The biggest takeaway from every Top 25 team in action in Week 9, including Georgia and Florida who played the most-anticipated game of the weekend.
It was a bit of a quiet week in college football compared to the last two weeks. Last week saw No. 2 Ohio State upset by Purdue in one of the wildest outcomes of the season to this point. The week before that saw so much carnage with four teams in the Top 10, including then-No. 2 Georgia upset.
With three of the top five teams idle and four of the top 10 off this week, there weren’t as many fireworks as they are on most Saturdays. Having said that, the middle class and the fringe Top 25 teams had poor weeks as 10 AP Top 25 teams lost.
Alabama and LSU had the week off as they prep for this coming Saturday’s showdown in Death Valley. Michigan was off after their big win over Michigan State. Ohio State nursed their wounds. UCF took a week off from extending the nation’s longest winning streak. However, that didn’t leave us without plenty left to talk about the Top 25 after the Week 9 slate of games.
After Oregon lost to Arizona, that meant 11 ranked teams lost. With five teams on a bye, that means, the Top 25 went 9-11.
Takeaways for every Top 25 team after Week 9
1. Alabama – Idle. Crimson Tide will take on LSU in Death Valley on Saturday. The winner will be in the driver’s seat for the SEC Championship Game, and if Alabama wins, they might guarantee a berth in the College Football Playoff and have insurance should they lose the SEC Championship Game. I’m not saying they will, but a win vs. LSU gives them that insurance policy.
2. Clemson (W 59-10 Florida State) – The top challenger to Alabama embarrassed Florida State to give them a tie for the worst loss in their program history. The Tigers should be running the ACC for the next few years, especially with Trevor Lawrence getting better every week. The freshman quarterback threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns. He’s a future Heisman winner and potential 2021 No. 1 pick.
3. Notre Dame (W 44-22 Navy) – The Fighting Irish were barely tested against a bad Navy team. But looking ahead to next week, could Notre Dame get tripped up at Big Ten West-leading Northwestern? That would be something alright. Expect Brian Kelly to have his team ready for the upset-minded Wildcats.
4. LSU – Idle. The Bayou Bengals had the week off as they rest up and get healthy as they host Alabama on Saturday night. A win for LSU puts them one giant step closer toward the SEC West title.
5. Michigan – Idle. The Wolverines passed a big test last Saturday with their win over Michigan State. Coupled with Ohio State’s loss to Purdue, the Wolverines control their destiny in the Big Ten. They’ll have another big test next Saturday when they host Penn State. If they win that game, they should enter The Game with their championship lives on the line.