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2016 college football rankings, Week 9: Buckeyes bounced from top 5, replaced by Louisville

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It was a pretty routine day across the top 25 in college football ... until it wasn’t. Penn State blocked an Ohio State field goal and ran it back all the way to topple the Buckeyes in Happy Valley. It’s our first shakeup in the top five since Louisville lost to Clemson a few weeks ago.

Alabama rolled over Texas A&M to give the Aggies their first loss of the year. It wasn’t as close as the scoreboard may indicate, so don’t get it twisted. Michigan, Clemson, and Washington remain in the top five in the polls, with Louisville rejoining after obliterating NC State.

Speaking of the greater Houston area, the Cougars took their second L of the season in spectacular fashion to SMU. Other big losers this week: Arkansas got sizzled by Auburn, and Ole Miss got run over by Leonard Fournette.

Washington and Utah get a top-20 showdown this upcoming Saturday, and College GameDay’s gonna be there.

Good news! This upcoming week will be the last without official Playoff rankings. Actually, that might be bad news, upon further review. (As you can see, the computers still like the Buckeyes.)

AP (prev, if diff) Coaches S&P+ Massey
1 Alabama Alabama Michigan Alabama
2 Michigan (3) Michigan (4) Louisville Michigan
3 Clemson (4) Clemson (3) Alabama Clemson
4 Washington (5) Washington (5) Clemson Ohio State
5 Louisville (7) Louisville (7) Ohio State Washington
6 Ohio State (2) (tie) Nebraska (9) Washington Texas A&M
7 Nebraska (8) (tie) Baylor (8) Auburn Louisville
8 Baylor (9) Ohio State (2) LSU WVU
9 Texas A&M (6) WVU (13) Florida WMU
10 WVU (12) Texas A&M (6) Wisconsin Wisconsin
11 Wisconsin (10) Wisconsin (10) Baylor Auburn
12 FSU (13) Florida Virginia Tech Boise State
13 Boise State (14) Boise State (14) Oklahoma FSU
14 Florida (15) FSU (15) FSU Nebraska
15 Auburn (21) Oklahoma (16) Texas A&M Tennessee
16 Oklahoma Utah (18) Penn State Florida
17 Utah (19) Auburn (24) Colorado Colorado
18 Tennessee Tennessee (19) Boise State LSU
19 LSU (25) LSU (23) Ole Miss Baylor
20 WMU UNC (21) USC Wash. State
21 UNC (22) WMU (20) WVU Oklahoma
22 Navy (24) Navy (25) Nebraska Utah
23 Colorado (NR) Colorado (26) Miami Houston
24 Penn State (NR) Houston (11) WMU USC
25 Virginia Tech (NR) Virginia Tech (31) SDSU UNC

The four rankings used here

The Associated Press Top 25: The longest-running and best-respected human poll. Didn't have any official bearing on the latter years of the BCS, and doesn't have any official bearing on the Playoff. Most outlets (including SB Nation) will use the AP's rankings as the standard until the committee takes over in November, though. You can expect these rankings to drop early Sunday afternoon.

The USA Today Coaches Poll: Formerly part of the BCS, and now just a poll. It tends to react more cautiously than the AP's. Though polling athletic departments in order to rank other athletic departments is dubious, we still want multiple human polls in here, and this is the other big one. These rankings typically come in Sundays around noon.

The Massey computer composite: A collection of dozens of ratings, all combined into one. We include the latest version as of publication. (It does also include the two human polls, but they can't sway it all that much.)

Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings: SB Nation's favored advanced stat, which arrives a bit later than the others. An important thing to keep in mind: for the first few weeks, it also factors in preseason projections. It'll look pretty weird early on, but it's proved to be a very strong predictor against the Vegas spread over the long term.

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