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2009 Week 8 College Football Top 25
(Current Rankings After Week 7 - From 10/18 to 10/25/2009)

The Bankroll Sports Staff Writers' Week 8 NCAA Football Top 25 Rankings After Week Seven of the 2009 College Football Season.

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Below you will find the Bankroll Sports columnists' acheived NCAA football top 25 rankings from after the seventh week of the 2009 college football season. These are the official Bankroll Sports NCAA Football top 25 rankings following the week 7 games. Check out our College Football Top 25 Index Page for the current national polls as well as the the current Bankroll Sports Writers' rankings after this week's games. Thanks for visiting Bankroll Sports.

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1. Florida Gators (6-0) - The Florida Gators narrowly escaped on Saturday with a 23-20 home victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. In the win, the Gators used a Caleb Sturgis 27 yard field goal to seal the deal. Quarterback Tim Tebow completed 17 of 26 passes for 255 yards in the game. Florida turned the ball over four times; all fumbles. The Gators are now 6-0 overall, and 4-0 within the SEC - East. South Carolina and Georgia both have two losses and trail in the standings. Florida remains the # 1 team in the land, ahead of Texas and Alabama. The Gators will take their unbeaten record on the road on Saturday when they play at Mississippi State.

2. Texas Longhorns (6-0) - The Longhorns picked up their sixth win of the season Saturday, a 16-13 win over Oklahoma. The Longhorns looked uninspired at times, and were playing a Sooners team that was without quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford left the game in the first quarter with yet another shoulder injury. The Longhorns only received 127 passing yards from Heisman hopeful quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy turned the ball twice, fighting a cold, and a finger injury. The Longhorns are now 3-0 in the Big 12 - South, ahead of Oklahoma State. The Longhorns will play two straight tough road games, starting Saturday at Missouri, followed by an October 31st trip to Oklahoma State. Texas remains # 2, just ahead of Alabama in the Top 25.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0) - The Crimson Tide won their seventh straight game to start the season on Saturday evening. Alabama yielded just six points in a 14 point victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Alabama has now allowed just 37 points in their last four games; all wins. Alabama is on top of the SEC - West division with a 4-0 mark, ahead of 3-1 LSU. The Crimson Tide will host the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24th, in an effort to remain unbeaten. Alabama remains # 3 overall in the Top 25.

4. USC Trojans (5-1) - The Trojans used 380 yards from quarterback Matt Barkley to pick up a 34-27 road win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The win for USC allowed them to move up one position from # 5 to # 4. Joe McKnight, the USC top running back rushed 19 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. The Trojans have now won three straight since their road loss at Washington. The Trojans now feel they are back in the hunt for the national title. USC, with their one loss inside the Pac Ten, still trail Oregon, who is 3-0. USC will host Oregon State on October 24th and play at Oregon on Halloween evening.

5. Cincinnati Bearcats (6-0) - The Bearcats entered the top five, from their post at # 7 last week. Cincinnati was an impressive 34-17 winner on Thursday over the previously unbeaten South Florida Bulls. The Bearcats used a 75 yard rush from their back-up quarterback Zach Callaros, who replaced starter Tony Pike after an injury. Pike was just 12 for 25 for 140 yards 2 touchdowns. Callaros came in and passed for 72 yards, and rushed for 132 yards in the win. Cincinnati is 6-0 on the season, 2-0 within the Big East. Cincinnati will host Louisville on Saturday, in hopes to keep their unbeaten, and national title hopes alive.

6. Boise State Broncos (6-0) – The Boise State Broncos picked up a 28-21 win on Wednesday night over the Tulsa Hurricanes. Many feel the win for Boise State was very unimpressive, possibly moving them down in the rankings. The Broncos used 112 rushing yards from Doug Martin, and 187 passing yards from Kellen Moore in the win. Boise State is now 6-0, and 1-0 within the Western Athletic Conference. The Broncos, along with Idaho and Nevada are all unbeaten. Despite the win, Boise State dropped two spots, below both Cincinnati and USC, from # 4 to # 6.

7. Iowa Hawkeyes (7-0) - The Iowa Hawkeyes remain unbeaten on Saturday, with yet another impressive road victory. This time, the victim was the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, before the Hawkeyes stormed back and scored the final 20 points of the game. Quarterback Ricky completed all but six passes, throwing for 218 yards and a touchdown. The Hawkeyes are now the lone Big Ten team without a loss, after Ohio State was upset at Purdue. Iowa will look to extend their winning streak on Saturday when they play their second straight road game - this time in East Lansing against the Michigan State Spartans.

8. TCU Horned Frogs (6-0) - The Horned Frogs rallied from a 6-0 deficit early to score the last 44 points and dismantle the Colorado State Rams; 44-6. Andy Dalton completed 16 of 24 passes for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns. The TCU defense squandered just 182 total yards of offense to the Rams. The Horned Frogs are unbeaten in Mountain West Conference play, along with Brigham Young and Utah. TCU remains # 8 in the rankings with their win. The Horned Frogs will play at Brigham Young on Saturday.

9. LSU Tigers (5-1) - The LSU Tigers used the weekend off to rebound from the 13-3 loss at the hands of Florida last week. During the bye week, the Tigers did not move up or down in the rankings. The Tigers will now play two straight home games. On October 24th the Tigers will host Auburn and October 31st, non conference opponent Tulane will invade town.

10. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-1) - The Cowboys stayed up late in the night Saturday evening to pick up a Big 12 win 33-17 over the Missouri Tigers. Oklahoma State used three Dan Bailey second half field goals to pad the lead, and later seal the deal for the win. The Cowboys, playing without top receiver Dez Bryant got 229 passing yards from quarterback Zach Robinson. Oklahoma State is now tied with Texas at the top of the Big 12 South. Texas is 3-0, while the Cowboys are 2-0. Everyone else in the conference has at least one loss. Since the 45-35 loss to Houston, the Cowboys have scored 33 or more points in all four games. The Cowboys will play at Baylor on Saturday, looking to keep their unbeaten conference season alive. Oklahoma State moved back into the top 10 with the win, up one spot from last week; at # 11.

11. Oregon Ducks (5-1) - The Oregon Ducks were able to use the weekend to rest, following their 24-10 win over UCLA. The Ducks, who lost their season opener at Boise State have rallied off five straight wins. The Ducks are the lone undefeated team within the Pac-Ten, leading several teams with one loss, including USC and Washington. The Ducks will face the Huskies and Trojans in back to back weeks. Saturday, Oregon will travel to Washington, and then on Halloween night the Ducks will host the Trojans. Oregon moved up one position from # 12 to # 11.

12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-1) - The hottest team in the country right now may be the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech ended the national title hopes of the Hokies of Virginia Tech on Saturday with a 28-23 win. The Yellow Jackets have won four straight games, after their disappointing 33-17 loss at Miami on September 17th. In the win on Saturday, quarterback Josh Nesbitt rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets are now 4-1 within the ACC - Coastal Division with the Virginia Cavaliers leading, with their 2-0 record. Georgia Tech and Virginia will square off next Saturday at Virginia. The Yellow Jackets move up two positions from # 14 to # 12 with the win.

13. Utah Utes (5-1) - The Utes picked up their fifth win of the season on Sunday; 35-15 over UNLV. In the win, quarterback Terrance Cain threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another. The win was the 600th in school history for Utah. The Utes are tied with Brigham Young and TCU at the top of the Mountain West Conference. Utah will host Air Force on Saturday, in yet another MWC game.

14. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) - The Nittany Lions blanked the Minnesota Golden Gophers in cold snowy Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions limited the Gophers offense to just 37 rushing yards in the win. Darryl Clark completed 21 of 32 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown, while Evan Royster ran for a team high 137 yards. The win for Penn State allowed them to move up four positions from # 18 to # 14. The Nittany Lions are now tied with Ohio State and Michigan State in second place in the Big Ten. All those teams trail the conference leading Iowa Hawkeyes(3-0). The Nittany Lions will play the next two games on the road; both conference games, starting Saturday at Michigan, followed by Halloween at Northwestern.

15. Virginia Tech Hokies (5-2) - The Hokies national title hopes took a major hit on Saturday in their 28-23 loss to Georgia Tech. The Hokies allowed Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt to run for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Virginia Tech, with the loss snapped their five game winning streak, after falling in week one to Alabama. The Hokies are now tied with three other teams, for second place, with one loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference - Coastal Division. The Virginia Cavaliers lead the conference with a 2-0 record. The Hokies are now off until October 29th when they host the North Carolina Tar Heels. With the loss, the Hokies drop from # 13 to # 15.

16. Miami Hurricanes (5-1) - The Hurricanes picked up their fifth win of the season Saturday, beating state rival Central Florida 27-7. In the win, quarterback Jacory Harris survived six sacks to completed 20 of 26 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown. The Hurricanes lone loss in 2009 came on September 26th at Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes are tied with three others, a game behind Virginia in the ACC - Coastal Division. The win for Miami allowed them to slide up three positions from # 19 to # 16. Miami will host Clemson on Saturday.

17. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2) - The Buckeyes national title chances, and possibly their Big Ten chances were taken down by the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday. The Buckeyes were not able to capitalize late in the game, and came away 26-18 losers. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor struggled, completing just 17 of 31 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown. Pryor also threw two interceptions. The Buckeyes also lost three fumbles in the loss. The loss for Ohio State dropped them 11 positions from # 6 to # 17. The Buckeyes will host Minnesota and New Mexico State in the next two weekends.

18. Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-2) - Texas Tech was a very impressive 31-10 winner of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. With the win, Texas Tech was able to move back into the top 20, from # 21 to # 18. Steven Sheffield continued to impress as the back-up quarterback for the Red Raiders. Sheffield passed for a touchdown and ran for two others. The Red Raiders only put up 25 rushing yards in the win, but limited the Cornhuskers to just 70. Texas Tech forced Nebraska to turn the ball over twice. The Red Raiders will now play their next two games at home, starting Saturday with Texas A+M, followed by a Halloween game with the Kansas Jay Hawks.

19. Brigham Young Cougars (6-1) – The Cougars made the four team improvement from # 23 to # 19, picking up their sixth win of the season on Saturday. The Cougars outscored San Diego State 38-28. Brigham Young has scored at least 35 points in their last four games, following their 54-28 loss to Florida State. In Saturday’s win, quarterback Max Hall threw for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rushing for another. The win for the Cougars was their eighth win in the last nine games against San Diego State. The Cougars are now 6-1 overall, 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference. That undefeated record is tied with both Utah and TCU. The Cougars will host the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday.

20. West Virginia Mountaineers (5-1) - The Mountaineers moved from # 25 last week to # 20 this week with their 24-7 win over Marshall. In the win, Noel Devine rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns. The Thundering Herd scored the first touchdown of the game, in the first quarter, but then the Mountaineers scored the last 24 points of the game. The win for West Virginia was their third straight since a September 19th loss at Auburn. The Mountaineers will play their last six games of the season against Big East competition. The Mountaineers are one of three teams left with an unbeaten record in conference play. West Virginia will host Connecticut on Saturday.

21. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-2) - The Fighting Irish were not able to complete the 20 point comeback on Saturday, falling 34-27 at the hands of the USC Trojans. Notre Dame had two chances in the final seconds to tie the game, but came up short. Notre Dame, with the loss, actually was able to move up one position from # 22 to # 21. Jimmy Clausen threw the ball 43 times, completing 24 of them for 260 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss. The Fighting Irish used Golden Tate to catch 8 passes, for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns. Notre Dame is now 4-2 overall, with their other loss coming to Michigan. The Fighting Irish will host the Boston College Eagles on Saturday, followed by a home game with Washington State on Halloween Day.

22. Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-2) - The Cornhuskers fall six spots from # 16 to # 22 with their 31-10 home loss at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Cornhuskers allowed the Red Raiders to score the first 21 points of the game, and were never able to crawl back into it. Zach Lee, the quarterback for Nebraska, did not throw for a touchdown, passing for 128 yards. With the loss, Nebraska is now tied with three other teams at the top of the Big 12 North. The Cornhuskers will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday when they host the Iowa State Cyclones.

23. Kansas Jay Hawks (5-1) - Kansas drops six spots in the Top 25 after picking up their first loss of the 2009 season, 34-30 to the Colorado Buffaloes. Tyler Hanson came in, in his first start for the Buffaloes and completed 14 of 25 passes for 175 yards, a touchdown and an interception. For Kansas, Todd Reesing completed 29 of 51 passes for 404 yards and 2 touchdowns. The loss for the Jay Hawks hurt their chances in the Big 12 North, falling from leading the division to tied with three others with a loss. Kansas State, Colorado and Nebraska all have one loss. The Jay Hawks will not get it any easier on Saturday when they host a Bob Stoopes led Oklahoma Sooners team coming off a rivalry loss to Texas. The Jay Hawks will then play at Texas Tech and Kansas State, before hosting Nebraska and Texas, and then hosting Missouri the rest of the way out.

24. Houston Cougars (5-1) - The Cougars climb back into the Top 25, after being unranked last week. The Cougars picked up a 44-16 win over the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday evening. Case Keenum threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns, without turning the ball over in the win. Houston has now won two straight after their October 3rd loss at UTEP. The Cougars, with the win, crawled back into the Conference USA - West Division race, now at 1-1. Southern Methodist leads the conference with a 2-0 mark. The Cougars and Mustangs will meet in Houston on Saturday.

25. Pittsburgh Panthers (6-1) - The Panthers entered the top 25 this week, after being unranked last week. Pittsburgh was able to go on the road and beat Rutgers 24-17 on Friday evening. In the win, quarterback Bill Stull threw for 153 yards. Stull was not the main story for the Pittsburgh offense. Freshman running back Dion Lewis ran for a career high 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. The win for Pittsburgh was their first over Rutgers since the 2004 season. The Panthers are tied at the top of the Big East standings, tied with Cincinnati. Pittsburgh will host the South Florida Bulls on Saturday, in another key Big East tilt.

Others in Consideration:

Michigan Wolverines (5-2) - Beat Delaware State 63-3
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-1)- Beat W. Michigan 34-23.
Idaho Vandals (6-1) - Beat Hawaii 35-23

Dropped out from last week:

Oklahoma Sooners (3-3)
South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2)


















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