fourth quarter.

No. 7: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Total Points: 329

    Record: 7-1 (4-1 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Kansas State, 58-17

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs Texas A&M

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Notes: Landry Jones threw for 505 yards and five touchdowns as Oklahoma rolled over Kansas State 58-17.

    Ryan Broyles caught 14 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown for the Sooners.

No. 6: Oregon Ducks

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    Total Points: 360

    Record: 7-1 (5-0 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Washington State, 43-28

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Washington

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Notes: LaMichael James and Darron Thomas played together for the first time in a couple weeks and although they were a bit rusty, Oregon still was able to put up 43 points against Washington State.

    Thomas completed 8-of-13 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, but did throw two interceptions in the win.

    James ran for 55 yards on just 13 carries.

No. 5: Stanford Cardinal

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    Total Points: 383

    Record: 8-0 (6-0 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat USC, 56-48

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Oregon State

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Notes: It took three overtimes for Stanford to come away with a victory at USC on Saturday night.

    Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns as Stanford racked up 516 total yards.

    Luck also ran for 36 yards and added another touchdown on the ground.

    Stepfan Taylor ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford.

No. 4: Boise State Broncos

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    Total Points: 394 (1)

    Record: 7-0 (2-0 MWC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Air Force 37-26

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at UNLV

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Notes: Bye Week.

No. 3: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Total Points: 414 (1)

    Record: 8-0 (5-0 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 29 beat Baylor, 59-24

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs Kansas State

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Notes: Justin Blackmon caught 13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys destroyed Baylor 59-24.

    While Blackmon did his damage through the air, Joseph Randle did it on the ground, rushing for 152 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries.

No. 2: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Total Points: 430 (1)

    Record: 8-0 (5-0 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Tennessee, 37-6

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs LSU

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Notes: Bye week.

No. 1: LSU Tigers

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    Total Points: 445 (15)

    Record: 8-0 (5-0 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Auburn, 45-10

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Alabama

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Notes: Bye week.