Kurtz's Top 25 CFB Rankings - 10/04/09

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

LSU's road win at Georgia has allowed the Tigers to leap over Virginia Tech to #4 in my poll this week. Oklahoma's second loss of the season drops the Sooners from #7 to 19.

For a third straight year College Football's Harris Poll has extended me an invitation to be a Top 25 voter (1 of 114 in the country).  I am honored to be trusted with such a huge responsibility.  It's a role I am passionate about and take very seriously as the Harris Poll is a huge part of the BCS equation that determines who plays for a National Championship.  I will continue to make my votes public on this blog site.  Check in each Sunday morning to see how I voted.  Feel free to leave your thoughts, praise and/or criticisms in the "comment" feature on this page.

This week's Top Five is very similar to last week's poll with one exception.  LSU has moved into the #4 spot ahead of Virginia Tech this week.  The Tigers comeback win at Georgia showed a ton of guts by Les Miles team on Saturday.  It sets up a big showdown between #2 Florida and #4 LSU this weekend (could be a SEC Championship preview) on KKTV!  I still am voting Miami higher than most of my colleagues.  The 'Canes win over Oklahoma solidifies in my mind they deserve the #7 ranking, even with one loss.  Same goes for Oregon.  I have been a big believer in the Ducks all season and they continue to play great football.  I have Oregon ranked #11 this week.

As for the disappointments this week.  What happened to the Cal Bears?  They failed to show up in back-to-back weeks against Oregon and USC.  The Bears fall out of the Top 25 this week.  I also was a big believer in Houston and coach Kevin Sumlin.  Case Keenum is the best quarterback you may have never heard of.  But the Cougars BCS dreams came to a screeching halt last night on the plains of West Texas when Houston surrendered 58 points to a UTEP team that had won just one game all season.  It'll take a string of impressive wins to move the Cougars back into the Top 15 by the end of the season.

Here is a look at how I voted this week:

Rank # 1: Texas
Rank # 2: Florida
Rank # 3: Alabama
Rank # 4: LSU
Rank # 5: Virginia Tech
Rank # 6: Boise State
Rank # 7: Miami (FLA)
Rank # 8: USC
Rank # 9: Ohio State
Rank # 10: TCU
Rank # 11: Oregon
Rank # 12: Mississippi
Rank # 13: Iowa
Rank # 14: Penn State
Rank # 15: Cincinnati
Rank # 16: Oklahoma State
Rank # 17: Auburn
Rank # 18: Georgia Tech
Rank # 19: Oklahoma
Rank # 20: BYU
Rank # 21: Kansas
Rank # 22: Nebraska
Rank # 23: Wisconsin
Rank # 24: South Florida
Rank # 25: Utah

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  • by Joe Location: South Carolina on Oct 4, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    One more comment, I just noticed you have Mississippi ranked 12th who lost to South Carolina and you don't have South Carolina ranked at all. Mississippi is way overrated and and SC's only loss was at Georgia and had a chance to win on the last play of the game. For the record, I live in SC but am a South Florida grad. Thanks for posting your rankings!
  • by Joe Location: South Carolina on Oct 4, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    I agree with your rankings for the most part. The one team I would move up in the polls would be Cincy; they are second in the country in sacks and interceptions. There offense also puts up a ton of points. I wish other people's rankings were as level-headed as these are. I am glad to see you dropped Houston out of the top 25. There is no way a C-USA team with one loss to a bad team deserves to be in the top 25.
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