It’s Week 9 and the landscape has definitely changed—once you get passed the first two. Everybody has played at least six games and some as many as eight. There are fewer undefeated teams as well, thanks to the games played the last two weeks. Going into this weekend’s play there are just 10 teams which have not experienced a loss. All of them can be found on the list below. Conversely, there are six teams without a win. (UConn, Southern Miss and Hawaii are at 0-6; New Mexico State and Miami of Ohio are at 0-7; and Western Michigan is at 0-8.)
The numbers on the right are for the Associated Press, the Coaches’ Poll, the BCS standings and the CBSSports.com 126. NR means that the team was Not Ranked by that particular poll.(The BCS Poll numbers are from preliminary BCS standing posted at CBSSports.com.)
1/1/1/1 Alabama (7-0) The Crimson Tide will be hosting the Tennessee Volunteers (4-3). Tennessee played a heck of a game last week against then #11 South Carolina. Alabama is NOT South Carolina. The Tide wins.
2/2/2/2 Oregon (7-0) The Ducks host the #12 UCLA Bruins (5-1). The Ducks will be continuing their winning ways.
3/3/3/5 Florida State (6-0) The Seminoles will host the NC State Wolfpack (3-3). Winston and the Seminoles will continue their amazing season.
4/4/4/3 Ohio State (7-0) The Buckeyes host the Nittany Lions of Penn State (4-2). Don’t look for the Lions to do any more than keep this close.
5/7/5/11 Missouri (7-0) The Tigers will host the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2). Missouri is without James Franklin at QB but have Maty Mauk as a replacement. The Gamecocks may be without Connor Shaw. Mauk and the Tigers will prove victorious.
6/5/7/9 Baylor (6-0) The Bears head out on the road to face the Kansas Jayhawks (2-4). The only question is will the Bears reach 70 points on the road?
7/6/8/12 Miami (6-0) The Hurricanes will host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-3). Miami wins again.
8/8/6/13 Stanford (6-1) The Cardinal head north to play the Oregon State Beavers (6-1). The Cardinal will bring their A-game defense and just enough offense to this one.
9/10/9/4 Clemson (6-1) The Tigers are on the road playing the Maryland Terrapins (5-2). Maryland will give the Tigers all they can…but it won’t be enough. Tigers win.
10/9/10/15 Texas Tech (7-0) The Red Raiders will play on the road against the #17 Oklahoma Sooners (6-1). This will be a close one but the Red Raiders will win by a couple of points.
11/17/12/NR Auburn (6-1) The Tigers host the FAU Owls (2-5). The Tigers will win big.
12/11/11/6 UCLA (5-1) The Bruins will move up the coast to play the #2 Oregon Ducks (7-0). The Ducks win.
13/13T/13/7 LSU (6-2) The Tigers will host the FCS Furman Paladins (3-4). It’s awfully late in the season for a match-up between FBS and FCS schools. LSU should be able to rest their starters in the second half.
14/15/16/10 Texas A&M (5-2) the Aggies will host the Commodores of Vanderbilt (4-3). The Aggies Johnny Manziel was injured near the end of last week’s Auburn game. Still he came back to finish and should be ready to start Saturday against the Commodores. The problem won’t be the Aggies’ offense. The defense needs to show up and stop somebody. Vandy beat Georgia last week with a strong surge in the second quarter. This could be yet another test for that Aggie D. If they pass it, A&M wins. If they don’t….
15/18/17/19 Fresno State (6-0) The Bulldogs will play on the road against the Aztecs of San Diego State (3-3). Count me a fan of Derek Carr. The Bulldogs don’t have much of a ground game. They don’t need it. They will stay perfect.
16/19/15/18 Virginia Tech (6-1) The Hokies will host the Duke Blue Devils (5-2). The Hokies will win.
17/12/14/17 Oklahoma (6-1) The Sooners will host the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (7-0). Close game which could turn on turn overs.
18/16/21/6 Louisville (6-1) The Cardinals are heading south to face the Bulls of South Florida (2-4). The Cardinals will rebound against the Bulls.
19/13/19/23 Oklahoma State (5-1) The Cowboys are on the road to Ames to play the Iowa State Cyclones (1-5). Ever read Pecos Bill stories? He lassoed a twister and tamed it. Cowboys win on the road.
20/20/20/14 South Carolina (5-2) The Gamecocks are on the road to play the #5 Missouri Tigers (7-0). The Tigers offense AND defense have been impressive while the Gamecocks have been struggling. Tigers win.
21/25/23/NR UCF (5-1) The Knights will host the UConn Huskies (0-6). The Knights are flying high. The Huskies are not. Knights have an easy time of it.
22/24/NR/24 Wisconsin (5-2) The Badgers have this weekend off.
23/22/18/22 Northern Illinois (7-0) The Huskies host the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-6). These Huskies will do just fine.
24/23/22/20 Michigan (6-1) The Wolverines have this week off.
25/21/24/25 Nebraska (5-1) The Cornhuskers head north to play the Minnesota Gophers (5-2). The Huskers will edge the Gophers who are playing with lots of emotion right now.
NR/NR/25/NR Oregon State (6-1) The Beavers host the Stanford Cardinal (6-1). The Cardinal will prove victorious.