With Florida's blowout win over Georgia, the Gators climb into the top four of the college football Power Rankings after Week 9.

By Colin Becht
November 03, 2015

Hey, we’ve finally got rankings that sort of actually matter. No, not these ones. But whether you agree with the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings Tuesday night or not (and you probably won’t), the unveiling of the rankings means we’ve arrived at the portion of the season when playoff speculation isn’t just an idle waste of time—even if the only rankings that really matter are the ones at the end of the regular season.

With some major showdowns this weekend, the Big 12’s contenders finally starting to play one another, and rivalry week on the horizon, the stage is set for an awesome month of football. Here’s where things stand heading into it:

•​ NADKARNI: Three thoughts on AP poll after Week 9 | Complete AP Top 25

1
Clemson Tigers
1
8–0
Next week: Saturday vs. Florida State
2
LSU Tigers
2
7–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday at Alabama
3
Baylor Bears
3
7–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Thursday at Kansas State
4
Florida Gators
8
7–1
Last week: Beat Georgia 27-3 Next week: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
5
Alabama Crimson Tide
4
7–1
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. LSU • STAPLES: Florida in control of SEC East
6
Ohio State Buckeyes
5
8–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Minnesota
7
TCU Horned Frogs
6
8–0
Last week: Beat West Virginia 40-10 Next week: Saturday at Oklahoma State
8
Michigan State Spartans
7
8–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday at Nebraska
9
Iowa Hawkeyes
9
8–0
Last week: Beat Maryland 31-15 Next week: Saturday at Indiana
10
Stanford Cardinal
11
7–1
Last week: Beat Washington State 30-28 Next week: Saturday at Colorado • ELLIS: Biggest takeaways from Week 9
11
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
14
7–1
Last week: Beat Temple 24-20 Next week: Saturday at Pitt
12
Utah Utes
10
7–1
Last week: Beat Oregon State 27-12 Next week: Saturday at Washington
13
Memphis Tigers
12
8–0
Last week: Beat Tulane 41-13 Next week: Saturday vs. Navy
14
Oklahoma State Cowboys
13
8–0
Last week: Beat Texas Tech 70-53 Next week: Saturday vs. TCU
15
Ole Miss Rebels
16
7–2
Last week: Beat Auburn 27-19 Next week: Saturday vs. Arkansas • KRASNOO: Playoff bubble watch
16
Michigan Wolverines
15
6–2
Last week: Beat Minnesota 29-26 Next week: Saturday vs. Rutgers
17
Oklahoma Sooners
17
7–1
Last week: Beat Kansas 62-7 Next week: Saturday vs. Iowa State
18
Houston Cougars
18
8–0
Last week: Beat Vanderbilt 34-0 Next week: Saturday vs. Cincinnati
19
Toledo Rockets
20
7–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Tuesday vs. Northern Illinois
20
North Carolina Tar Heels
7–1
Last week: Beat Pitt 26-19 Next week: Saturday vs. Duke • ELLIS: UNC gets statement win over Pitt
21
Florida State Seminoles
22
7–1
Last week: Beat Syracuse 45-21 Next week: Saturday at Clemson
22
Northwestern Wildcats
24
6–2
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Penn State
23
Texas A&M Aggies
25
6–2
Last week: Beat South Carolina 35-28 Next week: Saturday vs. Auburn
24
Temple Owls
23
7–1
Last week: Lost to Notre Dame 24-20 Next week: Friday at SMU
25
Wisconsin Badgers
7–2
Last week: Beat Rutgers 48-10 Next week: Saturday at Maryland

Dropped out: Pittsburgh, Duke
Next five: Mississippi State, USC, Duke, UCLA, Pittsburgh

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