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2013 Week 9 NCAA Football Top 25: The Tailgater Poll

Byron Marshall and the Ducks pulled away in the second half of their showdown with UCLA on Saturday to keep pace at the top of the rankings. [Chris Pietsch/Eugene Register-Guard]

Byron Marshall and the Ducks pulled away in the second half of their showdown with UCLA on Saturday to keep pace at the top of the rankings. [Chris Pietsch/Eugene Register-Guard]

There weren’t as many shakeups to the Top 25 this weekend, though there were several games that left teams falling out of the rankings and other teams earning their way back onto the list. Two teams fell out of the top ten, while the teams that defeated them either rose up into or consolidated their position within the ranks of the elite.

A battle in the western nether-regions of the Southeast shifted the fortunes for a few teams. Another showdown in the heart of the Great Plains turned the tide for two more schools. And a Pacific Northwest thriller raised — and then answered — a few more questions.

How did all of this affect the poll this week? Before we go any further, here’s how our ballots combined to form the Week 9 poll as we near Halloween and the final month of the 2013 regular season:

 

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Alabama (2) 74 1
2 Oregon (1) 73 2
3 Florida State 69 3
4 Ohio State 65 4
5 Baylor 64 5
6 Stanford 59 8
7 Miami (FL) 58 7
8 Oklahoma 49 14
9 Clemson 48 11
10 Missouri 45 6
10 Auburn 45 13
12 Texas Tech 40 9
13 Fresno State 39 12
14 UCF 38 14
15 Wisconsin 33 17
16 Northern Illinois 30 18
17 LSU 26 19
18 Michigan State 22 20
19 Oklahoma State 21 25
20 UCLA 19 10
21 Texas A&M 15 20
21 South Carolina 15 27
23 Louisville 12 23
24 Arizona State 7 22
25 Houston 4 NR
25 BYU 4 28

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Michigan (1)

 

An early upset by Minnesota dropped Nebraska completely from our ballots this week, the Cornhuskers’ defeat clearing up the Legends Division of the Big Ten a little bit more. Teams like UCF and Houston kept themselves ahead of Louisville in the AAC race. By and large, it was shaping up like a relatively vanilla weekend for college football.

Then Oklahoma dealt Texas Tech its first loss to change the complexion of the Big 12 picture. Connor Shaw came off the bench to lead South Carolina to a come-from-behind overtime upset of Missouri that gave the Gamecocks new life in the SEC East. And Duke upset the Hokies, making the ACC even more of a two-horse race that should be settled next weekend.

Then there was UCLA, who kept level with Oregon for a half in Autzen Stadium. For a moment, it looked like more seismic activity was ready to obliterate the Top 25 yet again. But the Duck defense clamped down on the Bruins in the second half and the offense finally forced the mascot to do some pushups. It left the top five spots unchanged, the entirety of the restructuring occurring from 6-25.

That said, you’ve probably got a different opinion than us. With the spirit of contention in mind, you will find our individual ballots below. Leave your personal picks, acrimonious invective, base insults, insulting suggestions, or belligerent rants down  in the comments below. You’re also always welcome to hit up any of us on Twitter to offer a piece of your mind… even if we’ve left you feeling like this guy:

 

ZACH BIGALKE
@zbigalke

MATT STROBL
@mmstrobl

JOHN MITCHELL
@jlmitchell93

  1. Oregon
  2. Alabama
  3. Florida State
  4. Baylor
  5. Ohio State
  6. Miami (FL)
  7. Stanford
  8. Clemson
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Fresno State
  11. Northern Illinois
  12. UCF
  13. Auburn
  14. Wisconsin
  15. UCLA
  16. Texas Tech
  17. Missouri
  18. Oklahoma State
  19. LSU
  20. South Carolina
  21. Arizona State
  22. BYU
  23. Louisville
  24. Michigan State
  25. Houston
  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Baylor
  6. Stanford
  7. Miami (FL)
  8. Missouri
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Texas Tech
  11. Auburn
  12. Clemson
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Fresno State
  15. UCF
  16. Michigan State
  17. Oklahoma State
  18. Northern Illinois
  19. LSU
  20. Texas A&M
  21. UCLA
  22. Louisville
  23. South Carolina
  24. Houston
  25. Michigan
  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Baylor
  6. Stanford
  7. Miami (FL)
  8. Missouri
  9. Auburn
  10. Clemson
  11. Oklahoma
  12. Texas Tech
  13. UCF
  14. LSU
  15. Fresno State
  16. Michigan State
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Northern Illinois
  20. South Carolina
  21. Louisville
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. UCLA
  24. Arizona State
  25. Houston

 

Zach Bigalke

About the Author: Zach Bigalke

Zach is a historian and author who has been covering sports near and far for various publications since 2006. Formerly the managing editor of Informative Sports and Global Turnstile, he has also been featured at Helium, FanSided, the Portland State Vanguard and other online publications and is the author of three books, including "Dispatches from Vancouver: A Non-Traditional Sports Fan in America's View of the XXI Winter Olympiad". He currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. Follow him at Twitter @zbigalke; for more info on his books, visit Amazon.