College Football Power Rankings Week 9

The Buckeyes' biggest problem now is its strength of schedule, as they don't have any wins over ranked opponents and have a bye before the first ranking.

The lack of respect the ACC is shown by the media, some real and some imagined has led to some consternation about Clemson getting left out of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the AAC also has three ranked teams. FPI sees USC's visit to Cal this week as its most perilous, with a 33.1 percent chance of being upended by a Golden Bears team trying to prevent a second straight midseason tailspin.

Clemson (7-0) 58 Miami (4-3) 0: A humiliating day for Miami at home against a Clemson team that's turning out to be better and better as the season goes forward. That season saw 5 teams: Alabama, Texas, TCU (then in the Mountain West), Cincinnati, and Boise State.

Miami (4-3, 1-2 ACC) did not receive votes in any poll. Currently, the PAC-12 only has three teams left in the rankings. Despite coming into the year with high aspirations, every team in the PAC-12 has a loss already. Since the beginning of the BCS system in 1999 only once has there been more than two undefeated teams from BCS conferences in 2004 when Oklahoma, USC, and Auburn all finished the regular season undefeated. What if this year is another 2009 type year? With a Saturday night football date next week against an undefeated Temple team, the Irish will be in prime position to pad their resume for the playoff committee. Let's look at how this season is going to play out. First let's assume Clemson wins out. LSU faces an explosive WKU team and then has a week off before a massive showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Florida takes on a beleaguered Georgia Bulldogs bunch that hobbles into this neutral-site game on a two-game skid and with its best player, Nick Chubb, lost for the season with a knee injury.

#3 Utah (6-1) 24 USC (4-3) 42: No one understood why Vegas gave USC the edge in this game. The idle Michigan Wolverines remain at #15. Clemson looked very impressive against the lamest duck team to ever play college football this week. The Utes were undefeated while the Trojans were just 3-3 and playing under an interim head coach after Steve Sarkisian's firing. Get through them and they're College Football Playoff bound. The Playoff committee will consider a one-loss PAC 12 or SEC team that played a Championship game over a BIG 12 winner that did not.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette, center, runs against Western Kentucky defensive back Wonderful Terry (5) during the first half an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, October 24, 2015.

LSU plays at Alabama in two weeks in what might be the ugliest, headbutting game between two major college football powers this year, barring an LSU-Stanford bowl game. They know that they are down to a one-game season, but can the Tigers finish? In the above scenario, we could be looking at a 1 loss SEC Champion, a 1 loss B1G runner-up, Notre Dame, and a Pac-12 Champion with 1 loss.

Notre Dame at Stanford (Nov. 28): This meeting will be a bit like a wild-card game, depending on what happens with unbeaten Clemson. Now, we're not so sure what to make of this Utah team that once had everyone convinced they were great. The B1G isn't much better. Here's the full poll (which has Ohio State at the top) and the individual ballots. That season, WSU finished 10-3 and in the top 10 of the AP Poll.

#20 California (5-2) 24 UCLA (5-2) 40: A way for the Bruins to get back into the top 25 and the now wide-open Pac-12 South race, with a great day for Josh Rosen, throwing three touchdown passes and 399 yards.