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LAist-CS Week 9 Rankings: Not Too Upset
So it wasn’t quite the bloodletting that it was predicted to be, but there was enough to make things interesting. I’ll just shut up and present the rankings.
1. Oregon Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-10) - USC fans left and right said the Ducks haven’t been tested this season. Um, Stanford? But I’ll admit that USC put up a good fight that surpassed my expectation of a 56-20 game. Last week: 1
2. TCU Horned Frogs (9-0, 5-0 Mountain West) - The Froggies did what they were supposed to do and shut down Vegas. But they have a HUGE task in front them when they head to Utah next week. Last week: 3
3. Auburn Tigers (9-0, 6-0 SEC) - Their 51-31 beating of Ole Miss made me somewhat of a believer for now. They get two byes with games at home against Chattanooga and Georgia before heading to Bama for the Iron Bowl. Last week: 4
4. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 SEC) - They got a week off to prepare to head to Baton Rouge for the Bayou Bengals. Last week: 5.
5. Utah Utes (8-0, 5-0 Mountain West) - They went to a good Air Force team and beat them 28-23. They host No. 2 TCU next week which should determine who goes to the BCS Championship Game. Last week: 6
6. Boise State Broncos (7-0, 3-0 WAC) - I’m sorry. They didn’t look good against Louisiana Tech. They look primed for an upset next week when Hawaii visits the smurf turf. Last week: 2
7. Stanford Cardinal (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) - They’re the first Pac-10 team since USC that actually crushed Washington State. Unfortunately, they only beat Washington State. Last week: 7
8. Wisconsin Badgers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) - They also had sleepy time this week. I know they lost to Michigan State, but I don’t think Spartie can duplicate that effort. Last week: 10
9. LSU Tigers (7-1, 4-1 SEC) - Another sleepy team. They got to lick their wounds after losing to the other Tigers. Now they get the other Alabama school who will also come off a bye week. Last week: 11
10. Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) - Finally, a team that exposed Michigan State. They have two tough games at Northwestern and at home against Ohio State on consecutive weeks. It’s a good thing they can rest a little at Indiana next week. Last week: 13
11. Arizona Wildcats (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) - Arizona has a bad habit of keeping teams close. It bit them once at Oregon State. They can’t do it next week at Stanford. Last week: 12
12. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) - I’ll admit it - I might be underselling this team. But until I see them at Iowa, I won’t change my mind. Last week: 14
13. Arkansas Razorbacks (6-2, 3-2 SEC) - Ryan Mallett continues to roll. A nice dominating win against Vandy should tune them up for their showdown at South Carolina. Last week: 15
14. Michigan State Spartans (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) - Wow they looked bad at Iowa. They looked Minnesota bad there. Yeesh. Well at least that’s who they’ll be playing next week. Last week: 8
15. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 SEC) - They had troubles with Tennessee. It’s not going to get any easier next week with Arkansas visiting and then having to go to Gainesville to visit the Gators. Last week: 16
16. Missouri Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) - They’re imposters, but people are going to keep on believing in them as they steamroll into the Big 12 Championship Game. Last week: 9
BCS Championship Game: Oregon Ducks vs. TCU Horned Frogs
Sugar Bowl: Auburn Tigers vs. Stanford Cardinal
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Syracuse Orange
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Utah Utes
Fiesta Bowl: Missouri Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
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