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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 9)

Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma Sooners Football

Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma Sooners Football

Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The ninth weekend of the 2020 season was headlined Michigan State's upset of Michigan, Clemson's comeback victory over Boston College and Ohio State's win at Penn State. Additionally, Week 9 saw Georgia, Alabama and Texas A&M earn victories in league play, Notre Dame remain undefeated after beating Georgia Tech and Texas eliminate Oklahoma State from the ranks of the unbeaten. Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia take the top four spots, with Notre Dame at No. 5 and Texas A&M at No. 6 in the post-Week 9 top 25 rankings. With the ninth week of the 2020 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings

1. Clemson (7-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Boston College

Trevor Lawrence was missed, but D.J. Uiagalelei had a strong performance in his first career start. Clemson’s defense stepped up in the second half and did not allow a point after surrendering 28 in the first two quarters.

2. Alabama (6-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Mississippi State

Alabama’s defense pitched its first shutout since the 2018 season, while the Mac Jones to DeVonta Smith connection was firing on all cylinders in an easy 41-0 win over Mississippi State.

3. Ohio State (2-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Penn State

Penn State was supposed to be the toughest test for Ohio State in the regular season, but coach Ryan Day’s squad was in full control from the opening snap and left Happy Valley with a 38-25 win.

4. Georgia (4-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Kentucky

Bulldogs earned a hard-fought win at Kentucky, but injuries on defense and offensive questions remain going into showdown against Florida.

5. Notre Dame (6-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech

The Fighting Irish crossed their final hurdle – a win over Georgia Tech – before the huge showdown against Clemson next week.

6. Texas A&M (4-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Arkansas

Texas A&M’s offensive line dominated, while Kellen Mond (21 of 26 for 260 yards) was sharp in the win over Arkansas.

7. Florida (3-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Missouri

The Gators had some rust and were shorthanded on defense but handled Missouri 41-17 to set up huge matchup against Georgia next week.

8. Cincinnati (5-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Memphis

Memphis and SMU – two of the top Group of 5 offenses – were held to just two combined touchdowns against Cincinnati’s defense.  

9. Miami (5-1)

Week 9 Result: No Game

The Hurricanes were off in Week 9 and return to action next Friday at NC State.

10. Oregon (0-0)

Week 9 Result: No Game

The Ducks open their 2020 season against Stanford next Saturday.

11. Wisconsin (1-0)

Week 9 Result: No Game

Due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program, Wisconsin was unable to play Nebraska in Week 9. The Badgers matchup against Purdue next Saturday is in jeopardy as well.

12. BYU (7-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated WKU

Zach Wilson adds four more touchdowns to his prolific 2020 resume in 41-10 win over WKU. Up next: A massive showdown against Boise State on Friday night.

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13. Oklahoma State (4-1)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Texas

Oklahoma State outgained Texas 530 to 287, but four turnovers allowed Texas to hang around and find a way to win in overtime.

14. Indiana (2-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Rutgers

No letdown for the Hoosiers after last week’s upset over Penn State, as coach Tom Allen’s team beat Rutgers 37-21.

15. Iowa State (4-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Kansas

Running back Breece Hall has rushed for at least 100 yards in all six of Iowa State’s games this season.

16. Oklahoma (4-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Texas Tech

Bad news for the rest of the Big 12: The Sooners are getting better every week.  

17. SMU (6-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Navy

Mustangs handle Navy 51-37 to rebound from last week’s loss against Cincinnati.

18. Coastal Carolina (6-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Georgia State

Total domination is the best way to sum up Coastal Carolina’s win over Georgia State. Quarterback Grayson McCall returned from injury to record 269 total yards and five scores.

19. Marshall (5-0)

Week 9 Result: No Game

The Thundering Herd’s game against FIU on Friday night was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Marshall will return to action on Nov. 7 against UMass. 

20. Boise State (2-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Air Force

Jack Sears (17 of 20 for 280 yards and three touchdowns) was sharp in relief of Hank Bachmeier in Saturday’s win at Air Force. The Broncos have a huge test up next against BYU.

21. USC (0-0)

Week 9 Result: No Game

The Trojans open their 2020 season against Arizona State next Saturday.

22. North Carolina (4-2)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Virginia

Tar Heels averaged 8.8 yards per play but it wasn’t enough to beat Virginia.

23. Auburn (4-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated LSU

Bo Nix delivered a big-time performance (381 total yards and four scores) in Auburn’s blowout win over LSU.

24. Michigan (1-1)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Michigan State

Rivalry games often bring out the best in both teams, but Saturday’s defeat to Michigan State might be the worst loss of Jim Harbaugh’s tenure.

25. Virginia Tech (4-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Louisville

Hendon Hooker was perfect (10 for 10 through the air), but the Hokies’ ground game pounded Louisville’s shorthanded defense for 283 yards in a 42-35 win.