Even though eight top-25 teams had a bye last week, the excitement continued as six ranked teams lost. As a result, Week 9's AP Poll has a new look. Let's break down the movement.
Week 9 AP Top 25 Poll
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Oregon rises as UCLA and Ole Miss drop from the top 10
While the top six teams in Week 9's AP Poll remain the same, No. 8 Oregon rose two spots — tied for the most of any top-10 team — after beating UCLA in a top-10 matchup with College GameDay in town. The Ducks now have their highest ranking of the season and have waddled their way up the rankings as the highest-ranked Pac-12 team.
No. 7 TCU also rose one spot after picking up a ranked win over Kansas State, while fellow Big 12 team, No. 9 Oklahoma State, rejoined the top 10. Southern California and Wake Forest tied for the tenth spot, meaning the top 10 has 11 teams this week. No. 12 UCLA and No. 15 Ole Miss fell from the top 10, dropping three and eight spots, respectively.
LSU leads new entrants after a top-10 win
After LSU routed Ole Miss 45-20, the Tigers find themselves back in the top 25 at No. 18. It's only the second time this season (the first of the Brian Kelly era) that LSU has been in the poll after ranking No. 25 in Week 6.
The other new entrant in Week 9's AP Poll is No. 25 South Carolina, joining with a 5-2 record after defeating Texas A&M.
No. 10 Wake Forest and No. 13 Penn State each rose three spots in the AP Poll, the most of any team this week. No. 15 Ole Miss' eight-spot drop is the most of any ranked team, while No. 22 Kansas State fell five spots in Week 9. Texas and Mississippi State dropped out of the poll entirely after losses.
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Week 9 ranked matchups to watch
- No. 2 Ohio State at No. 13 Penn State | 12 p.m. ET | FOX
- No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. ET | FOX
- No. 19 Kentucky at No. 3 Tennessee | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN
A Big Ten East battle kicks off Week 9 as Ohio State visits Penn State with division title implications at stake. Then Oklahoma State and Kansas State battle for positioning in the Big 12. To conclude the evening, Kentucky and Tennessee face off in a border-state SEC East rivalry.
Here are other games involving ranked teams that are worth highlighting:
- No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida (in Jacksonville, FL) | 3:30 p.m. ET | CBS
- Notre Dame at No. 16 Syracuse | 12 p.m. ET | ABC
Overall, the latest AP Poll sets up an exciting Week 9.