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Chris Dufresne's top 25 rankings

Texas is still at the top, and Notre Dame can make a big leap -- or drop -- depending on the USC game.

October 15, 2009|Chris Dufresne

Rankman plays Texas "hold em" (barely) at No. 1 after the Longhorns' shaky win over Colorado, but Mack Brown's band of punt blockers can get back in good graces with a win over Oklahoma. Also came close to dumping Texas Christian, a three-point winner over Air Force, for Alabama at No. 6, but realized how good service academy schools were after Army beat Vanderbilt, a Southeastern Conference bowl team.

This is a big swing week for Notre Dame, which can move into title contention with a win over USC or lose and start a coach search.

Dropped out: Stanford (16), Mississippi (18), Auburn (19 ), Georgia (20 ).

*--* Rk. TEAM Comment (Last week's ranking) 1 TEXAS 5-0 Game plan includes putting a Big 12 asterisk kicking on Oklahoma. (1) 2 FLORIDA 5-0 Rankman liked Meyer's decision to play Tebow's stunt double against LSU. (2) 3 BOISE STATE 6-0 One BCS computer actually giggled when fed team's 2009 schedule. (3) 4 CINCINNATI 5-0 Limbaugh wants to buy team and move radio show to WKRP. (5) 5 OREGON 5-1 Slide show after UCLA titled: "How to win by 14 without an offense." (7) 6 TEXAS CHR. 5-0 Close win over Air Force almost caused frogs to get jumped by Alabama. (6) 7 ALABAMA 6-0 When you have nation's No. 3 kicker, why bother with touchdowns? (8) 8 USC 4-1 Time of year when team goes to South Bend and makes its own luck. (9) 9 VIRGINIA TECH 5-1 At Georgia Tech is the game of week, month and maybe year in ACC. (10) 10 OHIO STATE 5-1 Pulls rankings shocker over Miami on ref Porter's poll interference call. (11) 11 MIAMI 4-1 What happened to Larry Coker: He's leading a start-up in San Antonio. (12) 12 IOWA 6-0 Rankman pulls back muscle pushing Hawkeyes up three ranking flights. (15) 13 BRIGHAM YOUNG 5-1 Florida State defeat looks worse every time Florida State plays. (13) 14 OKLAHOMA STATE 4-1 Deion accused by NCAA of being an information Dez dispenser. (14) 15 LOUISIANA STATE 5-1 So this was the No. 1 team in five BCS computers last week? (4) 16 PENN STATE 5-1 Paterno points to Temple's record as proof the schedule is rock solid. (17) 17 OKLAHOMA 3-2 Loss to Texas would drop Oklahoma to 3-3 for first time since 2005. (21) 18 KANSAS 5-0 Good week: beat Iowa State and no fights with basketball team. (24) 19 NOTRE DAME 4-1 Sod ordered for USC a special long grass from the Serengeti Plains. (23) 20 SOUTH FLORIDA 5-0 Named program successor in waiting to former Florida State dynasty. (24) 21 NEBRASKA 4-1 Scored 27 fourth-quarter points against the Missouri Floodgates. (25) 22 HOUSTON 4-1 Team receives Dennis Rodman award after rebounding from UTEP loss. (NR) 23 GEORGIA TECH 5-1 Knocked Florida State's "rank" defense to No. 108 in NCAA rankings. (NR) 24 SOUTH CAROLINA 5-1 Key to stopping Alabama's offense: kidnap the field-goal kicker. (NR) 25 OREGON STATE 4-2 Has bye to contemplate vengeance USC plans to inflict on Oct. 24. (NR) *--*

Moved in: Houston, Oregon State, Georgia Tech, South Carolina.

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