Super 16 Poll – Week 9
Ohio State, Notre Dame charge back up the polls
-SEC powerhouses Alabama and Georgia ranked 1-2 in the poll this week, with the Crimson Tide picking up 45 of a possible 48 first-place votes. The Bulldogs received the other three first-place votes. Alabama’s margin between itself and the second-place team narrowed from 61 to 44 points.
-Penn State and TCU both vacated their places in the top four teams with road losses at Ohio State and Iowa State, respectively. Big Ten teams Ohio State and unbeaten Wisconsin moved into slots No. 3 and No. 4. Penn State fell to seventh and TCU to 11th.
-Notre Dame jumped from ninth to sixth with an impressive home victory over North Carolina State, which was one of three teams to drop out of the poll along with Washington State and USF after losses. Iowa State and UCF entered the poll for the first time this season. Auburn returned to the poll at No. 16.
-The Big 12 led all conferences with four teams in the poll, followed by the ACC, Big Ten and SEC with three each. The Pac-12 and American had one each and Independents one.
KEY GAMES THIS WEEK: LSU at No. 1 Alabama; South Carolina at No. 2 Georgia; No. 3 Ohio State at Iowa; No. 4 Wisconsin at Indiana; No. 5 Clemson at North Carolina State; Wake Forest at No. 6 Notre Dame; No. 7 Penn State at Michigan State; No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 10 Oklahoma State; No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 9 Miami (Fla.); Texas at No. 11 TCU; Oregon at No. 12 Washington; No. 14 Iowa State at West Virginia; No. 15 UCF at SMU; No. 16 Auburn at Texas A&M.