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Game Changer Sports Network Top 25- Week 9

  1. Ohio State (7-0)
  • Week 8: win @Northeastern 52-3
  • Week 8 ranking: 2
  • Breakdown: I feel like this spot is going to flip flop between LSU and Ohio State until the Tigers showdown with Alabama. Right now, it belongs to Ohio State. Offense, defense, it doesn’t matter. The Buckeyes are sick.
  • Week 9: vs. Wisconsin, 10/26 12:00pm

2. LSU (7-0)

  • Week 8: win @Mississippi State 38-13
  • Week 8 ranking: 1
  • Breakdown: For a quarter, it looked like LSU would struggle with Mississippi State. Then Joe Burrow happened. 4 touchdowns adds to his season total of 29 touchdowns. With the injury to Tua, it seems like the Heisman is Burrow’s to lose.
  • Week 9: vs. Auburn 10/26 3:30pm

3. Alabama (7-0)

  • Week 8: win vs Tennessee 35-13
  • Week 8 ranking: 3
  • Breakdown: Bama fans should be worried. They did not look great against Tennessee despite the 22 point win. If Tua is out for LSU, can Mac Jones lead the team to where they want to go? Of course, the NFL receiving core is still there. Maybe we will see just how much of this offense was because of Tua.
  • Week 9: vs. Arkansas 10/26 7:00pm

4. Oklahoma (7-0)

  • Week 6: win vs. West Virginia 52-14
  • Week 6 ranking: 4
  • Breakdown: Saturday marked the sixth time in seven games that Jalen Hurts accounted for four of more touchdowns on his own. Wait what?! That’s a ridiculous statistic. The only game he didn’t? In the Sooners’ 70-14 win over South Dakota when Hurts was out by the third quarter.
  • Week 9: @Kansas State 10/26 12:00pm

5. Clemson (7-0)

  • Week 8: win @Louisville 45-10
  • Week 8 ranking: 6
  • Breakdown: What’s going on with Trevor Lawrence? He threw two picks again on Saturday bringing his season total up to eight a year after only throwing four as a freshman. He’s throwing off his back foot and across his body which is leading to bad things. Still, even with Lawrence playing poorly, there probably isn’t anyone on their remaining schedule who can compete with them based on talent alone.
  • Week 9: vs Boston College, 10/26 7:30pm

6. Penn State (7-0)

  • Week 8: win vs. Michigan 28-21
  • Week 8 ranking: 7
  • Breakdown: It seemed like Penn State was going to blow out Michigan at the beginning of their game on Saturday. They didn’t, and the Wolverines had a chance to tie at the end. Regardless, the Lions moved to 4-0 in the conference and slot receiver KJ Hamler continues to be one of the toughest matchup problems in the country.
  • Week 9: @Michigan State, 10/26 3:30pm

7. Florida (7-1)

  • Week 8: win @ South Carolina 38-27
  • Week 8 ranking: 8
  • Breakdown: Saturday was a game I’d bet most mediocre teams lose. The weather was awful and the Gators had just come off playing two emotional games in a row. Granted South Carolina was coming off their biggest win in probably a decade but their return home should’ve gotten the players to feed off the crowd. The Gators wouldn’t allow that. Kyle Trask threw for four touchdowns in the win.
  • Week 9: bye

8. Oregon (6-1)

  • Week 8: win @Washington 35-31
  • Week 8 ranking: 11
  • Breakdown: It’s indescribable how big of a win Oregon had over Washington. The Huskies were playing for their season and the Ducks had the weight of the conference and playoff contention on their shoulders on the road. Sure, Washington is one of the most inconstant teams in the country, but they played well on Saturday. Oregon was just a little better. The three headed attack of Cyrus Habibi-Likio, Travis Dye, and CJ Verdell combined with sure-fire first round QB Justin Herbert are enough to put fear in any defense. They passed what might have been their hardest test on their quest to the final four.
  • Week 9: vs. Washington State, 10/26 10:30pm

9. Notre Dame (5-1)

  • Week 8: bye
  • Week 8 ranking: 9
  • Breakdown: We are going to learn a lot about Notre Dame this week. Michigan played with a sense of urgency towards the end of the Penn State game giving them a chance to tie it on the road. It won’t be easy for the Irish to win there. But, as we have seen, Big Blue has some issues particularly on offense. If the Irish can move the football and score points, they should win. If they don’t win, it won’t be a terrible loss, it just won’t be a good look.
  • Week 9: @Michigan, 10/26 7:30pm

10. Auburn (6-1)

  • Week 8: win @Arkansas 51-10
  • Week 8: ranking: 10
  • Breakdown: Yes, I know Bo Nix bounced back with 3 touchdowns and no INTs and I also know I have them two spots below Oregon who they beat in the regular season opener. But, at this stage, they’re just not as complete of a team as the Ducks and I’m still worried about how Auburn is going to score against good defenses. Arkansas and Texas A&M don’t count.
  • Week 9: @LSU, 10/26 3:30pm

11. Utah (6-1)

  • Week 8: win vs. Arizona State 21-3
  • Week 8 ranking: 13
  • Breakdown: In a game that may have determined the winner of the Pac 12 South, Utah put their clamps down on the division. Since the USC loss, they’ve played like the team many of us expected they would coming into the season. Bradlee Anae had one less sack (three) than Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels did completions (four).
  • Week 9: vs. Cal, 10/26 10:00pm

12. Wisconsin (6-1)

  • Week 8: loss @Illinois 23-24
  • Week 8 ranking: 5
  • Breakdown: Wisconsin fell victim to the biggest upset of the college football season when they lost to Illinois after being a 31 point favorite. Despite only scoring 23 points, Wisconsin wasn’t that bad offensively recording 400 yards of total offense. But, they didn’t make plays on either side of the ball when it mattered most allowing the Illini to stay in the game and eventually win it on a field goal. Wisconsin’s college football playoff hopes now rely on a trip to Columbus and a lot of other teams losing.
  • Week 9: @Ohio State, 10/26 12:00pm

13. Georgia (6-1)

  • Week 8: win vs. Kentucky 21-0
  • Week 8 ranking: 12
  • Breakdown: It feels like every game we are all just waiting for the light to turn on for the Georgia offense. But they’re through seven games and that just hasn’t happened yet and frankly that’s inexcusable able. Being tied with Kentucky at halftime in Athens would be like losing to South Carolina at home. Will Georgia ever be able to use the fact that they have a double headed monster at running back and mean offensive line to their advantage?
  • Week 9: bye

14. Baylor (7-0)

  • Week 8: win @Oklahoma State 45-27
  • Week 8 ranking: 17
  • Breakdown: Baylor is playing themselves into the Big 12 title game and relevancy. It’s getting pretty hard to ignore the Bears. Most people who followed college football saw the Bears at 4-0 or 5-0 and thought they would stumble against a team like Texas Tech (looking at you Oklahoma State) or Kansas State. Neither happened. The Bears attack was extremely balanced on Saturday accumulating 536 yards on offense with 312 through the air and 224 on the ground.
  • Week 9: bye

15. SMU (7-0)

  • Week 8: win vs. Temple 45-21
  • Week 8 ranking: 18
  • Breakdown: SMU is another team that survived a huge test with flying colors this past week over Temple. Temple, who have beaten then undefeated Memphis the week prior was stuffed into a locker by the Mustangs to the tune of a 24 point loss. With Boise State going down and everyone else in the American having a loss, it appears the spot in the New Year’s Six bowl is SMU’s to lose.
  • Week 9: bye

16. Minnesota (7-0)

  • Week 8: win @Rutgers 42-7
  • Week 8 ranking: 21
  • Breakdown: A trip halfway across the country to New Jersey did not slow the Golden Gophers down. Minnesota is 4-0 in the Big 10 outscoring opponents 154 to 62 over that stretch. Sure, the four wins may be against the four worst teams in the conference with the lone exemption of Northwestern who they meet in November. They have one more tuneup with Maryland before their first major test of the year takes place when they welcome Penn State to Minneapolis.
  • Week 9: vs. Maryland, 10/26 3:30pm

17. Michigan (5-2)

  • Week 8: loss @Penn State 21-28
  • Week 8 ranking: 14
  • Breakdown: Yeah, I know Michigan lost and I know they have won just one game against teams that were favored against them under Jim Harbaugh. But, Saturday night they showed some fight which I certainly didn’t see against Wisconsin. If it wasn’t for a drop in the endzone, the game would’ve went into overtime. There are certainly no moral victories and even if there were Saturday would’ve been far from it. But at least this Michigan team has fight.

18. Cincinnati (6-1)

  • Week 8: win vs. Tulsa 24-13
  • Week 8 ranking: 22
  • breakdown: the Bearcats moved to 3-0 in the conference after forcing five turnovers in a win over Tulsa. Like SMU, Cincinnati essentially controls their own destiny for a New Years’ Six Bowl as they’ll square off against the Mustangs in a potential American Championship game with the winner likely being the highest ranked non-power 5 school.
  • Week 9: bye

19. Texas (5-2)

  • Week 8: win vs. Kansas 50-48
  • Week 8 ranking: 16
  • Breakdown: I was pretty high on Texas after their loss against LSU. I thought they showed a valiant effort against a good team. The loss to Oklahoma was more concerning, despite how lethal the Sooners are. But this game against Kansas has really made me question the Longhorns. Does this team have any semblance of a defense? Against power 5 schools, they have allowed at least 30 points in all of them. That is a formula for a lot of losses.
  • Week 9: @TCU, 10/26 3:30pm

20. Appalachian State (6-0)

  • Week 8: win vs Louisiana-Monroe 52-7
  • Week 8 ranking: 24
  • Breakdown: The Mountaineers hold onto a spot in the top 25 after crushing Louisiana-Monroe. With the exception of their three point win against UNC, App State has won every game by ten points or more. They’ve averaged 42.8 points per game thanks to a balanced attack of 1,236 throwing yards from Zac Thomas and 1,396 on the ground.
  • Week 9: @South Alabama, 10/26 12:00pm

21. Iowa (5-2)

  • Week 8: win vs. Purdue 26-20
  • Week 8 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: We know what we’re gonna see with Iowa. They’re one of the most stout teams in the country against the run and are overall a strong unit on that side of the ball. But, they are limited on offense. With that said, Nate Staley is a senior who has experience as a starter and should take care of the ball and give them a chance to win. Will it be enough to get wins against their Big 10 West rivals Wisconsin and Minnesota?
  • Week 9: bye

22. Iowa State (5-2)

  • Week 8: win @Texas Tech 34-24
  • Week 8 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: Iowa State has lost their games this year by a combined three points. At the beginning of the season, the offense really struggled. But in the past three games, they’ve recorded at least 34 points all convincing victories. In seven games, Brock Purdy has tossed for more than 2100 yards. Making an appearance in the Big 12 championship game may ride on Baylor losing, but it still could be a possibility for the Cyclones.
  • Week 9: vs. Oklahoma State, 10/26 3:30pm

23. Wake Forest (6-1)

  • Week 8: win vs. Florida State 22-20
  • Week 8 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: A few weeks ago, Wake Forest was one of those teams that was undefeated but everyone was shaking their head as to why. They lost a shootout to Louisville which dethroned them from the ranks of the unbeaten and this poll. But a win against Florida State coupled with a lot of other teams losing, and the Demon Deacons are back in the top 25.
  • Week 9: bye

24. Boise State (6-1)

  • Week 8: loss @BYU 25-28
  • Week 8 ranking: 14
  • Breakdown: Boise State suffered their first loss of the season in a hard fought defeat on the road at BYU. Hank Bachmeier missed the game due to injury so the Broncos were forced to start their second string QB as their shot at a New Years’ Six Bowl slipped a way a bit.
  • Week 9: bye

25. Arizona State (5-2)

  • Week 8: loss @Utah 3-21
  • Week 8 ranking: 19
  • Breakdown: The defense is good and played pretty well against Utah. The offense… didn’t. The Sun Devil offense mustered less than 150 yards on offense with 111 on the ground. You do the math for how they did through the air on Sunday. You’d hope those struggles were just a result of playing Utah, but like, who knows?
  • Week 9: @UCLA, 10/24 7:30pm

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