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CFN Ranking Of Every Team - Week 9
Oregon RB LaMichael James
Oregon RB LaMichael James
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Posted Nov 1, 2009


LaMichael James and Oregon made a huge statement and moved way up in the rankings, but the bottom of the top 25 is hard to put together. Based on how good the teams appear to be at the moment, here's Week Nine of the CFN Rankings.

2009 CFN Rankings

Week 9, Oct. 31

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Week 9 Rankings, No. 26 to 120

1. Texas 8-0
Last Week: W, at Oklahoma State 41-14
Next Week: UCF
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Florida stepped up its game in a big-time rivalry battle against Georgia and could easily be up here. The Big 12 stinks, and it’s not that big a deal that Texas is rolling its way through it, but the level of play is stepping up to a high level. The run defense is No. 1 in America and the scoring offense is also on top.

2. Florida 8-0
Last Week: W, Georgia 41-17
Next Week: Vanderbilt
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Yes … that’s the Florida we’ve all been waiting to see. The defense was great, Tim Tebow played extremely well, and the Gators won easily in a nasty rivalry battle.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Georgia stinks. It’s not that big a deal to whip the Dawgs at the moment, and Alabama could easily be in the No. 2 spot, if not higher.

3. Alabama 8-0
Last Week: Didn’t Play This Week
Next Week: LSU
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tide is rested from its two weeks off and its ready for the big showdown against LSU. As shaky as some of the recent performances have been, Bama is still No. 2 in run defense and fourth in total D. The Tennessee win looks a lot better after the Vols blew out South Carolina.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The quarterback situation. Tebow, McCoy, McElroy … which of these things just doesn’t belong? With the way Oregon is playing at the moment, how confident would you be if the Tide had to go to Autzen (or if the Ducks travelled to Bama).

4. Oregon 7-1
Last Week: W, USC 47-20
Next Week: at Stanford
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Whoooooooo …. 391 rushing yards and four touchdowns, along with 222 passing yards, against USC. U … S … C. In several ways, that might have been the most dominant big game performance this year.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Beyond the weekly reminder of the Boise State loss, there’s not much to rip on. A case could be made that no one in America has played better over the last five weeks.

5. Iowa 9-0
Last Week: W, Indiana 42-24
Next Week: Northwestern
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Alright, there’s something to be said for mental toughness and the ability to come back from the abyss and for making magical things happen, but …
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: … you don’t have that many problems at home against Indiana. Yeah, Iowa turned the game around, but it got very, very lucky on a few plays, too (that was a touchdown and it shouldn’t have been overturned). The Michigan State close call looks worse now that the Spartans lost to Minnesota.

6. Georgia Tech 8-1
Last Week: W, at Vanderbilt 56-31
Next Week: Wake Forest
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: 404 rushing yards and six touchdowns against a strong Vanderbilt defense is nice, and no one’s going to stop this running game the rest of the year, but …
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: … Vanderbilt can’t score and it got 28 first half points. Yes, the Tech defense put the clamps down in the second half, but the D really isn’t that good.

7. Penn State 8-1
Last Week: W, at Northwestern 34-13
Next Week: Ohio State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Daryll Clark is playing as well as anyone in the Big Ten. The offensive line is getting better and better each week, but …
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: … the 34-13 win over Northwestern isn’t as good as it looked. It took a second half run to pull way in way too much of a struggle. The Nittany Lions can show they’re for real or will be exposed next week against Ohio State.

8. USC 6-2
Last Week: L, at Oregon 47-20
Next Week: at Arizona State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: It shouldn’t be. The Trojans are up this high mostly by brand name and potential, but the blasting at Oregon was ugly coming on the heels of a rough win over Oregon State and a near-miss against Notre Dame.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: You and ten friends could crank out yards on a Trojan D that suddenly decided that tackling isn’t important.

9. LSU 7-1
Last Week: W, Tulane 42-0
Next Week: at Alabama
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Yeah, it was only Tulane, but combine the win over the Green Wave with a win over an Auburn team that looked strong against Ole Miss, and LSU has won its last two games by a combined score of 73-10.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Tulane is awful. If LSU is the real deal, it battles well at Alabama. The Tigers can lose and not drop too much, if at all, but the team has to play better offensively than it did against Florida.

10. Cincinnati 8-0
Last Week: W, at Syracuse
Next Week: Connecticut
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even with a backup quarterback in, Cincinnati is still first in the nation in passing efficiency. The defense leads the nation in tackles for loss and is second in sacks. This is a scary-good aggressive team.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yawwwwwwwwn. Nice win over Syracuse after blowing out Louisville. The South Florida win looks better now, but the real work is still to come.

11. TCU 8-0
Last Week: W, UNLV 41-0
Next Week: at San Diego State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: While other teams are struggling and sputtering, TCU is dropping a hammer beating Colorado State, BYU, and UNLV over the last three weeks by a combined score of 123-13.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Beating BYU isn’t any big deal and Colorado State and UNLV are awful. The team might be humming at the right time, but is it really a top ten team? (The answer, actually, is yes … this ranking is too low.)

12. Oklahoma 5-3
Last Week: W, Kansas State 42-30
Next Week: at Nebraska
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The run defense had a few problems against Kansas State, but it’s still third in the nation. Landry Jones had a terrific game against the Wildcats, but …
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: … yeeeesh. Kansas State made it way too close and the OU defense suddenly looked mediocre. This is an inconsistent team that has to keep proving itself.

13. Ohio State 7-2
Last Week: W, New Mexico State 45-0
Next Week: at Penn State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Forget about the dominance over a miserable New Mexico State; the defense really is terrific. The Purdue loss a few weeks ago appears to be a total aberration.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Buckeyes lost to a Purdue team that just got shutout and blown out by Wisconsin. If OSU is for real, it shows up big next week at Penn State. Win at home, move up, beat Iowa, go to Pasadena. It’s that simple.

14. Wisconsin 6-2
Last Week: W, Purdue 37-0
Next Week: at Indiana
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: With two weeks off, Wisconsin looked revitalized and recharged after losing to Ohio State and Purdue. The offensive line appeared to be as healthy and as effective as it had all season long, and it showed with the running game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The passing attack still is a bit shaky after a rough few weeks and Purdue helped the cause with a ton of dropped passes. There’s still a prove-it factor; the best win is over Michigan State.

15. Boise State 8-0
Last Week: W, San Jose State 45-7
Next Week: at Louisiana Tech
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Boise State 19, Oregon 8 … Boise State 19, Oregon 8 … Boise State 19, Oregon 8. The Oregon team that just punked USC didn’t get a first down in the first half against the Broncos.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The close call to Tulsa looks miserable … miserable right now. If the Broncos blow away Idaho and Nevada over the next few weeks, then yes, they deserve to be much higher.

16. Oklahoma State 6-2
Last Week: L, Texas 41-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Losing to Texas right now is no big deal. Getting whacked by the No. 1 team in the nation, even at home, is no reason to drop.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The secondary will get ripped up by almost everyone. The Missouri win is the best of the season, and that includes the victory over Georgia. The Big 12 is awful; anything done in the conference this year has to be taken with a grain of salt.

17. Notre Dame 6-2
Last Week: W, Washington State 40-14
Next Week: Navy
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Golden Tate might be the best receiver in America and the passing game continues to hum. The Irish did what it was supposed to do against a bad Washington State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: How bad does the Michigan loss look now? After close calls with Purdue and Michigan State, who also don’t appear to be that big a deal, the Irish have to come up with a win over a strong team at some point. The next chance is at Pitt in a few weeks.

18. California 6-2
Last Week: W, at California 23-21
Next Week: Oregon State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Winning at Arizona State is better than it might appear. The offense has picked it back up again while the defense has settled down a bit over the last few weeks.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The secondary is playing as bad as any in America. Part of it is because most teams need to bomb away to keep up the pace, but part of it is because the secondary is struggling. Watch out for Oregon State and Nick Foles’ Arizona team over the next few weeks.

19. Houston 7-1
Last Week: W, Southern Miss 50-43
Next Week: at Tulsa
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Case Keenum threw for 559 yards and five scores, and the running game tore off 191 yards and a score … do you want to deal with this offense at the moment? Oh yeah, and there’s that little matter of a win at Oklahoma State, but …
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: … Southern Miss cranked out 360 passing yards and three touchdowns, along with 248 rushing yards and three scores. Don’t you want to deal with this defense at the moment? The UTEP loss looks more and more miserable by the week, and it offsets the win over Oklahoma State.

20. Pitt 7-1
Last Week: Didn’t Play This Week
Next Week: Syracuse
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Very quietly, this is one of the nation’s hottest teams. The obliteration of South Florida looks nice now after the Bulls rumbled past West Virginia. Pitt leads the nation in sacks.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The NC State loss is an anchor that will keep weighing the ranking down until Pitt proves itself. Notre Dame, at West Virginia, and Cincinnati are coming up after Syracuse.

21. Tennessee 4-4
Last Week: W, South Carolina 31-13
Next Week: Memphis
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Vols are playing well at the right time. After the loss to Auburn, Tennessee blew away Georgia, pushed Alabama to the wall, and whacked a good South Carolina team. The defense is rocking and the O is playing well.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It shouldn’t be. The ranking is this low based on the early part of the season, but Tennessee is playing like a top 15 team.

22. South Carolina 6-3
Last Week: L, at Tennessee 31-13
Next Week: at Arkansas
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: It shouldn’t be. With two losses and close wins over Kentucky and Vanderbilt over the last four games, this is a gift of a ranking.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The best win, Ole Miss, doesn’t appear to be any big whoop, while the loss to Georgia is looking worse and worse. Do you really think the Gamecocks will win at Arkansas next week?

23. North Carolina 5-3
Last Week: W, at Virginia Tech 20-17
Next Week: Duke
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The win over Virginia Tech might be a program-changer. The defense stopped the Hokie offense and showed the talent and athleticism that everyone has been waiting to see unleashed.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Call this a one-week wonder. The ranking is based on the belief that the team will finally play up to its overall potential, but the résumé is rocky. Watch out for Duke next week.

24. Virginia Tech 5-3
Last Week: L, North Carolina 20-17
Next Week: at East Carolina
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: If Ryan Williams doesn’t fumble the ball Virginia Tech probably beats the Tar Heels and is still in the hunt for the ACC title. The defense is still strong and the ground game, even with the problems against UNC.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Is beating Miami that big a deal? Is beating Nebraska anything to get excited about? If this really is a top 15 team, it blows through its last four games (at East Carolina, at Maryland, NC State, at Virginia) without breaking a sweat.

25. Auburn 6-3
Last Week: W, Ole Miss 33-20
Next Week: Furman
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers might have just stopped their slide. It took one big win over Ole Miss to get back up this high, but …
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: … it’s a wait-and-see ranking. The ugly three-game losing streak with a home loss to Kentucky is still too fresh. Auburn will whack Furman, but it has to be strong against a weak Georgia team to stay in the top 25.

Week 9 Rankings, No. 26 to 120