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College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 9)

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Benny Snell, Kentucky Wildcats 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 2018 season was headlined by Georgia's win over Florida in Jacksonville, Kentucky's comeback victory over Missouri and upsets by Oklahoma State (Texas), Arizona (Oregon) and California (Washington). Alabama was off in Week 9 and remains the clear No. 1 team going into Week 10. Clemson checks in at No. 2 after beating Florida State, while Notre Dame remains No. 3 after defeating Navy in San Diego. The top 25 has a handful of new teams this week, including Houston, Fresno State and Utah State. With the ninth week of the 2018 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 9)

1. Alabama (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Bye Week

Alabama’s biggest test of the 2018 season takes place next Saturday in Baton Rouge against LSU.

2. Clemson (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Florida State

Clemson has won its last three games by a combined score of 163-20.

3. Notre Dame (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Navy

Navy’s defense had no answers for Notre Dame’s one-two punch of Ian Book (QB) and Dexter Williams (RB).

4. Michigan (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Bye Week

If Michigan beats Penn State next Saturday, the Wolverines should be 10-1 going into the finale at Ohio State.

5. LSU (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Bye Week

Can the Tigers find a way to slow down Alabama’s offense and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa?

6. Georgia (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Florida

Jake Fromm rebounds from shaky performance at LSU to guide Georgia to win over Florida.

7. Oklahoma (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Kansas State

Sooners roll over Kansas State, and loss by Texas at Oklahoma State lifts Lincoln Riley’s team back as the top-ranked team from the Big 12.

8. Ohio State (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Bye Week

Did the bye week help the Buckeyes find answers on defense and how to spark the running game?

9. UCF (7-0)

Week 9 Result: Bye Week

Will quarterback McKenzie Milton be healthy and ready to go for Thursday’s game against Temple?

10. Kentucky (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Missouri

Wild second-half comeback against Missouri sets up showdown for SEC East title against Georgia next Saturday.

11. Washington State (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Stanford

Gardner Minshew’s standout performance helps Cougars knock off Stanford and entrench their place atop the Pac-12 North.

12. Florida (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Georgia

Gators simply made too many mistakes and couldn’t make enough plays in the passing game in Saturday’s loss to Georgia.

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13. Penn State (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Iowa

Nittany Lions overcome slow start and special teams mistakes to beat Iowa.

14. Texas (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Oklahoma State

Longhorns stumble in Stillwater but still control their destiny for a trip to the Big 12 title game.

15. Utah (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated UCLA

Utah’s defense is strong as usual, but coach Kyle Whittingham’s offense has scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games.

16. Texas A&M (5-3)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Mississippi State

The Aggies’ defense struggled to stop Mississippi State’s passing game, while the offense managed only 61 rushing yards in Saturday night’s loss.

17. Iowa (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Penn State

Late interception in red zone proves costly, as Hawkeyes unable to overcome sluggish second-half performance on offense in loss to Penn State.

18. Iowa State (4-3)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Texas Tech

Cyclones defense did not allow Texas Tech’s offense to have a drive longer than 31 yards over the final six possessions.

19. West Virginia (6-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Baylor

Mountaineers rebounded from loss to Iowa State by posting a dominant win over Baylor on Thursday night.

20. Syracuse (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated NC State

The Orange are bowl eligible for the first time under coach Dino Babers.

21. Fresno State (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Hawaii

Bulldogs play at UNLV in Week 10, but coach Jeff Tedford’s team has looming showdowns against Boise State and San Diego State.

22. Utah State (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated New Mexico

Quarterback Jordan Love has tossed at least four touchdown passes in three out of his last four games.

23. Virginia (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated North Carolina

Are the Cavaliers the team to beat in the ACC Coastal?

24. Texas Tech (5-3)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Iowa State

Both of Texas Tech’s Big 12 losses came by nine points or less.

25. Houston (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated USF

D’Eriq King throws five touchdowns and adds two on the ground to lead Cougars to 57-36 victory in AAC showdown.