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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