College Football Top 40, Week 9: Clemson, Kansas State Stumble

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College Football Top 40, Week 9: Clemson, Kansas State Stumble
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For the second consecutive week, the ranks of the unbeatens in the Football Bowl Subdivision were culled by two.

This week, it was Clemson and Kansas State who took their first losses of the season. The Tigers lost at Georgia Tech 31-17 and the Wildcats were absolutely hammered in the second half at home by an angry Oklahoma team, 58-17.

That leaves six teams with perfect records: Alabama, Boise State, Houston, LSU, Oklahoma State and Stanford.

It was an eventful week, with teams taking inexplicable losses—I’m looking at you, Texas Tech—and conference standings getting shuffled. Clemson remained in the driver’s seat in the ACC Atlantic thanks to North Carolina’s win over Wake Forest. Virginia Tech survived a scare from Duke and stayed a half game ahead of Georgia Tech in the ACC Coastal.

Oklahoma State demolished Baylor and now has sole possession of the Big 12 lead. Texas A&M’s conference title hopes all but disappeared with another second-half collapse, this one at home to Missouri, before losing to the Tigers in overtime.

Cincinnati took a week off and let the Big East shake itself out, with West Virginia, Louisville and Pittsburgh winning staying in the chase with one conference loss each.

Penn State controls its own destiny in the Big Ten Leaders Division, holding a 5-0 mark in a division in which everyone else has at least two losses. However, the Nittany Lions still have to play two of those two-loss teams, with trips to Wisconsin and Ohio State ahead. Nebraska scrambled the Legends race by stopping Michigan State, leaving the Cornhuskers, Spartans and Wolverines with 3-1 records.

Stanford survived USC and remains on a collision course with Oregon in the Pac-12 North while Arizona State holds a one-game lead over UCLA in the South.

South Carolina won at Tennessee for just the second time ever to remain tied with Georgia atop the SEC East, but the Gamecocks hold a head-to-head win over the Bulldogs. Alabama and LSU took the week off before next week’s SEC West showdown in Tuscaloosa.

Four teams dropped out of the rankings this week. Miami (No. 33 last week) lost at home to Virginia, SMU (No. 36) got hammered at Tulsa, Syracuse (No. 38) lost at Louisville and Florida (No. 40) dropped its fourth straight game, losing to Georgia at Jacksonville, Fla.

This week’s rankings follow.

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