Week 9 was full of the usual. There were upsets and overtime games, surprisingly close contests and routs. The losses by ranked teams may lead to more shuffling in this week’s rankings. One team that’s not going anywhere is Alabama.
The numbers on the right are for the Associated Press, the Coaches’ Poll, the (old/pre-official) BCS standings and the CBSSports.com 126. NR means that the team was Not Ranked by that particular poll.
1/1/1/1 Alabama (8-0) The Crimson Tide over powered the Tennessee Volunteers (4-4) 45-10. T.J. Yeldon scored three touchdowns rushing, AJ McCarron tossed two TD passes and Landon Collins returned an INT 89 yards for a TD as the Crimson Tide dominated from start to finish.
2/2/2/2 Oregon (8-0) The Ducks wore down the #12 UCLA Bruins (5-2) 42-14. It was an evenly played game with a score of 14-14 at the half. After the half, however, it wasn’t nearly as close as the Ducks just kept on coming on both offense and defense. Brett Hundley was held to just 13 completions on 19 attempts for a mere 64 yards, two INTs and one passing TD and 15 carries for 72 yards and one rushing TD for the Bruins. Byron Marshall rushed 19 times for the Ducks gaining 133 yards and scoring three TDs. The Ducks ran 53 running plays gaining 325 yards as they pounded the ball all night long Marcus Mariota also completed 21 of 28 passes for 230 yards. UCLA had 52 rushes for 219 yards but just the 64 yards passing.
3/3/3/5 Florida State (7-0) The Seminoles rolled over the NC State Wolfpack (3-4) 49-17. Jameis Winston tossed three TDs in the first quarter when the Seminoles posted 35 points. Shadrach Thornton rushed 23 times for 173 yards and two TDs including one 72-yard score for the Wolfpack.
4/4/4/3 Ohio State (8-0) The Buckeyes routed the Nittany Lions of Penn State (4-3) 63-14. Braxton Miller ran for two TDs (11 carries for 68 yards) and threw for three (18-24 for 252 yards), Carlos Hyde had 16 carries for 147 yards, and Kenny Guiton ran for two TDs on just three carries in leading the Buckeyes to victory.
5/7/5/11 Missouri (7-1) The Tigers fell to the #20 South Carolina Gamecocks (6-2) in double overtime 27-24. Connor Shaw came into the game in the third quarter and “only” completed 20 of 29 passes for 201 yards and three TDs as the Gamecocks needed 17 points in the fourth quarter to tie game. His 15-yard TD pass on fourth down in the first OT kept this alive for South Carolina.
6/5/7/9 Baylor (7-0) The Bears routed the Kansas Jayhawks (2-4) 59-14. The Jayhawks DID manage to hold the Bears to a below average scoring day. Bryce Petty threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns in fewer than three quarters and Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score in the same amount of time. It was 38-0 at the half. Seastrunk’s replacement, Shock Linwood, had nine carries for 106 yards including two scores (7 and 68 yards) in the second half.
7/6/8/12 Miami (7-0) The Hurricanes came from behind—again—to edge the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-4) 24-2 . Miami needed a TD in the final minute to do it, but they remain undefeated. Duke Johnson carried the ball 30 times for 168 yards and two TDs including the winning score. Tanner Price completed 25 of 45 pass attempts for 302 yards and two TDs for the Demon Deacons.
8/8/6/13 Stanford (7-1) The Cardinal beat the Oregon State Beavers (6-2) 20-12 behind the strong running of Tyler Gaffney (22 carries for 145 yards and three TDs) and a bend-but-don’t-break defense that allowed the Beavers just 17 rushing yards. The Cardinal had just 88 yards passing themselves in a defensive game that seems uncharacteristic for both these teams.
9/10/9/4 Clemson (7-1) The Tigers beat the Maryland Terrapins (5-3) 40-27. Roderick McDowell rushed 30 times for 161 yards and two TDs, Tajh Boyd completed 28 of 41 for 304 yards and a TD and scored another TD rushing, and Sammie Watkins had a school record 14 receptions for 163 yards for the Tigers. Caleb Rowe completed 19 of 45 for 282 yards and three TDs for the Terrapins.
10/9/10/15 Texas Tech (7-1) The Red Raiders fell to the #17 Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) 38-30. Blake Bell completed 14 of 22 passes for 249 yards and two TDs and Jalen Saunders had 6 catches for 153 yards and two TDs (including a 76-yarder) for the Sooners. Davis Webb connected on 33 of 53 for 385 yards and two TDs but also tossed two INTs.
11/17/12/NR Auburn (7-1) The Tigers routed the FAU Owls (2-6) 45-10. The Tigers lost their starting QB Nick Marshall to a shoulder injury, but it didn’t slow them down as replacement Jeremy Johnson tossed two TDs to Sammie Coates. It was 38-7 at the half.
12/11/11/6 UCLA (5-2) The Bruins were worn down by the #2 Oregon Ducks (8-0) 42-14. See above for more.
13/13T/13/7 LSU (7-2) The Tigers knocked off the FCS Furman Paladins (3-5) 48-16. It was surprisingly close at the half with LSU ahead 20-16. Not so in the second half dominated by LSU 28-0. Odell Beckham had six receptions for 204 yards and two TDs of 37 and 63 yards. Jeremy Hill scored twice on 14 rushes for 143 yards. Terrance Magee had 7 carries for 108 yards and two TDs. Zach Mettenberger completed 16 of 24 pass attempts for 328 yards and three TDs but also had two INTs including one returned by Reggie Thomas 74 yards for Furman’s first score.
14/15/16/10 Texas A&M (6-2) the Aggies trounced the Commodores of Vanderbilt (4-4) 56-24. Shoulder injury? What shoulder injury? The Aggies jumped out to 28-0 advantage and never looked back even though Vandy closed to 28-17 at the half. Johnny Manziel completed 25 of 35 passes for 305 yards and four TDs. A&M won despite turning the ball over five times (one INT and four lost fumbles). Vandy turned it over three times on INTs.
15/18/17/19 Fresno State (7-0) The Bulldogs remained undefeated beating the Aztecs of San Diego State (3-4) 35-28 in overtime. Derek Carr wasn’t sharp in the first half going just 15 of 30 for 98 yards and no TDs. That changed in the second half and during the OT period. After the break he completed 20 of 27 for 200 yards and two TDs. Adam Muema had 111 yards and two TDs on 27 carries for the Aztecs. Ejiro Ederaine returned a fumble 78 yards for a Bulldog TD
16/19/15/18 Virginia Tech (6-2) The Hokies fell to the Duke Blue Devils (6-2) 13-10. The Hokies never lead in the game despite outgaining Duke 387 yards (173 rushing and 214 passing) to 198 yards (91 rushing and 107 passing). The Hokies also had the ball for 39:27 compared to Duke’s 20:33. Each team had four interceptions which contributed to the low score.
17/12/14/17 Oklahoma (7-1) The Sooners knocked the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (7-1) from the ranks of the undefeated 38-30. Close game which turned on turn overs. See above fro more.
18/16/21/6 Louisville (7-1) The Cardinals romped over the Bulls of South Florida (2-5) 34-3. Teddy Bridgewater went 25 of 29 for 344 yards and three TDs and Charles Gaines returned an interception 70 yards for another Cardinals’ TD as Louisville dominated on both sides of the ball.
19/13/19/23 Oklahoma State (6-1) The Cowboys ran over the Iowa State Cyclones (1-6) 58-27. It was surprisingly close 28-20 at the half but the persistent running by Oklahoma State finally took its toll. Desmond Roland carried the ball 26 times for 219 yards and four TDs as the Cowboys gained 342 yards on 47 rushing plays.
20/20/20/14 South Carolina (6-2) The Gamecocks came from well behind to defeat the #5 Missouri Tigers (7-1) in double overtime 27-24. See above for more.
21/25/23/NR UCF (6-1) The Knights routed the UConn Huskies (0-7) 62-17. Blake Bortles completed 20 of 24 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth for the Knights who posted 45 points in the first half and coasted to an easy victory.
22/24/NR/24 Wisconsin (5-2) The Badgers had this weekend off.
23/22/18/22 Northern Illinois (8-0) The Huskies remained among the unbeaten as they routed the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-7) 59-20. These Huskies took a 38-3 lead into the locker room at the half and coasted the rest of the way. Jordan Lynch completed 16 of 20 passes for 223 yards and four TDs and ran for one and caught a pass for a fifth score. He finished the day rushing 18 times for 99 yards and the one catch for 17 yards giving him 338 all-purpose yards.
24/23/22/20 Michigan (6-1) The Wolverines had this week off.
25/21/24/25 Nebraska (5-2) The Cornhuskers were upset by the Minnesota Gophers (6-2) 34-23Philip Nelson rushed for two TDs and threw for a third to lead the Gophers to the win. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 165 yards for the Huskers in the loss.
NR/NR/25/NR Oregon State (6-2) The Beavers lost to the Stanford Cardinal (7-1) 20-12 in a surprising defensive struggle. See above for more.