After one of the wildest weeks of college football action in years, week nine did not pack as many surprises as the previous week. The most significant change in the rankings happened after Oregon jumped ahead of Florida State in the latest BCS standings.
The Ducks beat No. 12 UCLA 42-14 in another dominant showing that caught the attention of voters. Though Florida State destroyed Clemson in week 8, their remaining schedule does not feature enough high caliber opponents to allow them an opportunity to climb back into the No. 2 spot.
Missouri dropped from No. 5 to No. 9 after suffering a heartbreaking loss at home to South Carolina. The race for the SEC East is still anyone’s to take, while the SEC West is Alabama’s to lose. The Tide continued to roll in week nine after easily defeating rival Tennessee. The top ranked team will have a week off to rest and study their next opponent, LSU. The Tigers are, perhaps, one of the toughest teams on Alabama’s schedule and has become a heated rivalry in recent years. Expect Alabama to take care of LSU with little difficulty. The real test for the Tide will come later in the season in the famous Iron Bowl when they face in-state rival Auburn.
Another great SEC rivalry will take place in week ten. The World’s Largest Cocktail Party usually sets the winner in the driver’s seat of the SEC East and has huge national title implications. Georgia will have a much needed boost on offense with the return of Todd Gurley, one of the best running backs in the country.
The game that will have everyone watching in week ten is Florida State vs. Miami. FSU is nipping at Oregon’s heels in the polls at No. 3 while Miami has silently remained in the top ten at No. 7. The Hurricanes should have quite a large chip on their shoulder going into the game. The point spread (-22) between FSU and Miami is the largest ever between two top ten teams. The Seminoles have won the past three meetings between the two. The winner of this sunshine state showdown will make waves throughout the rest of the season in the BCS standings.