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2020 College Football Power Rankings (Week 9)

We are still awaiting the Pac-12’s return, but the top ten of this week’s college football power rankings finally had all ten teams that have at least been on the field this season.


1. Clemson Tigers (6-0) | Last week: 1

Syracuse hung around for much of the game, but Clemson pulled away and won by nearly four touchdowns on Saturday. Dabo Swinney was not a fan of negative questions from the media framing a game that they ended up winning handily as some super disappointing performance—Dabo is a positive person, and that helps get his players to buy in. The Tigers might silence any doubters with a great performance this Saturday against Boston College.


Next game: vs. Boston College; Sat, 10/31 at 12:00 PM ET


2. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) | Last week: 2

There was no letdown for the Crimson Tide after their huge win over Georgia a couple of Saturdays ago. Alabama surprisingly didn’t throw any touchdowns in the 48-17 victory over Tennessee, but Mac Jones was 25/31 and threw for 387 yards. The loss of ultra-fast receiver Jaylen Waddle to a broken ankle is a very tough blow, and we wish Waddle the best of luck on his recovery.


Next game: vs. Mississippi State; Sat, 10/31 at 7:00 PM ET


3. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) | Last week: 3

While the performance didn’t feel that overpowering, Ohio State rolled up 52 points on Nebraska to open the Big Ten season. Justin Fields went an efficient 20/21 passing, mostly targeting Garrett Wilson (seven receptions) and Chris Olave (six receptions) while working in tandem with a two-headed backfield of Master Teague and Oklahoma transfer Trey Sermon. This Saturday night’s Halloween showdown versus No. 18 Penn State isn’t quite as highly anticipated after the Nittany Lions’ loss (and with no “White Out” in Beaver Stadium).


Next game: at 18 Penn State; Sat, 10/31 at 7:30 PM ET


4. Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) | Last week: 4

After getting off last week, Georgia has an early road kickoff at Kentucky this Saturday. They obviously cannot look ahead to the Florida game in a couple of weeks.


Next game: at Kentucky; Sat, 10/31 at 12:00 PM ET


5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-0) | Last week: 6 (+1)

Notre Dame bounced back from a bit of a sluggish performance in their previous game, dominating with a 42-point victory at Pitt. The Fighting Irish will remain on the road this week against Georgia Tech, but No. 1 Clemson is on deck.


Next game: at Georgia Tech; Sat, 10/31 at 3:30 PM ET


6. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0) | Last week: 7 (+1)

Big 12 overall is actually playing stronger defense this year, and that charge is led by Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have given up just 12.0 points per game through four games, which is tied for eighth in the nation (and four of the teams ahead of them have played just one game). We’ll see how they fare this Saturday against Sam Ehlinger and Texas.


Next game: vs. Texas; Sat, 10/31 at 4:00 PM ET


7. Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0) | Last week: 8 (+1)

Cincinnati is right behind Oklahoma State in scoring defense, allowing just 12.5 points per game, with just five touchdowns allowed through four games—tied with Notre Dame for the fewest touchdowns allowed among teams that have played at least four games this season.


Next game: vs. Memphis; Sat, 10/31 at 12:00 PM ET


8. Florida Gators (2-1) | Last week: 9 (+1)

Florida is set to resume activities today after the COVID-19 outbreak within the program died down, so the Gators are at a bit of a disadvantage after having to pause their season. Missouri will be a challenge this Saturday.


Next game: vs. Missouri; Sat, 10/31 at 7:30 PM ET


9. BYU Cougars (6-0) | Last week: 10 (+1)

BYU continues to dominate their competition, and it feels like they’ll be a team that will continue to be tough to rank while they remain unbeaten. The Cougars are again big favorites this weekend against Western Kentucky.


Next game: vs. Western Kentucky; Sat, 10/31 at 10:15 PM ET


10. Wisconsin Badgers (1-0) | Last week: NR

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz had one of the best games of anyone in college football over the weekend, tossing five touchdowns (three to Jake Ferguson) and just one incompletion against Illinois. But Mertz has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, which could be huge in an abbreviated season. Hopefully Mertz is feeling OK and can get back with his teammates soon.


Next game: at Nebraska; Sat, 10/31 at 3:30 PM ET

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