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Who Needs A Blogpoll Week Nine: Survive And Advance

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It was an ugly week for contenders as many were looking ahead to allegedly more important games.

Hawkeyes fly, didn't you know?
Hawkeyes fly, didn't you know?
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Every season there is a week where contenders struggle against overmatched competition, usually as they prepare for rivals or meaningful conference games Week Nine was just such a week, although the national landscape did not significantly change as Clemson, Stanford and Notre Dame all survived ugly efforts. This week should be a good one, though, as we have several wonderful games that start to narrow the playoff picture: Oklahoma State-TCU, Clemson-FSU, and Alabama-LSU among them.

Here is this week's Who Needs A Blogpoll. It is fairly self-explanatory, although I did generally dock the PAC12 for being an overvalued butt-like substance all season and promoted the Big Ten somewhat, because I suspect the top third is a little better than people give them credit for.

As usual, I don't think the B12 is actually worth a damn.

Rank

Team

Last Week

1

Clemson Tigers

1

2

LSU Tigers

2

3

Ohio State Buckeyes

3

4

Alabama Crimson Tide

4

5

Michigan State Spartans

7

6

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

5

7

Florida Gators

9

8

Iowa Hawkeyes

11

9

Stanford Cardinal

6

10

Baylor Bears

9

11

Oklahoma Sooners

13

12

TCU Horned Frogs

12

13

Utah Utes

10

14

Memphis Tigers

14

15

Oklahoma State Cowboys

15

16

Ole Miss Rebels

16

17

Florida State Seminoles

18

18

Michigan Wolverines

17

19

UNC Tarheels

21

20

Toledo Rockets

20

21

Houston Cougars

23

22

Texas A&M Aggies

24

23

UCLA Bruins

25

24

Wisconsin Badgers

-

25

Mississippi State Bulldogs

-

Dropped Out: Duke Blue Devils, Temple Owls, Pittsburgh Panthers

Also considered: Temple Owls