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2016 Fierce 40: Week 9

by DJ Boyer on Oct. 30, 2016

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 9

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Alabama 8-0 Idle

1

Roll Tide.

2

Michigan 8-0 W:Michigan State 32-23 2

Defense leads the nation with 11.6 points allowed per game.

3

Clemson 8-0 W:#15 Florida State 37-34 3

Clemson continues to win close game after close game.

4

Washington 8-0 W:#20 Utah 31-24 3

The Huskies and Washington State are now both 3 losses ahead of the competition in the conference loss column in the Pac 12 North.

5

Louisville 7-1 W:Virginia 32-25 5

What a moment for Lamar Jackson, he may have saved the Louisville season with the late touchdown pass against Virginia.

6

Ohio State 7-1 W:Northwestern 24-20 6

Buckeyes looked they still had a little bit of a Penn State hangover against Northwestern.

7

Texas A&M 7-1 W:New Mexico State 52-10 9

A pair of punt return touchdowns is one way to make a statement.

8

Wisconsin 6-2 W:#7 Nebraska 23-17 (OT) 10

The defense comes up big again for Wisconsin.

9

Florida 6-1 W:Georgia 24-10 11

The Gator offense remains wildly inconsistent but has the playmakers on the defensive side of the ball to be a legitimate contender.

10

Nebraska 7-1 L:#10 Wisconsin 17-23 (OT) 7

Camp Randall continues to deal Nebraska a bad hand every time.

11

Oklahoma 6-2 W:Kansas 56-3 13

Baker Mayfield is playing as well as any quarterback in the land right now.

12

Auburn 6-2 W:Ole Miss 40-29 18

Five consecutive wins and the Tigers are outscoring their opponents 210-66 over that span.

13

Baylor 6-1 L:Texas 34-35 8

Another late season loss by Baylor when they were favored....its a consistent pattern.

14

Western Michigan 7-0 Idle 17

Boise State loss clears the path for Western Michigan towards a BCS bid.

15

Oklahoma State 6-2 W:#14 West Virginia 37-20 24

The Cowboys are still alive for the Big 12 title after dismantling West Virginia.

16

LSU 5-2 Idle 19

Will we witness another classic game against Alabama?

17

Colorado 6-2 Idle 21

Chidobe Awuzie may be the most underrated defender at the FBS level.

18

Utah 7-2 L:#3 Washington 24-31 20

Utah moves up in the standings despite losing to Washington.

19

Wyoming 6-2 W:#12 Boise State 30-28 28

We have been warning anyone willing to listen about Wyoming for weeks and the Cowboys have the attention of Boise State now.

20

Virginia Tech 6-2 W:#33 Pittsburgh 39-36 22

The Hokies have the inside track to the Coastal Division title in the ACC.

21

Boise State 7-1 L:#28 Wyoming 28-30 12

The Broncos now have to pray for a Wyoming slip up in the Mountain West Standings.

22

West Virginia 6-1 L:#24 Oklahoma State 20-37 14

-3 in the turnover margin against Oklahoma State was the difference.

23

North Carolina 6-2 Idle 23

The Tar Heels have a favorable schedule to win out down the stretch.

24

San Diego State 7-1 W:Utah State 40-13 25

Donnel Pumphrey is now 5th all-time on the NCAA rushing list.

25

Penn State 6-2 W:Purdue 62-24 31

Even after defeating Ohio State there were a number of detractors who claimed Penn State was a "fluke". Scoring 62 points against Purdue may change a few minds.

26

Washington State 6-2 W:Oregon State 35-31 26

The Cougars are still undefeated in the Pac-12.

27

Florida State 5-3 L:#4 Clemson 34-37 15

Can't remember that last time the Seminoles stood 2-3 in ACC play.

28

Tennssee 5-3 L:South Carolina 21-24 16

This Tennesse team remains one of the most confusing units at the FBS level.

29

Houston 7-2 W:UCF 31-24 29

Greg Ward Jr rallies the troops as Houston erases a 21-point deficit to win.

30

USC 5-3 W:Cal 45-24 30

Four straight wins for USC and while the offense has been worlds better it has equated to balanced defensive play.

31

South Florida 7-2 W:#27 Navy 52-45 NR

Quinton Flowers throws for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Navy while rushing for 176 and another 2 touchdowns. Flowers with a late Heisman push.

32

Arkansas 5-3 idle 32

Three losses already and Florida and LSU loom on the schedule.

33

Navy 5-2 L:South Florida 45-52 27

Notre Dame and Tulsa are on the horizon meaning Navy has its hands full.

34

North Dakota State 7-1 W:Northern Iowa 24-20 36

This week North Dakota State faces Youngstown State, the two best defenses in the conference square off.

35

Troy 6-1 Idle 37

Battle with Appalachian State is just around the corner.

36

Iowa 5-3 Idle 38

Iowa gets the week off but now has to go on the road against the red-hot Nittany Lions.

37

Stanford 5-3 W:Arizona 34-10 40

Christian McCaffrey is back after a three touchdown performance.

38

Appalachian State 6-2 W:Georgia Southern 34-10 39

The Mountaineer defense has been suffocating over the last month.

39

Tulsa 6-2 W:Memphis 59-30 NR

249 yards rushing for James Flanders in the blowout win over Memphis.

40

Pittsburgh 5-3 L:#22 Virginia Tech 36-39 33

Three losses on the season against ranked opponents and all by a touchdown or less.

Dropped Out: Toledo and Miami.