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Top 25 Week Nine: From an Oregon Perspective

Fletcher JohnsonCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Jordan Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns runs with a pass against the Colorado Buffaloes on October 10, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 38-14.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

1. Texas

The Longhorns take their turn at the top with an impressive win over Missouri. Texas' run game is struggling to do anything, but the defense and quarterback Colt McCoy are tough to stop.

2. Florida

The Gators ended a four-game road losing streak to Mississippi State, but the defense that returned everyone does not look impressive.

3. USC

USC jumps Alabama because most of the country thinks the Beavers aren't any good. How long will it take for the country to recognize this?

4. Alabama

The Crimson Tide barely beat the Volunteers at home, and unlike the Beavers, Tennessee is not a Top-15 football team.

5. TCU

The Horned Frogs got an impressive win against BYU in Provo, but they stay at No. 5.

6. Cincinnati

No Tony Pike, no problem.

7. Oregon

The Ducks dominated the Huskies, the same Husky team that beat USC. Interesting storyline for this weekend's matchup.

8. Boise State

The Broncos have dropped in the BCS from fourth to seventh. If Oregon beats USC, they might just drop below Boise State.

9. Louisiana State

The Tigers actually showed some signs of offense and will play Alabama before the end of the season. LSU is one of the only teams who could control their destiny.

10. Iowa

A two-point win at Michigan State is not impressive. Iowa moves up a couple spots, but still is not as good as the unbeatens and some of the one-loss teams.

11. Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets beat Virginia in a monsoon bowl. That triple option offense is tough to prepare for, and Georgia Tech controls their destiny in the ACC Coastal.

12. Virginia Tech

The Hokies remain a dangerous team but are stuck hoping someone can knock off the Yellow Jackets.

13. Oklahoma State

The Pokes could get a big boost if they can beat Texas this week.

14. Penn State

The Nittany Lions are in the same situation as Virginia Tech, left hoping Iowa will drop not one, but two games. Ohio State is one possibility, but the other one will be hard to find.

15. Utah

After looking mediocre early, the Utes have played well. Brigham Young and TCU remain on the schedule.

16. Houston

The Cougars should win Conference USA, and belong in the Top 20 after wins earlier in the year against Texas Tech and at Oklahoma State.

17. Pittsburgh

Don't look now, but the Big East isn't half bad this year. They are led by Pitt and quarterback Bill Stull. Boy that Sun Bowl game against Oregon State seems like forever ago.

18. Ohio State

Terrelle Pryor still doesn't look that great, but it seems Coach Jim Tressel tried to use Pryor in a more effective way, but hitting receivers with no one within 15 yards of them doesn't prove that much.

19. Arizona

How surprising are the Wildcats? Sophomore Nick Foles looks to be the real deal, but cooled off this week by throwing three picks. They look like the third best team in the conference.

20. Central Michigan

The Chippewas stay in the Top 25 after a 24-10 win over Bowling Green. They get Boston College next, and the possibility of a win over a decent ACC team.

21. West Virginia

The Mountaineers pulled out an impressive win in an emotional game against Connecticut.

22. Navy

The Midshipmen have looked good and have Notre Dame coming up on the schedule.

23. South Carolina

The Gamecocks have a stout defense and will be competitive in what might be Steve Spurrier's last season as coach.

24. Oklahoma

The Sooners re-enter the rankings with a big win over Kansas on the road.

25. California

The Cal Bears have recovered nicely and should have better talent than just about everyone else left on their schedule.

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