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College Football Rankings, Week 9: Latest USA Today Coaches Poll Sees LSU As New No. 1 Team

The Week 9 USA Today Coaches Poll has been released, and after Oklahoma's loss to Texas Tech in the early morning hours Sunday, the LSU Tigers are the new No. 1 team in the country. The Alabama Crimson Tide come in ranked No. 2, and those two SEC powers meet in early November in Tuscaloosa, with the winner likely to be crowned BCS National Champion the second week of January 2012.

Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia all find their way into this week's rankings, giving the SEC five schools in the Top 25. The ACC is represented by No. 6 Clemson and No. 15 Virginia Tech, while the Big East also has two teams ranked, No. 23 Cincinnati and No. 24 West Virginia.

Texas Tech, on the strength of their upset win over the Sooners, jumps into the rankings at No. 22. Michigan State's miracle win over Wisconsin bumped the Spartans to No. 10 in this week's poll, one spot above, you guessed it, the Badgers.

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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