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2014 Fierce 40: Week 9

by DJ Boyer on Oct. 26, 2014

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - 2014 Week 9

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Mississippi State

7-0

W: Kentucky 45-31

1

This game was closer then the score would indicate.

2

Florida State

7-0

Idle

2

Looks like they are on pace to take the ACC and have a birth in the playoff.

3

Oregon

 7-1

W: Cal 59-41

3

Five more touchdown passes for Marcus Mariota and Royce Freeman brings balance to the offense.

4

Notre Dame

6-1

Idle

5

Nobody thought the game with Arizona State in November was going to have these types of ramnifications.

5

Michigan State

7-1

W: Michigan 35-11

6

A week off to prep for Ohio State in what could be the Big 10 Game of the Year.

6

Ole Miss

7-1

L: #22 LSU 7-10

3

Perhaps some game mismanagement at the end of the game for Ole Miss, the loss doesn't knock them out of playoff contention yet.

7

Alabama

7-1

W: Tennessee 34-20

8

11-15 on 3rd down conversions, that is about as good as you can ask.

8

Auburn

6-1

W: #40 South Carolina 42-35

7

Auburn looks shaky right now and the defense needs to stabilize coming down the stretch.

9

TCU 6-1 W: Texas Tech 82-27

10

The football team may outscore the basketball squad at this pace.

10

Georgia

6-1

Idle

9

The Todd Gurley eligibility issue looms large this week for the Bulldogs.

11

Kansas State

6-1

W: Texas 23-0

11

We know Texas is not the same powerhouse as we are accustomed to seeing but still, a shutout over the Longhorns will turn some heads.

12

Ohio State

6-1

W: Penn State 31-24 2OT

12

Still not sure how that first Ohio State interception was not overturned.

13

Baylor

6-1

Idle

13

Could be on a December collisiion course with Kansas State.

14

Nebraska

7-1

W: Rutgers 42-24

14

Is there any team in America with wide receivers that block as well as the Cornhuskers.

15

Arizona

6-1

W: Washington State 59-37

15

Five more touchdowns for Anu Solomon and to 5 different receivers. The Wildcats have plenty of weapons on offense.

16

Arizona State

6-1

W: #30 Washington 24-10

17

Can't be guitly of looking ahead to Notre Dame in two weeks as Utah looms and they are very dangerous.

17

LSU

7-2

W: #3 Ole Miss 10-7

22

They play Alabama in two weeks, and this game may be the best rivalry at the NCAA level over the last five years.

18

Oklahoma

5-2

Idle

16

Others in the conference are stepping up their play, the Sooners need to do so or they will sink quickly.

19

East Carolina

6-1

W: UConn 31-21

18

Near disaster for East Carolina as Connecticut controlled line play much of the night and was dictating the flow of that game.

20

Clemson

6-2

W: Syracuse 16-6

19

The defense is ranked #5 in the nation and they get quarterback pressure with ease.

21

Utah

6-1

W: #21 USC 24-21

23

Devontae Booker tops 100 yards and gets in the end zone again for Utah.

22

Duke

6-1

Idle

20

Next two games on the road before finishing at home for three games.

23

Marshall

8-0

W: Florida Atlantic 35-16

24

Devon Johnson running for 272 yards was one of the most impressive performances of the weekend. The Thundering Hurd are showing they are more then Rakeem Cato.

24

Missouri

6-2

W: Vanderbilt 24-14

31

They make getting pressure on the quarterback an art form.

25

West Virginia

6-2

W: #25 Oklahoma State 34-10

32

West Virginia is playing with a lot of confidence and they are a fun team to watch.

26

UCLA

6-2

W: Colorado 40-37 2OT

26

Big lead nearly erased as UCLA took their foot off the gas.

27

Louisville

6-2

Idle

27

Here come the Seminoles.

28

Stanford

5-3

W: #33 Oregon State 38-14

28

Kevin Hogan is having to do way too much in this offense.

29

Texas A&M

5-3

Idle

29

The Aggies are still licking their wounds after three straighht losses.

30

Wisconsin

5-2

W: #37 Maryland 52-7

36

Handled Maryland quite easily.

31

USC

5-3

L: #23 Utah 21-24

21

The Trojans have not fared well in close games this season.

32

Georgia Tech

6-2

W: Pitt 56-28

35

Trying to stock up on wins before closing with Clemson and Georgia.

33

Colorado State

7-1

W: Wyoming 45-31

38

If Colorado State can run the table and finish 11-1 it will make their bowl placement very interesting.

34

Oklahoma State

5-3

L: #32 West Virginia 10-34

25

Offense has been looking very pedestrian in recent weeks.

35

Miami

5-3

W: Virginia Tech 30-6

NR

If Duke Johnson keeps running the ball effectively you may not want to count the Hurricanes out when they face Florida State.

36

Iowa

5-2

Idle

39

The Hawkeyes are starting to get better quarterback play and they will need it with a host of road games coming up on the schedule.

37

Washington

5-3

L: #17 Arizona State 10-24

30

No moral victories for Washington as they are 5-3 but just 1-3 in conference play.

38

UCF

5-2 W: Temple 34-14

NR

After starting 0-2 the Knights have run off five consecutive wins.

39

Boise State

6-2

W: BYU 55-30

NR

A little luster is lost here since BYU is not the same team without Taysom Hill.

40

Georgia Southern

6-2

W: Georgia State 69-31

NR

The Sun Belt gets some recognition here. Georgia Southern has 2 losses against NC State and Georgia Tech by a total of 5 poimts.

Dropped Out: South Carolina, Maryland, Oregon State, Minnesota.

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