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College football rankings 2017: AP Poll Top 25 projections after Week 9 – Landof10.com

AP Poll Top 25 rankings will look different after Week 9 games. No. 25 Iowa State shocked No. 4 TCU, 14-7. No. 6 Ohio State and QB J.T. Barrett beat No. 2 Penn State, 39-38. Arizona routed No. 15 Washington State, 58-37.

Before the new poll is out Sunday, Land of 10 predicts where teams will be ranked in the AP Poll Top 25 rankings for Week 10.

AP Poll: Projections for college football rankings after Week 9

Dropped out: No. 17 South Florida, No. 22 West Virginia.

25. Arizona (6-2)

24. LSU (6-2)

23. Mississippi State (6-2)

22. Washington State (7-2)

21. Michigan State (6-2)

20. Memphis (7-1)

19. NC State (6-2)

18. Stanford (6-2)

17. USC (7-2)

16. Auburn (6-2)

15. Iowa State (6-2)

14. UCF (7-0)

13. Virginia Tech (7-1)

12. Washington (7-1)

11. Oklahoma State (7-1)

10. TCU (7-1)

Yuck. The Horned Frogs fall from the collection of unbeaten teams with a 14-7 loss to Iowa State. QB Kenny Hill struggled, going 12-for-25 passing for 135 yards and 2 interceptions. But TCU has good company, as Iowa State previously beat Oklahoma on the road earlier in the season.

9. Oklahoma (7-1)

Baker Mayfield and the Sooners beat Texas Tech, 49-27. Mayfield passed for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns while adding another score on the ground. Plus, with TCU losing to Iowa State, the Sooners can be the highest-ranked Big 12 team on Sunday. Even better, the Iowa State loss from earlier now looks better with the Cyclones beating No. 4 TCU. But the big plus is Ohio State. The Sooners beat Ohio State, 31-16, earlier in the season. On Saturday, that win looks even better after the Buckeyes beat No. 2 Penn State.

8. Miami (7-0)

The Hurricanes always make it interesting. Malik Rosier had a big game as Miami held off now 1-8 North Carolina, 24-19. Rosier passed for 356 yards and 3 touchdowns to keep the Hurricanes undefeated. But Miami has plenty to fix before a brutal two-game that starts next week: Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

7. Clemson (7-1)

Georgia Tech is always a dangerous opponent to prepare for, but the Tigers defense stood tall, allowing 230 total yards. Clemson QB Kelly Bryant also returned after an injury in the loss to Syracuse. Bryant had 207 passing yards and two touchdowns to go with 67 yards on the ground.

6. Penn State (7-1)

The Nittany Lions will drop from No. 2 after the tough loss to Ohio State. Star RB Saquon Barkley took the opening kick back for a touchdown and Penn State led by 18 points, but the defense couldn’t stop Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett. The defending Big Ten champions will now need help to return to the conference title game, as Ohio State is unbeaten in conference play.

5. Notre Dame (7-1)

Another impressive win for the Irish. Playing No. 14 NC State, Notre Dame won big, 35-14. RB Josh Adams had a huge performance, rushing for 202 yards and 1 touchdown on 27 attempts. Notre Dame picked up 318 yards on the ground as a team while QB Brandon Wimbush did more than enough by passing for two scores.

4. Wisconsin (8-0)

It wasn’t pretty, but as other contenders fell, the Badgers should gladly take another win. Wisconsin beat Illinois 24-10, even though star freshman RB Jonathan Taylor left the game with a left leg injury.

3. Ohio State (7-1)

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett had the game of his life, bringing the Buckeyes back from an 18-point deficit to beat No. 2 Penn State, 39-38. Barrett was 33-for-39 passing for 328 yards, 4 touchdowns through the air. The senior also had 17 carries for 95 yards. Barrett is now clearly back in the Heisman discussion.

2. Georgia (8-0)

No upset here. The Bulldogs destroyed rival Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., 42-7. Sony Michel rushed for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 6 carries while Nick Chubb added 77 yards and a touchdown. The Gators struggled on offense, going 10-for-25 passing for 66 yards and 1 touchdown.

1. Alabama (8-0)

Alabama didn’t play this week, so the Crimson Tide got to see top-5 teams Penn State and TCU both go down with conference losses. Now fellow SEC foe Georgia is likely the new No. 2 team. It’s looking like 12-0 Alabama could be facing 12-0 Georgia in Atlanta in the SEC Championship Game.

For reference, here was the AP Poll Top 25 rankings for Week 9:

AP Poll Top 25 college football rankings for Week 9

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 74, Michigan 60, Mississippi State 43, San Diego State 7, Georgia Tech 5, South Carolina 2, Marshall 1, Toledo 1.

AP Poll Top 25 schedule for Week 9

  • No. 6 Ohio State 39, No. 2 Penn Sate 38
  • No. 3 Georgia 42, Georgia 7
  • No. 25 Iowa State 14, No. 4 TCU 7
  • No. 5 Wisconsin 24, Illinois 10
  • No. 7 Clemson 24, Georgia Tech 10
  • No. 8 Miami 24, North Carolina 19
  • No. 9 Notre Dame 35, No. 14 NC State 14
  • No. 10 Oklahoma 49, Texas Tech 27
  • No. 11 Oklahoma State 50, No. 22 West Virginia 39
  • No. 12 Washington 44, UCLA 23
  • No. 13 Virginia Tech 24, Duke 3
  • Arizona 58, No. 15 Washington State 37
  • Northwestern 39, No. 16 Michigan State 31 (3OT)
  • Houston 28, No. 17 South Florida 24
  • No. 18 UCF 73, Austin Peay 33
  • No. 20 Stanford 15, Oregon State 14
  • No. 21 USC 48, Arizona State 17
  • No. 24 Memphis 56, Tulane 26

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