NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 9

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

The two Mississippi schools held serve this week, but Alabama put everyone on notice with their 59-0 rout of Texas A&M, moving up to No. 3 in this week's edition of the college football Power Rankings.

NCAAF Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 6-0-0
(5-1-0)
-25 Mississippi State
Dak Prescott ran for 121 yards and a pair of TDs in a win over Auburn, and the Bulldogs QB is a favorite to win the Heisman.
2 2 same 7-0-0
(6-0-1)
-24.5 Mississippi
The Rebels defense came up big again this week, limiting the Vols to just three points. They now own the nation's No. 1 ranked scoring defense allowing opponents to average just over 10 points.
3 7 up 4 6-1-0
(2-5-0)
-24 Alabama
Nick Saban's team silenced the critics with a dominant 59-0 win over the Aggies on Saturday.
4 3 down 1 7-0-0
(1-6-0)
-23.5 Florida State
While the Noles haven't yet lost, they have been very close on a number of occasions.
5 11 up 6 5-1-0
(3-3-0)
-22 Auburn
The Tigers host unranked South Carolina this week, but they are surely looking ahead to next week's game at Ole Miss.
6 6 same 6-1-0
(4-3-0)
-21.5 Michigan State
The Spartans are still the front-runner to win the Big-10, and a dark horse playoff contender.
7 9 up 2 6-1-0
(3-4-0)
-20 Oregon
The Ducks are flying again coming off blowout wins over UCLA and Washington.
8 10 up 2 6-1-0
(4-3-0)
-19.5 Georgia
No Todd Gurley? No problem for the Bulldogs as Nick Chubb has run for 245 yards and three TDs the last two weeks.
9 5 down 4 6-1-0
(5-2-0)
-19 Notre Dame
The Irish can't be too happy about a game winning TD getting called back on a controversial call at the end of Saturday's loss in Tallahassee.
10 13 up 3 5-1-0
(5-1-0)
-18.5 Ohio State
With 17 TDs and just one INT over his last four starts, it's fair to say J.T. Barrett has settled in at quarterback for the Buckeyes.
11 14 up 3 5-1-0
(4-2-0)
-18 Kansas State
The Wildcats have quietly moved into first place in the Big-12 after an upset win over Oklahoma Saturday.
12 12 same 5-1-0
(6-0-0)
-17.5 Texas Christian
The Horned Frogs have scored 100 points over the last two weeks, and they rank 5th in the nation in scoring.
13 4 down 9 6-1-0
(4-2-1)
-17 Baylor
Bryce Petty struggled in the loss to West Virginia on Saturday, completing just 16-of-36 passes for 223 yards and a pair of TDs.
14 20 up 6 5-1-0
(3-3-0)
-16 Arizona State
The Sun Devils move up in the rankings after winning back to back games versus ranked opponents (USC and Stanford).
15 15 same 5-1-0
(4-2-0)
-15.5 East Carolina
The Pirates 5-1 record is pretty impressive when you consider one of those wins came at Virginia Tech.
16 8 down 8 5-2-0
(3-4-0)
-15 Oklahoma
The Sooners have plummeted in the rankings after losing two of their last three games.
17 17 same 5-1-0
(2-4-0)
-14.5 Arizona
The Wildcats missed a chip shot field goal in the final seconds, suffering their first loss of the season at home to the Trojans.
18 25 up 7 5-1-0
(5-1-0)
-14 Utah
The Utes have an impressive 5-1 record and a marquee win over UCLA, but with their next three games coming against USC, Arizona State and Oregon, their stay in the Top 25 might not last long.
19 23 up 4 5-2-0
(4-3-0)
-13.5 Clemson
The Tigers offense isn't nearly as efficient with Cole Stoudt behind center, and the #2 quarterback has just one TD pass in four starts.
20 22 up 2 5-2-0
(5-2-0)
-13 Southern California
Cody Kessler had quite a game Saturday, throwing for seven TDs in a 56-28 victory at Colorado.
21 21 same 6-1-0
(6-1-0)
-12.5 Nebraska
Ameer Abdullah ran for 146 yards and four TDs in a 38-17 win at Northwestern on Saturday.
22 36 up 14 6-2-0
(6-2-0)
-12 Louisiana State
The Tigers have already lost once at home this season, and they face a tough test with Ole Miss coming to Baton Rouge this week.
23 34 up 11 5-2-0
(4-3-0)
-11.5 West Virginia
Clint Trickett has thrown for 2525 yards this season, only Kenny Hill and Connor Halliday have thrown for more.
24 24 same 7-0-0
(6-1-0)
-11 Marshall
It's impossible to overlook The Thundering Herd's 7-0 record, regardless of who they've played.
25 46 up 21 6-1-0
(4-2-1)
-10.5 Duke
With a 6-1 record and the nation's #5 ranked defense, the Blue Devils deserve a spot in the Top 25.
26 26 same 5-2-0
(1-6-0)
-9.75 UCLA
27 61 up 34 6-1-0
(4-3-0)
-9.5 Minnesota
28 28 same 3-3-0
(2-4-0)
-9 Florida
29 29 same 6-2-0
(5-3-0)
-8.75 Louisville
30 30 same 4-3-0
(1-6-0)
-8.5 South Carolina
31 31 same 5-2-0
(4-3-0)
-8.25 Missouri
32 32 same 5-2-0
(3-4-0)
-8 Georgia Tech
33 33 same 5-2-0
(3-4-0)
-7.7 Iowa
34 19 down 15 5-3-0
(3-5-0)
-7.5 Texas A&M
35 35 same 4-2-0
(1-5-0)
-7.4 Wisconsin
36 16 down 20 5-2-0
(3-4-0)
-7.2 Oklahoma State
37 18 down 19 4-3-0
(3-4-0)
-7 Stanford
38 37 down 1 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
-6.9 Tennessee
39 38 down 1 3-3-0
(2-4-0)
-6.7 Cincinnati
40 39 down 1 4-3-0
(5-1-1)
-6.5 Virginia
41 40 down 1 5-2-0
(3-4-0)
-6.3 Washington
42 41 down 1 4-3-0
(5-2-0)
-6 California
43 42 down 1 5-2-0
(4-3-0)
-5.5 Rutgers
44 43 down 1 4-3-0
(3-3-1)
-5.4 Pittsburgh
45 44 down 1 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
-5.3 Texas Tech
46 27 down 19 4-4-0
(4-4-0)
-5 North Carolina State
47 70 up 23 6-1-0
(5-2-0)
-4.7 Colorado State
48 45 down 3 5-2-0
(4-3-0)
-4.3 Maryland
49 49 same 5-2-0
(3-4-0)
-4.2 Northern Illinois
50 50 same 4-2-0
(2-4-0)
-4.1 Oregon State
51 47 down 4 5-2-0
(4-3-0)
-4.067569 Boise State
52 51 down 1 3-4-0
(5-2-0)
-4.053774 Arkansas
53 48 down 5 4-3-0
(2-5-0)
-3.90396 Brigham Young
54 56 up 2 4-3-0
(5-2-0)
-3.632514 Louisiana Tech
55 53 down 2 5-2-0
(5-2-0)
-3.584548 Kentucky
56 54 down 2 4-3-0
(3-4-0)
-3.521141 Miami
57 57 same 4-3-0
(5-2-0)
-3.31178 Boston College
58 55 down 3 3-4-0
(4-3-0)
-3.071687 Texas
59 58 down 1 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
-2.744018 Penn State
60 60 same 4-3-0
(3-4-0)
-2.529456 Virginia Tech
61 59 down 2 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
-2.49605 Michigan
62 62 same 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
-2.383004 Temple
63 68 up 5 5-2-0
(6-1-0)
-2.378426 Georgia Southern
64 65 up 1 4-3-0
(4-3-0)
-2.326963 Alabama-Birmingham
65 52 down 13 3-4-0
(2-5-0)
-2.075989 Indiana
66 63 down 3 2-4-0
(2-4-0)
-2.031483 Western Kentucky
67 67 same 3-4-0
(2-5-0)
-1.814859 Northwestern
68 64 down 4 4-3-0
(3-3-1)
-1.712149 San Diego State
69 66 down 3 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
-1.574348 Central Florida
70 69 down 1 3-3-0
(4-1-1)
-1.507116 Memphis
71 71 same 4-3-0
(4-3-0)
-1.435759 Nevada
72 73 up 1 5-2-0
(3-4-0)
-0.908227 Air Force
73 76 up 3 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
-0.3577457 Syracuse
74 72 down 2 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
-0.2804711 Texas-San Antonio
75 80 up 5 4-2-0
(5-1-0)
-0.2540052 Arkansas State
76 74 down 2 2-5-0
(4-2-1)
-0.2035682 Iowa State
77 82 up 5 4-3-0
(4-3-0)
-0.03004039 Houston
78 77 down 1 3-4-0
(2-5-0)
0.098729 Navy
79 79 same 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
0.2237724 South Alabama
80 75 down 5 3-3-0
(4-2-0)
0.2873655 Texas El Paso
81 78 down 3 4-4-0
(3-5-0)
0.3227126 Central Michigan
82 91 up 9 4-3-0
(3-4-0)
0.4237633 Utah State
83 85 up 2 5-3-0
(5-3-0)
0.5393174 Middle Tennessee
84 81 down 3 3-5-0
(6-2-0)
0.6395895 Purdue
85 88 up 3 4-3-0
(6-1-0)
0.7162887 Western Michigan
86 83 down 3 3-5-0
(6-2-0)
1.026328 Florida International
87 92 up 5 4-3-0
(2-5-0)
1.178379 Akron
88 86 down 2 3-3-0
(3-3-0)
1.351782 Texas State
89 89 same 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
1.399688 Washington State
90 90 same 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
1.410265 Ball State
91 84 down 7 3-3-0
(1-5-0)
1.692481 UL Monroe
92 87 down 5 3-4-0
(2-5-0)
1.698424 Illinois
93 94 up 1 2-5-0
(4-2-1)
1.732553 Hawaii
94 95 up 1 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
2.03522 Colorado
95 103 up 8 3-3-0
(4-2-0)
2.071376 Rice
96 93 down 3 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
2.199549 Army
97 97 same 4-3-0
(2-5-0)
2.201818 Toledo
98 96 down 2 3-4-0
(2-5-0)
2.333922 Old Dominion
99 98 down 1 3-4-0
(2-5-0)
2.454623 North Carolina
100 100 same 3-4-0
(5-2-0)
2.63746 South Florida
101 104 up 3 3-4-0
(3-4-0)
2.897906 Buffalo
102 106 up 4 4-4-0
(4-4-0)
2.978671 Ohio
103 99 down 4 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
3.130863 Wake Forest
104 110 up 6 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
3.28794 New Mexico
105 101 down 4 3-4-0
(2-5-0)
3.306231 Wyoming
106 105 down 1 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
3.376832 Kansas
107 102 down 5 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
3.40927 North Texas
108 109 up 1 3-3-0
(2-4-0)
3.446311 UL Lafayette
109 114 up 5 2-6-0
(6-2-0)
3.55805 Massachusetts
110 108 down 2 1-6-0
(3-4-0)
3.56864 Idaho
111 113 up 2 3-3-0
(3-3-0)
3.578758 San Jose State
112 111 down 1 1-7-0
(5-3-0)
3.726639 Miami (Ohio)
113 107 down 6 1-6-0
(4-3-0)
3.772253 Georgia State
114 115 up 1 5-3-0
(3-5-0)
4.116464 Bowling Green
115 119 up 4 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
4.307451 Appalachian State
116 116 same 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
4.429875 Tulane
117 112 down 5 2-6-0
(4-4-0)
4.43766 New Mexico State
118 117 down 1 1-5-0
(0-6-0)
4.474343 Connecticut
119 118 down 1 1-6-0
(2-5-0)
5.024199 Tulsa
120 120 same 3-4-0
(5-2-0)
5.081734 Florida Atlantic
121 123 up 2 3-5-0
(4-4-0)
6.027166 Fresno State
122 122 same 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
6.223251 Vanderbilt
123 121 down 2 1-6-0
(2-5-0)
6.305322 Kent State
124 124 same 3-4-0
(4-3-0)
6.335702 Southern Mississippi
125 126 up 1 2-5-0
(2-5-0)
7.195309 UNLV
126 125 down 1 1-6-0
(3-4-0)
7.242139 Troy
127 127 same 2-5-0
(3-4-0)
8.767977 Eastern Michigan
128 128 same 0-6-0
(1-5-0)
11.78484 Southern Methodist