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Week 9 of the 2012 college football season is in the books, and the BCS national championship picture continued to get a little clearer as we move closer to November.

Florida and Oregon State suffered their first defeats of the season, while Notre Dame passed its biggest test of the year against Oklahoma.

Let’s take a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 heading into the tenth week of the season.

2012 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.

1. Alabama (8-0) [1]
The Crimson Tide forced three turnovers while committing none, pushing their season turnover margin to plus-17, in a 38-7 victory over Mississippi State.

2. Oregon (8-0) [2]
Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns as the Ducks slaughtered Colorado 70-14 at Autzen Stadium.

3. Kansas State (8-0) [3]
Collin Klein remains the Heisman Trophy frontrunner after throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more in a 55-24 victory against Texas Tech.

4. Notre Dame (8-0) [5]
The Fighting Irish scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter en route to defeating Oklahoma 30-13.

5. LSU (7-1) [6]
The Tigers had a bye this weekend and will host Alabama on Saturday.

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Braxton Miller
US PRESSWIREBraxton Miller and the Buckeyes remain unbeaten.

6. Ohio State (9-0) [8]
Braxton Miller accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 35-23 victory against Penn State.

7. Florida State (8-1) [10]
Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. combined for 174 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seminoles over Duke 48-7.

8. Georgia (7-1) [13]
Georgia star linebacker Jarvis Jones finished with 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in a win over Florida.

9. Florida (7-1) [4]
The Gators committed six turnovers in a 17-9 loss to Georgia in Jacksonville.

10. Clemson (7-1) [11]
Tajh Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown as the Tigers routed Wake Forest 42-13 on Thursday night.

11. Louisville (8-0) [14]
Teddy Bridgewater finished with 416 yards and two touchdowns passing as the Cardinals beat Cincinnati in overtime on Friday night.

12. Oregon State (6-1) [7]
The Beavers could not overcome four interceptions from Sean Mannion, who was replaced by Cody Vaz in the fourth quarter in a loss to Washington.

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13. South Carolina (7-2) [17]
The Gamecocks’ win over Tennessee was overshadowed by the gruesome injury to star tailback Marcus Lattimore.

14. Stanford (6-2) [18]
The Cardinal sacked Jeff Tuel a school-record 10 times in a 24-17 victory over Washington State.

15. Oklahoma (5-2) [9]
The Sooners fell for the second time at home, losing to Notre Dame 30-13.

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Marqise Lee
US PRESSWIREMarqise Lee's record day could not prevent the Trojans from suffering their second loss.

16. USC (6-2) [12]
The Trojans fell to Arizona 39-36 despite Marqise Lee’s 16 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 123 yards on kick returns.

17. Texas A&M (6-2) [22]
Johnny Manziel ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more — in a little more than a half — as the Aggies whipped Auburn 63-21.

18. Boise State (7-1) [20]
D.J. Harper rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Broncos past Wyoming 45-14.

19. Northern Illinois (8-1) [24]
Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more to lead the Huskies to a 48-34 victory over Western Michigan.

20. Mississippi State (7-1) [16]
Tyler Russell completed just 15 of 30 passes for 169 yards and threw his second interception of the season in a loss to Alabama.

21. Louisiana Tech (7-1) [25]
Colby Cameron passed for a touchdown and ran for a score to help the Bulldogs beat New Mexico State 28-14.

22. Rutgers (7-1) [15]
Gary Nova threw six interceptions as the Scarlet Knights were upset by Kent State 35-23.

23. UCLA (6-2) [NR]
Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 33-yard field goal as the game ended to help the Bruins escape with a 45-43 victory over Arizona State.

24. Nebraska (6-2) [NR]
Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, and the Cornhuskers’ defense dominated in a 23-9 victory over Michigan.

25. Arizona (5-3) [NR]
Matt Scott accounted for 469 total yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 39-36 upset of USC.

I see you, Toledo. The Rockets are No. 26.

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