By: Kristen Ashly
Movement in my top 25 was minimal this week. Only two teams dropped out of the list, the top seven remained exactly the same after a semi-quiet week, and just a few teams switched spots within the top 25. All of that should change next week; analysts expect full-on poll chaos as the ranked teams begin battling it out. Games on next week’s schedule include No. 7 Alabama vs. No. 4 LSU, No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 17 Florida State and No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 TCU.
After earning their first ranking in a national poll since 1979 two weeks ago, the Owls are still fighting to make their presence known. Temple was undefeated and ranked No. 21 until they fell to the Fighting Irish, but remains in the elite. Despite their first 7–0 start ever, the Owls, now 7–1, do not have a slew of remarkable wins this season. Victories over Penn State and Cincinnati were certainly solid but not program-defining.
This upcoming Week 10 could have major playoff implications. Prepare for the storm brewing.
Here is my full top 25 for Week 9:
1. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
8. Notre Dame
12. Oklahoma State
17. Florida State
19. Ole Miss
21. North Carolina
24. Mississippi State
25. Texas A&M
Kristen Ashly is an editor and contributor for Nuts & Bolts Sports. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @KristenAshly.