• Michigan's victory over Michigan State boosts the Wolverines up to No. 3 in SI's Power Rankings after Week 9 while Ohio State drops to No. 7 after its sloppy win over Northwestern.
By Mike Fiammetta
October 31, 2016

Week 9 trimmed the number of undefeated teams from nine to five. Nebraska, West Virginia, Baylor and Boise State all went down, paving the way for a considerable amount of movement in the upper half of this week’s Power Rankings.

Key takeaways from the weekend include the elimination of the Big 12’s candidacy for the College Football Playoff (though the conference itself looks up for grabs) and the solidification of Clemson’s and Washington’s paths to the playoff, as well as Western Michigan’s path to the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six bowl spot.

In total, seven teams from last week’s rankings lost in Week 9. All but Tennessee remained in the top 25, as the Volunteers’ loss to South Carolina, one of the SEC’s two worst offenses, dropped them to 5–3 on the season.

Week 10 gets going early with the No. 16 Broncos bringing us some early-week #MACtion on Tuesday night. Alabama-LSU and Nebraska-Ohio State headline Saturday’s matchups, with other intriguing contests including Wisconsin-Northwestern, Florida-Arkansas and Washington-Cal

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1Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 1
record: 8–0

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday at LSU

2Clemson Tigers
last week: 2
record: 8–0

Last week: Beat Florida State 37-34
Next week: Saturday vs. Syracuse

3Michigan Wolverines
last week: 4
record: 8–0

Last week: Beat Michigan State 32-23
Next week: Saturday vs. Maryland

4Washington Huskies
last week: 3
record: 8–0

Last week: Beat Utah 31-24
Next week: Saturday at Cal

5Louisville Cardinals
last week: 5
record: 7–1

Last week: Beat Virginia 32-25
Next week: Saturday at Boston College

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6Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 9
record: 7–1

Last week: Beat New Mexico State 52-10
Next week: Saturday at Mississippi State

7Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 6
record: 7–1

Last week: Beat Northwestern 24-20
Next week: Saturday vs. Nebraska

8Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 10
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Nebraska 23-17
Next week: Saturday at Northwestern

9Auburn Tigers
last week: 14
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Ole Miss 40-29
Next week: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt

10Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: 7
record: 7-1

Last week: Lost to Wisconsin 23-17 in overtime
Next week: Saturday at Ohio State

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11Florida Gators
last week: 16
record: 6–1

Last week: Beat Georgia 24-10
Next week: Saturday at Arkansas

12Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 15
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Kansas 56-3
Next week: Thursday at Iowa State

13LSU Tigers
last week: 19
record: 5-2

Last week: Beat Ole Miss 38-21
Next week: Saturday vs. Alabama

14Utah Utes
last week: 17
record: 7-2
15West Virginia Mountaineers
last week: 8
record: 6-1

Last week: Lost to Oklahoma State 37-20
Next week: Saturday vs. Kansas

16Western Michigan Broncos
last week: 20
record: 8-0

Last week: Off
Next week: Tuesday at Ball State

17Baylor Bears
last week: 11
record: 6–1

Baylor set forth its weakest defensive effort of the season against Texas, allowing 7.61 yards per play, and now the Big 12 is without a playoff candidate. Like West Virginia, the Bears’ soft schedule is about to finally heat up over the final month-plus of the season.

Last week: Lost to Texas 35-34
Next week: Saturday vs. TCU

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18North Carolina Tar Heels
last week: 22
record: 6–2

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday vs. Georgia Tech

19Florida State Seminoles
last week: 12
record: 5–3

Last week: Lost to Clemson 37-34
Next week: Saturday at NC State

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20Boise State Broncos
last week: 13
record: 7-1

Last week: Lost to Wyoming 30-28
Next week: Friday vs. San Jose State

21Penn State Nittany Lions
last week: 24
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Purdue 62-24
Next week: Saturday vs. Iowa

22Colorado Buffaloes
last week: 21
record: 6–2

Last week: Off
Next week: Thursday vs. UCLA

23Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: NR
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat West Virginia 37-20
Next week: Saturday at Kansas State

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24Virginia Tech Hokies
last week: 25
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Pittsburgh 39-36
Next week: Saturday at Duke

25Washington State Cougars
last week: 23
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Oregon State 35-31
Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona

Dropped out: Tennessee
Next five: Houston, South Florida, USC, San Diego State, Troy

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