Week 9 was dominated by great performances from the top five teams in the Leatherheads College Football Top 16. Alabama easily took care of Tennessee 45-10, Oregon trounced UCLA 42-14, FSU put a hurting on North Carolina State 49-17, Ohio State embarrassed Penn State 63-14 and Baylor spanked Kansas 59-14.
Last week’s number six team didn’t have such an easy go of it. Missouri took their first loss of the season against South Carolina and dropped to ten in the Top 16. The Gamecocks had something to prove and they did. They are still a team to be reckoned with in the SEC. Mizzou had the lead at halftime but let South Carolina come back, forcing two overtime periods with the game ending on a Mizzou missed field goal. The Gamecocks sit in the #15 spot in the poll.
While undefeated Missouri had to face South Carolina, undefeated Texas Tech had to face Oklahoma. The Sooners, led by quarterback Blake Bell and senior wide receiver Jalen Saunders, beat the Red Raiders 38-30. Texas Tech dropped in the poll from #9 to #14 while the Sooners rose from not being rated to the #11 spot.
Perhaps the biggest upset of Week 9 was Duke beating Virginia Tech 13-10. It was a game that included eight interceptions, four by each starting quarterback. The Hokies, ranked in the sixteenth spot last week, are no longer ranked.
Games to watch in Week 10 include Miami at Florida State, Oklahoma State at Texas Tech and Michigan at Michigan State.
Here are the rankings by Leatherheads of the Gridiron after Week 9:
Others receiving votes: Michigan State – 8, Northern Illinois – 5, Oklahoma State – 4, Louisville – 2, UCLA – 2.