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College Football Rankings: Oregon Rises, Washington Falls in USA Today/Coaches Poll

After a weekend full of upsets and beat downs all over of college football spectrum, the LSU Tigers have taken over the top spot in the USA Today/Coaches Poll for week nine of the season. There was a whole lot of movement in the top 25 this week, though the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies didn't move too far (or in the same direction for that matter)

The Ducks demolition of Colorado was good enough to boost them to seventh in the polls, while Washington's loss up at Stanford ensures them falling out of the top 25, moving the Cardinal to No. 3. Former number one Oklahoma was relegated to ninth after being stunned by Texas Tech, while Wisconsin's loss to Michigan State moves them from fourth to 11th, pushing Michigan State into No. 10 this week. Alabama at No. 2, Oklahoma State No. 4, and Boise State at No. 5 to join LSU and Stanford as the top five this week.

Georgia, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, and Southern Mississippi all made the top 25 this week after being unranked last week, while No. 19 Georgia Tech (6-2, lost to Miami, Fla., 24-7), No. 21 Illinois (6-2, lost to Purdue 21-14), and No. 23 Auburn (5-3, lost to LSU 45-10), all fell out of the top 25 this week as well. Washington still received 20 votes, the sixth highest amongst teams outside the top 25. 

via USA Today:

Oct. 23, 2011
Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week's poll
1.
LSU (41)
8-0
1,457
2
2.
Alabama (18)
8-0
1,434
3
3.
7-0
1,327
5
4.
Oklahoma State
7-0
1,301
6
5.
7-0
1,213
7
6.
8-0
1,174
8 (tie)
7.
6-1
1,121
8 (tie)
8.
Arkansas
6-1
974
10
9.
6-1
964
1
10.
Michigan State
6-1
932
13
11.
6-1
867
4
12.
Kansas State
7-0
827
16
13.
6-1
798
11
14.
South Carolina
6-1
730
12
15.
Virginia Tech
7-1
729
14 (tie)
16.
Texas A&M
5-2
520
18
17.
6-1
519
17
18.
Houston
7-0
507
20
19.
Penn State
7-1
448
22
20.
Arizona State
5-2
253
25
21.
Georgia
5-2
208
NR
22.
Texas Tech
5-2
180
NR
23.
Cincinnati
6-1
159
NR
24.
5-2
155
14
25.
Southern Mississippi
6-1
128
NR