College Football Rankings, Week 9: Stanford Climbs To No. 6 In BCS Rankings

We break down the week nine BCS rankings and the all the accompanying polls, which will see Stanford climb at least one or two spots thanks to the Wisconsin and Oklahoma losses. For more on Stanford football, check out Rule of Tree.

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Week 9 College Football Rankings: Stanford Moves Up To No. 4 In Blogpoll After Win Over Huskies

Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal decimated the Washington Huskies 65-21 this past weekend for their first win over a ranked opponent on the year. The polls are taking notice this week, including SB Nation's very own Blogpoll rankings. Stanford is ranked fourth this week, three spots ahead of their ranking from a week ago.

Stanford makes its biggest move of the season on the strength of its win over the Huskies and a few big losses near the top of the leaderboard. The Oklahoma Sooners, ranked third last week, drop all the way down to 11th after a 41-38 loss to Texas Tech. Similarly, the Wisconsin Badgers dropped from fourth last week to 12th this week following their heartbreaking 37-31 loss to Michigan State (ranked 10th this week) on a last-second Hail Mary.

 The Cardinal find themselves firmly the top five and have an opportunity to move up further over their next two games. Stanford faces a 6-1 USC Trojans squad (ranked 21st this week) on the road in a match-up that will be featured on ESPN College GameDay.

Following that, Stanford will get a chance to avenge its lone loss last year in two weeks when the Oregon Ducks come to town. The Ducks moved up two spots in their Blogpoll ranking from ninth to seventh this week.

If Stanford can secure wins in those games, there's no reason that the Cardinal can't climb even higher in future weeks.

For a full look at the Blogpoll rankings this week, click here. For more Stanford coverage, check out Rule Of Tree.

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BCS Rankings, Week 9: Stanford Slowly Inches Up Computer Ratings

The week nine BCS rankings were released Sunday evening and the Stanford Cardinal began their journey up the polls as they climbed from No. 8 to No. 6. Stanford was ranked No. 8 in the first BCS standings last week, thanks in large part to a poor strength of schedule hurting their computer ratings. Stanford was ranked no higher than No. 8 in any of the computer ratings. Even with the dropping of the top and bottom rating, Stanford was hurting.

This week, Stanford benefited primarily from Oklahoma and Wisconsin losing, but the Cardinal also saw their computer ratings move up for the most part. Washington is not a great team, but they entered the game fairly well rated, which boosts the Cardinal's previously poor strength of schedule.

The BCS formula combines human and computer rankings to devise the standings. The USA Today/Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll are voted on by humans each Sunday. The computer ratings include the Sagarin RatingsAnderson & HesterBillingsley ReportColley MatrixMassey Ratings, and Wolfe Ratings. Stanford rates as follows according to the computers:

A&H: 7
Billingsley: 6
Colley: 8
Massey: 14
Sagarin: 21
Wolfe: 9

The top rating of six and the bottom rating of 21 are removed. Stanford is left with the lowest computer percentage of the top six teams, but their remaining schedule will improve that rating as long as Stanford keeps winning. They travel to face USC next week and still have their big tilt with the Oregon Ducks in November. Boise State is seeing their computer ratings take a dip as their schedule strength suffers in Mountain West play. If Stanford wins out, they likely end up ahead of an undefeated Boise State.

Of course, Stanford also benefits if more top five teams lose. They may need a mix of losses, but as this past weekend showed us, anything is possible this season.

For more on the Stanford Cardinal, head over to Rule of Tree. For more Bay Area sports, follow @sbnbayarea.

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BCS Rankings, Week 9: Stanford Football Climbs To No. 6

The week nine BCS rankings have been released and the Stanford Cardinal have shuffled up two spots to No. 6. Stanford was No. 8 and gained their two spots courtesy of surprising upsets for No.3 Oklahoma and No. 6 Wisconsin. Oklahoma dropped to No. 9 and Wisconsin fell all the way to No. 15 as the computers do not seem to like them at all, and even more so with this loss.

The BCS rankings combine six computer ratings with the USA Today/Coaches Poll and the Harris Interactive College Football Poll. The Coaches Poll counts for 1/3 the ranking, the Harris Poll counts for 1/3 and the computer ratings combine to count for 1/3, with the top and bottom computer rating tossed out. Stanford has struggled to boost their computer ratings to date due to a weak early schedule. However, the Cardinal have a few big matchups coming up that will greatly benefit their computer rating if they can secure victories. Most notably, Stanford travels to USC next Sunday and hosts Oregon in a few weeks. If they can win out, their computer rating will improve considerably over the final month and a half of the season.

As we move forward, if Stanford can continue winning, they are in a good position to pass both Clemson and Boise State. Clemson has some tough games left, but Stanford has a lot more room to gain in the computer ratings. Boise State has a fairly weak schedule that will only hurt their computer ratings.

To move beyond those two, Stanford will need teams above them to take some losses. LSU and Alabama square off in two weeks, but the loser might still hang close to the top if it is a close game. Stanford should be rooting for a blowout by either team. They also need Oklahoma State to lose because the Cowboys have great computer ratings that will not be dropping anytime soon. There are some opportunities for Cowboys losses as they still have to play Kansas State and Oklahoma, both of whom are in the top ten of the BCS.

For more on Stanford Football, check out Rule of Tree. For more Bay Area sports discussion follow @sbnbayarea.

Here are your week nine BCS rankings:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Boise State
5. Clemson
6. Stanford
7. Oregon
8. Kansas State
9. Oklahoma
10. Arkansas
11. Michigan State
12. Virginia Tech
13. South Carolina
14. Nebraska
15. Wisconsin
16. Texas A&M
17. Houston
18. Michigan
19. Penn State
20. Texas Tech
21. Arizona State
22. Georgia
23. Auburn
24. Texas
25. West Virginia

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College Football Rankings: Week 9 Harris Interactive Poll Sets Second Half Of BCS Human Polls

The week nine BCS rankings will be released in a little under three hours, which means the various component polls are being released throughout the day. Earlier today the week nine USA Today/Coaches Poll saw the Stanford Cardinal get bumped up to No. 4 as both the Cardinal and Oklahoma State Cowboys leapfrogged Boise State. The Broncos were punished for a relatively close 37-26 victory over the Air Force Falcons.

We now have the second human poll as the week nine Harris Interactive College Football Poll is out. The Harris Poll replaced the AP Poll and has a voting body consisting of former coaches, players and administrators, as well as current and former members of the media.

The week nine Harris Poll has also jumped the Stanford Cardinal up to the No. 4 spot, just behind Oklahoma State and just ahead of Boise State. The Cardinal had little trouble with the Washington Huskies and continue their strong run this season.

Here are the top ten teams in the Harris Interactive Poll:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford
5. Boise State
6. Clemson
7. Oregon
8. Oklahoma
9. Arkansas
10. Kansas State

The big game this coming Saturday features No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 Kansas State. The top two teams in the poll, LSU and Alabama, are both on bye as they get ready for their monster showdown in two weeks. Two weeks from now we will see some kind of shakeup in the BCS. Either LSU or Alabama will lose. Additionally, Oklahoma State will face a ranked Kansas State. If Stanford can defeat USC and Oregon State, they could climb as high as number two in two weeks.

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College Football Rankings, Week 9: AP Poll Has Stanford, Oklahoma State Leaping Boise State

Week eight of the 2011 college football season has come to a close and the new rankings are starting to roll in. The week nine AP Poll is out and the Stanford Cardinal have climbed from No. 7 to No. 4. The BCS rankings no longer include the AP Poll, but the Associated Press can provide an idea on how the Harris Interactive Poll might come down. And it gives us some idea of the media's general thought on the college football season.

Stanford benefited from Oklahoma and Wisconsin losing, but the Cardinal also benefited from a somewhat lackluster Boise State victory over Air Force. The Falcons handled their business, but a relatively close victory is hurting them in the eyes of many.

Stanford is in a fairly solid position to climb in the rankings, but they will need some losses. They are guaranteed one loss when LSU and Alabama face off in two weeks. Of course, if that is a close game, it is possible we see LSU and Alabama remain up high. Oklahoma State faces Kansas State in two weeks as well. If OSU wins that game, they would likely climb ahead of the loser of LSU and Alabama. For Stanford, they get USC and Oregon State the next two weeks. They simply need to handle their business with cold-blooded efficiency.

Here's the AP Poll top 25 for Week 9:

1 LSU
2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma State
4 Stanford
5 Boise State
6 Clemson
7 Oregon
8 Arkansas
9 Michigan State
10 Kansas State
11 Oklahoma
12 Wisconsin
13 Nebraska
14 South Carolina
15 Virginia Tech
16 Texas A&M
17 Michigan
18 Houston
19 Texas Tech
20 USC
21 Penn State
22 Georgia
23 Arizona State
24 Cincinnati
25 West Virginia
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College Football Rankings, Week 9: Stanford Climbs To No. 3 In USA Today/Coaches Poll

The week nine college football rankings are slowly being released and the Stanford Cardinal are already benefiting. After starting the day with a boost in the Sagarin Ratings, the week nine USA Today/Coaches Poll has been released and Stanford climbed to number three. Stanford benefited from Oklahoma and Wisconsin both losing tough upsets. The Sooners dropped from No. 1 to No. 9, while the Badgers dropped from No. 4 to No. 11.

The Cardinal handled their business against formerly ranked Washington with a 65-21 romp at Stanford Stadium. Now they head down to SoCal to face the USC Trojans. USC is not in the Coaches' Poll due to their probationary status, but a victory over USC would still look good for Stanford. It would not be enough to get them past LSU or Alabama, but it helps for computer purposes.

LSU and Alabama both have a bye this coming week as they prepare for their monster showdown in Tuscaloosa on November 5. This No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown has huge implications with Stanford looking to be one of the biggest beneficiaries. If the Cardinal can win at USC and Oregon State, they are virtually assured of being number two in the coaches poll two weeks from today.

Here's the full USA Today coaches poll top 25 for Week 9:

1 LSU
2 Alabama
3 Stanford
4 Oklahoma State
5 Boise State
6 Clemson
7 Oregon
8 Arkansas
9 Oklahoma
10 Michigan State
11 Wisconsin
12 Kansas State
13 Nebraska
14 South Carolina
15 Virginia Tech
16 Texas A&M
17 Michigan
18 Houston
19 Penn State
20 Arizona State
21 Georgia
22 Texas Tech
23 Cincinnati
24 West Virginia
25 Southern Miss.
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BCS Rankings, Week 9: Sagarin Ratings First BCS Computer Rating Released

Editor's Note: We misinterpreted the Sagarin Rating. The Cardinal actually dropped from No. 15 to No. 21 and are now No. 6 in the week nine BCS rankings. For more on Stanford Football, check out Rule of Tree. For more Bay Area sports discussion, follow @sbnbayarea.

Jeff Sagarin of USA Today released the first of six BCS computer ratings Sunday morning and the Stanford Cardinal received a sizable bump. The Cardinal appear to have been bumped from No. 15 to No. 10 in Sagarin's ratings. Stanford handled their business against a solid Washington squad and that romp over their highest ranked opponent to date boosted them.

The newest Sagarin ratings only dropped Oklahoma two spots from No. 5 to No. 7 thanks to the fact that Texas Tech is highly rated thanks to a solid schedule. Fellow top six BCS team Wisconsin took a bigger hit, dropping from No. 6 to No. 14. Oklahoma will not suffer too much in the ratings with this drop while Wisconsin is likely in line for a sizable drop in the BCS rankings.

Stanford has another huge opportunity next Saturday against the USC Trojans. Sagarin rates USC at No. 20, which will give them another boost if they can hold on for the win. Clemson travels to face Georgia Tech, and while that is a solid matchup for Clemson, the Yellow Jackets rank No. 43 in Sagarin's ratings. Boise State travels to Las Vegas to face UNLV, who ranks No. 157 in Sagarin's ratings.

Here is Jeff Sagarin's top ten:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Boise State
5. Oregon
6. Texas A&M
7. Oklahoma
8. Kansas State
9. Clemson
10. Stanford

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BCS Rankings Projections, Week 9: "BCS Guru" Projects Boise State Falling

The completion of Saturday's slate of week eight college football games means we are close to getting the week nine BCS rankings Sunday afternoon. Prior to those rankings coming out, BCS projections are the name of the game. Samuel Chi of BCSGuru.com put together a BCS rankings projection for SB Nation and he believes the Boise State Falcons will take a hit due to their lackluster victory over the Air Force Falcons.

Chi projects the top ten as follows:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Clemson
5. Stanford
6. Boise State
7. Arkansas
8. Kansas State
9. Oregon
10. Oklahoma

If Stanford can climb into the top five on the backs of their victory over Washington, that would bode well for their chances of leapfrogging Clemson later in the season. Clemson has some solid games left on their schedule against Georgia Tech and South Carolina, with Virginia Tech as a possibility in the ACC title game.

However, Stanford might have the trump card with their matchup against the Oregon Ducks. If Stanford and Oregon can both remain undefeated heading into their November 12 showdown at Stanford Stadium, we would be looking at a pair of top ten teams battling for Pac-12 supremacy.

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College Football Rankings, Week 9: BCS Rankings Projections Go Haywire With Oklahoma, Wisconsin Losses

We provide a preliminary projection of the week nine BCS rankings, which will see Stanford climb at least one or two spots thanks to the Wisconsin and Oklahoma losses. For more on Stanford football, check out Rule of Tree.

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