ESPN 2023 College Football Power Rankings after Week 9

Kansas produced a stunning upset against No. 6 Oklahoma with a late touchdown, aided by a crucial fourth-down reception from Lawrence Arnold. The game unfolded just days before the release of the first College Football Playoff rankings. While the week provided an opportunity for undefeated teams to make a statement, it also determined the positioning for conference championship runs and bowl games.

Unbeaten giants like Georgia, Florida State, Oregon, and Texas handled their business with ease. However, Oklahoma suffered their first loss of the season, and Penn State faced a scare against Indiana. Here’s a breakdown of the power rankings after Week 9 results:

Georgia Bulldogs:
Despite allowing an early touchdown to Florida, the Bulldogs showcased their dominance once again with a commanding 43-20 victory. Georgia enters a challenging stretch of their season, facing off against three nationally ranked teams consecutively, starting with a home game against Missouri.

Michigan Wolverines:
Michigan had a bye week before entering a challenging stretch of their schedule. Remaining undefeated after a 49-0 win against Michigan State, the Wolverines need to navigate through games against Purdue, Penn State, Maryland, and Ohio State. Any loss at this point could jeopardize their chances at the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoff.

Florida State Seminoles:
FSU’s array of playmakers overwhelmed Wake Forest, resulting in a 41-16 win. Jordan Travis connected with seven different receivers for 20-plus yard completions, including Keon Coleman and Trey Benson. With an 8-0 record, FSU is inching closer to securing a spot in the ACC championship game after a nine-year absence.

Ohio State Buckeyes:
Despite their imperfect performances, the Buckeyes have managed to remain undefeated throughout the season. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is making a case for the Heisman Trophy with his consistent excellence. Ohio State’s defense, led by linemen Tyleik Williams and Jack Sawyer, held Wisconsin to limited rushing yards. Their upcoming game against Rutgers will be another test.

Washington Huskies:
Washington’s 42-33 win against Stanford showcased their offensive capabilities with quarterback Michael Penix Jr. throwing for 369 yards and four touchdowns. Although late turnovers almost cost them the game, the Huskies sealed the win with a decisive touchdown. Their next matchup against USC will test their mettle.

Oregon Ducks:
Oregon dominated Utah with a decisive 35-6 victory, ending the Utes’ home winning streak. Quarterback Bo Nix exhibited poise and accuracy, while the Ducks’ defense stifled Utah throughout the game. With a record of 8-0, the Ducks remain in contention for the Pac-12 title and the College Football Playoff.

Texas Longhorns:
In Maalik Murphy’s first career start for Texas, he showed promise despite a few mistakes. The Longhorns’ defense created turnovers, and Xavier Worthy’s punt return touchdown further solidified their win. Texas will face a tough challenge against Kansas State in their next game.

Alabama Crimson Tide:
After setbacks against Texas and a close win against USF, Alabama finds itself atop the SEC West with just one loss. Their upcoming game against LSU is crucial, as it has the potential to determine the conference championship contender. Alabama’s defense needs to contain LSU’s potent offense, while quarterback Jalen Milroe must continue his impressive performance.

Oklahoma Sooners:
After narrowly escaping UCF, the Sooners couldn’t replicate their luck against Kansas. The game exposed defensive vulnerabilities and saw Oklahoma commit several turnovers and penalties. They must address these issues as they face a strong LSU team in their next matchup.


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