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A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

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P.S.R. 1-120: Week 9 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. Now that we’re more than halfway through the season, everything is falling into place. I think so, at least.

The Top 25

1. Oregon (7-0, 4-0)
Poor U.C.L.A. — the Bruins never stood a chance.
2. Boise State (6-0, 2-0)
After a bye, look for the Broncos on Tuesday night.
3. Auburn (8-0, 5-0)
Cam Newton continues to impress on a weekly basis.
4. T.C.U. (8-0, 4-0)
Only two more weeks until the trip to Utah.
5. Michigan State (8-0, 4-0)
The Spartans survived a classic trap game.
6. Missouri (7-0, 3-0)
Fresh off the biggest win in years, Missouri gets Nebraska.
7. Wisconsin (7-1, 3-1)
Back-to-back enormous wins for the Badgers.
8. Utah (7-0, 4-0)
Only two more weeks until T.C.U. comes to town.
9. Alabama (7-1, 4-1)
Beating Tennessee feels good, even if U.T. is awful.
10. Oklahoma (6-1, 2-1)
At least the Sooners beat Iowa State, right?
11. Nebraska (6-1, 2-1)
The Cornhuskers always play far better on the road.
12. Stanford (6-1, 3-1)
The Cardinal should beat W.S.U. by more than 10 points.
13. L.S.U. (7-1, 4-1)
The Tigers hung close, but the magic had to end at some point.
14. Ohio State (7-1, 3-1)
A 49-0 win could have been by much, much more.
15. Florida State (6-1, 4-0)
After a bye, F.S.U. heads to N.C. State on Thursday.
16. Arizona (6-1, 3-1)
No Foles, no problem, at least on Saturday night.
17. Arkansas (5-2, 2-2)
In terms of its defeats, the best two-loss team in the country.
18. Iowa (5-2, 2-1)
Kirk Ferentz must be disappointed with Saturday’s finish.
19. South Carolina (5-2, 3-2)
The Gamecocks recover, winning ugly at Vanderbilt.
20. Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-0)
As predicted in September, the Hokies are now 6-2.
21. U.S.C. (5-2, 2-2)
Might most of America be rooting for Lane Kiffin on Saturday?
22. Oklahoma State (6-1, 2-1)
The Cowboys lost to a pretty good team, even if at home.
23. Miami (Fla.) (5-2, 3-1)
The Hurricanes bounced back in a big, big way.
24. Nevada (6-1, 1-1)
That win over California remains pretty impressive.
25. Mississippi State (6-2, 2-2)
The Bulldogs survived against U.A.B., but barely.

The Rest

26. Michigan (5-2, 1-2)
27. Northern Illinois (6-2, 4-0)
28. Navy (5-2, 0-0)
29. Baylor (6-2, 3-1)
30. Temple (5-2, 2-1)
31. Hawaii (6-2, 4-0)
32. West Virginia (5-2, 1-1)
33. N.C. State (5-2, 2-1)
34. Air Force (5-3, 3-2)
35. Northwestern (5-2, 1-2)
36. Florida (4-3, 2-3)
37. Oregon State (3-3, 2-1)
38. Penn State (4-3, 1-2)
39. Kansas State (5-2, 2-2)
40. East Carolina (5-2, 4-0)
41. Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-0)
42. Clemson (4-3, 2-2)
43. Georgia Tech (5-3, 3-2)
44. North Carolina (4-3, 2-2)
45. Syracuse (5-2, 2-1)
46. Texas (4-3, 2-2)
47. California (4-3, 2-2)
48. U.C.F. (5-2, 3-0)
49. Southern Mississippi (5-2, 2-1)
50. San Diego State (5-2, 2-1)
51. Illinois (4-3, 2-2)
52. Fresno State (5-2, 3-1)
53. Houston (4-3, 3-1)
54. Texas A&M (4-3, 1-2)
55. Texas Tech (4-3, 2-3)
56. Maryland (5-2, 2-1)
57. Georgia (4-4, 3-3)
58. Notre Dame (4-4, 0-0)
59. Troy (4-2, 3-0)
60. Rutgers (4-3, 1-1)
61. Purdue (4-3, 2-1)
62. Tulsa (4-3, 2-2)
63. S.M.U. (4-4, 3-1)
64. Ohio (5-3, 3-1)
65. Iowa State (4-4, 2-2)
66. Mississippi (3-4, 1-3)
67. Washington (3-4, 2-2)
68. Toledo (5-3, 4-0)
69. Kentucky (4-4, 1-4)
70. South Florida (4-2, 1-2)
71. Army (4-3, 0-0)
72. Idaho (4-3, 1-1)
73. Arizona State (3-4, 1-3)
74. Middle Tennessee (3-4, 2-1)
75. Cincinnati (3-4, 1-1)
76. U.C.L.A. (3-4, 1-3)
77. Louisville (4-3, 1-1)
78. Connecticut (3-4, 0-2)
79. Colorado (3-4, 0-3)
80. B.Y.U. (3-5, 1-2)
81. Indiana (4-3, 0-3)
82. Louisiana Tech (3-4, 2-1)
83. Western Michigan (3-4, 2-1)
84. Tulane (3-4, 1-2)
85. UTEP (5-3, 2-3)
86. Boston College (2-5, 0-4)
87. Vanderbilt (2-5, 1-3)
88. Virginia (3-4, 0-3)
89. Wake Forest (2-5, 1-3)
90. Miami (Ohio) (4-4, 3-1)
91. Arkansas State (3-5, 3-2)
92. Kent State (3-4, 2-2)
93. Tennessee (2-5, 0-4)
94. La.-Monroe (3-4, 2-2)
95. Florida International (2-4, 2-0)
96. Central Michigan (2-6, 1-4)
97. U.A.B. (2-5, 1-1)
98. Wyoming (2-6, 0-4)
99. Rice (2-6, 1-3)
100. Utah State (2-5, 0-3)
101. Buffalo (2-5, 1-2)
102. Kansas (2-5, 0-3)
103. Duke (1-6, 0-4)
104. Colorado State (2-6, 1-3)
105. La.-Lafayette (2-5, 2-3)
106. Florida Atlantic (1-5, 0-3)
107. Marshall (1-6, 0-3)
108. Ball State (2-6, 1-3)
109. Minnesota (1-7, 0-4)
110. New Mexico State (1-6, 0-3)
111. Western Kentucky (1-6, 1-2)
112. U.N.L.V. (1-6, 1-2)
113. Bowling Green (1-7, 0-4)
114. Eastern Michigan (1-7, 1-3)
115. North Texas (1-6, 1-3)
116. Washington State (1-7, 0-4)
117. Memphis (1-6, 0-4)
118. San Jose State (1-7, 0-3)
119. Akron (0-8, 0-4)
120. New Mexico (0-7, 0-3)

Previous rankings

Week 8 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 7 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 6 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 5 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 4 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 3 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 2 rankings Boise State, No. 1
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Comments

  1. DMK says:

    Auburn has to be in the top 2. Cam would run for 400 yds against Boise.

    Oregon vs. Auburn would be the weirdest game ever.

    Hope Bama keeps it from happening. Dareus might have to break another arm, though.

  2. Zaboo says:

    Boise has to be in the top 2. Moore would pass for 400 yds against Auburn.

    And that’s conservative. Auburn’s defense is substantially worse than Boise’s.

  3. Bob J says:

    Here’s my take on the top ten, based on actual play this season: TCU, Oregon, Boise State, Utah, Missouri, Michigan State, Auburn, Ohio State, Alabama, Nebraska.

    Odd, but that’s the way the formula works. It has a strength of schedule factor that grows as the season progresses. That will knock down TCU, Boise State, and Utah, even if they keep winning.

  4. SMD says:

    Illinois beats Indiana by 30 and falls a few spots. Northern Illinois and Penn State both lost to Illinois, and they are 24 and 13 spots above Illinois, respectively. Illinois’s only three losses are to teams in your top 15.

    I think you are still anchoring these too strongly from your initial expectations.

  5. Dave says:

    I’m a Boisie State fan, and want to see them get their shot, but why have them above TCU? They’ve beaten a lot of the same teams, by roughly the same score (not that I put much stock in that metric) and 8-0, regardless of conference, is a lot better than 6-0.

    Also, Boisie’s two impressive Fiesta Bowl wins notwithstanding, until it beats an SEC team, I think you have to rank Auburn ahead of them. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the SEC is the toughest conference to run the table in, bar none, and any undefeated SEC team deserves the nod, courtesy of those 4 x consecutive national titles.

  6. Bryan says:

    Wow, 116 again…im starting to get really disapointed with your rankings. Second hardest schedule in the country and they were competetive with Oregon, UCLA and Arizona and played Stanford to within 10 points last week. Please tell me anyone in the bottom 25 of your rankings would be able to do that…

  7. Rick says:

    I agree that Illinois is getting the shaft in these rankings. They lost close games to your #5, #6, and #14. The fact that Penn State and Northern Illinois are so high is disgusting.

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