With a handful of unbeaten teams on the road, we knew the college football rankings could get a shake-up this week. And that’s what we’ll get on Sunday afternoon, because Week 9 didn’t disappoint.
No. 4 Washington survived on the road against No. 17 Utah. No. 6 Ohio State didn’t look its best at home against Northwestern. No. 3 Clemson beat Florida State in thrilling fashion.
No. 8 Baylor lost at Texas and No. 10 West Virginia lost at Oklahoma State. No. 7 Nebraska fell at No. 11 Wisconsin.
Here’s how each team is ranked in the AP Poll, Coaches Poll, Football Outsiders’ S&P+ rankings and ESPN’s Football Power Index after Week 9. We’ll update as the various polls and rankings are released.
Week 9 college football rankings
AP Poll: In the AP Poll, a team receives 25 points for each first place vote, 24 for second place and so on through to the 25th team, which receives one point. The AP Poll has been around since 1936, and a panel of 61 voters make up the poll.
Coaches Poll: A panel, chosen at random, of FBS coaches make up the Amway Coaches poll. Like the AP Poll, each voter submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.
S&P+: The S&P+ Ratings — developed by Bill Connelly of SB Nation and Football Outsiders — are an analytical system “derived from the play-by-play and drive data of all 800+ of a season’s FBS college football games.” It considers efficiency, explosiveness, field position, turnovers and finishing drives as the most important factors for a football team.
ESPN FPI: FPI is a predictive model that will project a team’s future success based on its past performance. Per ESPN, “FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule.”