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Derrius Guice and LSU have a week off before taking on Alabama.

College Football Rankings: How the AP Top 25 should have looked before Week 9

Last week featured lots of upheaval in the AP Top 25 college football rankings, but things were far less volatile this past weekend.

The coveted playoff spots remain unchanged, as Alabama, Georgia, Penn State and TCU continue holding those spots. Wisconsin, Clemson and Ohio State are hoping to claw into those spots as the season winds down.

There’s plenty of football yet to be played, but we read through the eighth in-season AP Top 25 poll of the year and made the following changes:

First teams out: Iowa State (-1), Mississippi State (No. 28) and Michigan (No. 27)

25. Memphis (-1)
24. Texas A&M (+2)
23. USC (-2)
22. LSU (+1)
21. West Virginia (+1)
20. Stanford
19. UCF (-1)

USC lands in this group after its embarrassing loss in South Bend, Ind., while Memphis slips back into the rankings after its win at Houston. Texas A&M and Stanford had bye weeks, while West Virginia fought off Baylor. UCF picked up a nice win against Navy to stay perfect on the season. LSU notched a victory against Ole Miss, and will take this week off before facing Alabama.

18. Auburn (+1)
17. Washington State (-2)
16. Michigan State
15. South Florida (+2)

South Florida moved to 7-0 after edging Tulane, so we decided to acknowledge its perfection by bumping it up a tad. Auburn, Michigan State and Washington State all took down conference opposition to stick around in the top 20.

14. N.C. State
13. Virginia Tech
12. Washington
11. Oklahoma State
10. Oklahoma

It wasn’t pretty for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but each managed to avoid upsets to hold their respective spots in the rankings. Virginia Tech drilled North Carolina, while Washington and N.C. State took the week off.

9. Notre Dame
8. Miami
7. Ohio State (-1)
6. Clemson (+1)

Since Notre Dame beat up USC on Saturday night, it might be time to start taking the Irish a bit more seriously. Miami stayed unbeaten, while Clemson and Ohio State enjoyed bye weeks.

5. Wisconsin
4. TCU
3. Penn State (-1)
2. Georgia (+1)
1. Alabama

Not much movement at the top of the rankings, though Penn State opened a few eyes with its demolition of Michigan. Alabama and Georgia remain atop our rankings, with TCU and Wisconsin rounding out the top 5.