NFP Top 25

Week 9 of the 2012 college football season is in the books, and the BCS national championship picture continued to get a little clearer as we move closer to November.

Florida and Oregon State suffered their first defeats of the season, while Notre Dame passed its biggest test of the year against Oklahoma.

Let’s take a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 heading into the tenth week of the season.

2012 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.

1. Alabama (8-0) [1]
The Crimson Tide forced three turnovers while committing none, pushing their season turnover margin to plus-17, in a 38-7 victory over Mississippi State.

2. Oregon (8-0) [2]
Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns as the Ducks slaughtered Colorado 70-14 at Autzen Stadium.

3. Kansas State (8-0) [3]
Collin Klein remains the Heisman Trophy frontrunner after throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more in a 55-24 victory against Texas Tech.

4. Notre Dame (8-0) [5]
The Fighting Irish scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter en route to defeating Oklahoma 30-13.

5. LSU (7-1) [6]
The Tigers had a bye this weekend and will host Alabama on Saturday.

Braxton Miller US PRESSWIREBraxton Miller and the Buckeyes remain unbeaten.

6. Ohio State (9-0) [8]
Braxton Miller accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 35-23 victory against Penn State.

7. Florida State (8-1) [10]
Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. combined for 174 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seminoles over Duke 48-7.

8. Georgia (7-1) [13]
Georgia star linebacker Jarvis Jones finished with 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in a win over Florida.

9. Florida (7-1) [4]
The Gators committed six turnovers in a 17-9 loss to Georgia in Jacksonville.

10. Clemson (7-1) [11]
Tajh Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown as the Tigers routed Wake Forest 42-13 on Thursday night.

11. Louisville (8-0) [14]
Teddy Bridgewater finished with 416 yards and two touchdowns passing as the Cardinals beat Cincinnati in overtime on Friday night.

12. Oregon State (6-1) [7]
The Beavers could not overcome four interceptions from Sean Mannion, who was replaced by Cody Vaz in the fourth quarter in a loss to Washington.


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