Blog Poll: Week 9

By Corey Carpenter on November 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm

The top 2 teams continued to roll towards the BCS title game, but the race behind them is becoming very interesting.

We argued where to put Oregon, after their impressive win over USC. The Ducks lost to Boise in the season opener, but do you think the same results would happen if the game was played this Saturday? The game was over 2 months ago and the Ducks have been looking great over the last 6 games.

The rest of the top 10 pretty much stays the same and the back half continues to change on a weekly basis. As always, let us know what you think, there should be some strong feeling one way or another towards some teams after the first 3.

1 Texas 8-0. Went into Stillwater and took down Boone Picken's Cowboys, 41-14. Curtis Brown and Earl Thomas each had a pick six and the Longhorn defense snagged 2 more off Zac Robinson. Colt McCoy controlled the offense, going 16/21 for 171 and a score, but the rushing attacks is still lacking, gaining just 99 yards on 32 carries. Next up: UCF, Noon. --
2 Florida 8-0. We all know Tebow didn't participate in the World's Largest Cocktail Party, leading the Gators to a 41-17 win over Georgia. Tebow was 15/21 for 164 and had 18 carries for 85 yards, while accounting for 4 TD's. The 2 on the ground gave him the SEC career record and unfortunately may have vaulted him to the top of the unpredictable Heisman race. Next up: Vanderbilt, 7:15. --
3 Alabama 8-0. Bye Week. Next up: #9 LSU, 3:30. --
4 Oregon 7-1. Racked up 613 total yards, the most against a Pete Carroll USC team, in route to their 47-20 demolition of the Trojans. Jeremiah Masoli threw for 222 yards and ran for another 164, while accounting for 2 TD's. Redshirt freshman LaMichael James ran for another 183 yards on 24 carries, as the Ducks outgained the Trojans on the ground, 391-140. Next up: at Stanford, 3:30. UP6
5 Cincinnati 8-0. Zach Collaros threw for 4 TD's, one in each quarter, as Cincy rolled Syracuse 28-0. Collaros was 22/28 for 295 yards, while Columbus native, Isiah Pead ran 16 times for 77 yards. The meat of their schedule is coming up over the next 5 weeks, facing UConn, WVU, Illinois and Pitt. Next up: UConn, TBA. --
6 Iowa 9-0. Luck should run out in 2 weeks, but Saturday, Iowa was able to overcome Ricki Stanzi's 5 picks, including 4 in the 3rd quarter, to beat Indiana 42-24. The Hoosiers were up 24-14 entering the 4th, but Stanzi connected on TD passes of 92 and 66 in the first 3:30 and Brandon Wegher added 2 late rushing TD's. Next up: Northwestern, Noon. --
7 Boise State 8-0. The Broncos continued to roll over their WAC foes, this week blasting SJSU, 45-7. Kellen Moore accounted for 4 TD's, including a 61-yard strike to his younger brother, Kirby to get the scoring going. Next up: at Louisiana Tech, 8:00 on Friday. --
8 TCU 8-0. The Horned Frogs have given up a combined 13 points over their last 3 games, including a 41-0 victory over UNLV. TCU rushed for 390 yards, to help outgain the Rebels 578-160. Next up: at SDSU, 4:00. --
9 LSU 7-1. Held Tulane to 26 yards rushing in their 42-0 win in Baton Rouge. The Tigers rushed for 267 yards, lead by Charles Scott 112 on 18 carries and the defense held the Green Wave to just 216 total yards. Next up: at #3 Alabama, 3:30. --
10 Penn State 8-1. Started off slow in Evanston, trailing 13-10 at the half, but scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, to win 34-13. Clark was 22/31 for 274 yards and a TD, while Royster went for 118 and a score on 15 carries. Next up: #15 Ohio State, 3:30. UP1
11 Georgia Tech 8-1. Another explosive rushing attack in Tech's 56-31 win over Vandy, outscoring the Commodores 28-3 in the second half. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 404 yards on 69 carries, lead by Jonathan Dwyer's 186 and 3 scores on 22 carries. Next up: Wake Forest, TBA. UP1
12 Southern Cal 6-2. WTF? Gave up 613 yards to Oregon. The Kid was 21/38 for just 187 yards in his first trip to Autzen Stadium and the Trojans only ran the ball 29 times for 140 yards. The loss was the worst since 1997. Next up: at Arizona State, 8:00. DOWN8
13 Pittsburgh 7-1. Bye Week. Face ND, at WVU and Cincy in their last 3 weeks of the season. Next up: Syracuse, Noon. UP2
14 Utah 7-1. Down 10-3 at the half, the Utes inserted freshman Jordan Wynn at QB and went on to outscore the Cowboys 19-0 in the second half. Eddie Wide ran for 135 yards on 24 carries, his 5th straight 100-yard performance. Next up: New Mexico, 6:00. UP2
15 Ohio State 7-2. Recorded their 3rd shutout of the year, downing NMSU 45-0. TP looked like he got dinged and sat out the 2nd half, while the 11W mancrushes on Jordan Hall and Brian Rolle continue to grow. The defense gave up 62 total yards and created 3 TO's. Next up: at #10 Penn State, 3:30. UP4
16 Miami (Florida) 6-2. Scored 14 points in the final quarter, including the game winner with 1:08 left to beat Wake 28-27. Jacory Harris threw for 330 yards, but the 'Canes managed only 26 yards on the ground, thanks to Harris's -44 yards tally. Next up: Virgina, TBA. UP2
17 Houston 7-1. Held off Southern Miss., to win 50-43. Case Keenum found Patrick Edwards for a 28-yard strike with 21 seconds left for the winning score. Keenum ended the day 44/54 for 559 yards and 5 TD's. Next up: at Tulsa, 7:30. UP3
18 Oklahoma 5-3. Downed Kansas State, 42-30 on the strength of Landry Jones's 294 yards passing and 4 TD's. Next up: at Nebraska, TBA. UP5
19 Arizona 5-2. Bye Week. Next up: Washington State, 3:30. UP2
20 Notre Dame 6-2. The Irish found their running game against weak WSU and won 40-14 in a primetime tilt at San Antonio. Robert Hughes ran for a career high 131 yards on 24 carries, while Jimmy Boy had 268 through the air. Next up: Navy, 2:30. UP5
21 Brigham Young 6-2. Bye Week. Next up: at Wyoming, 2:00. --
22 Oklahoma State 6-2. Got detroyed by Texas, 41-14. The Cowboys outgained the Longhorns 277-275, but turned it over 5 times, including 2 picks returned for TD's. Next up: at Iowa State, TBA. DOWN9
23 Wisconsin 6-2. Held Purdue to 141 total yards and 3 TO's in their 37-0 shutout victory. John Clay ran for 123 yards and 3 TD's on 24 carries and Lance Kendricks added 91 on 4 totes. Next up: Indiana, Noon. --
24 South Florida 6-2. Put on an impressive performance in the 30-19 upset win over WVU. B.J. Daniels threw for 232 and 3 scores, while also adding 104 on the ground. The Bulls defense held Noel Devine to 42 yards rushing. Next up: at Rutgers, 7:30 Thursday 11/12. --
25 California 6-2. Got a 24-yard FG with 21 seconds left, to pull out a 23-21 win at ASU. Kevin Riley lead the way with 27/44 for 351 yards and 2 TD's. Next up: Oregon State, 7:00. --

Dropped Out: Virginia Tech (#14), West Virginia (#17), South Carolina (#22), Central Michigan (#24). (Last Week's Ballot)