Week Eight Top 25 Rankings

Ohio State and Texas A&M both fell on the road in week 8, but those were not the most shocking losses from a ranked team. SMU smacked Houston, sending them out of the AP top 25. Do they stay in my top 25 rankings? Where do the Buckeyes and Aggies fall? Here is my updated top 25 rankings, compared to the AP Poll.

  1. Alabama
  2. Michigan
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington
  5. Louisville
  6. Nebraska
  7. West Virginia
  8. Baylor
  9. Ohio State
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Boise State
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Florida State
  14. Utah
  15. Auburn
  16. Western Michigan
  17. Tennessee
  18. Florida
  19. Oklahoma
  20. North Carolina
  21. Navy
  22. Colorado
  23. LSU
  24. Penn State
  25. Virginia Tech

Only two teams – Auburn (+6) and West Virginia (+3) – climbed more than 2 spots from last week’s poll. The only teams who dropped but stayed in the rankings are Ohio State (-7) and Texas A&M (-4). LSU, Penn State, and Virginia Tech jumped into the top 25, while Houston, Arkansas, and Miami dropped out.

My top 5 matches the AP top 5. Nebraska (#6, #7 AP), West Virginia (#7, #10 AP) and Baylor (#8, #8 AP) enter this week’s rankings higher than Ohio State (#9, #6 AP) and Texas A&M (#10, #9 AP). I have WVU over Baylor because, up to this point, the Mountaineers have been more impressive with what they have done on their schedule. An impressive road win vs Texas Tech (in which the explosive Red Raiders’ offense was held to 17 points) and a strong showing vs TCU (34-10 W) gives them the nod over the Bears’ single noteworthy win (35-24 vs Oklahoma State).

Boise State (#11, #13 AP), Wisconsin (#12, #11 AP), Florida State (#13, #12 AP) and Utah (#14, #17 AP) stayed pretty much the same in my poll, with the exception being an undefeated Broncos squad jumping the Badgers, who have two losses. Auburn (#15, #15 AP) made a huge leap after obliterating (then ranked) Arkansas 56-3. Western Michigan (#16, #20 AP) and Tennessee (#17, #18 AP) stayed put. Florida (#18, #14 AP) and Oklahoma (#19, #16 AP) continue to be slightly overrated in the AP Poll. North Carolina (#20, #21 AP), Navy (#21, #22 AP) and Colorado (#22, #23 AP) inched up in the rankings. LSU (#23, #19 AP), Penn State (#24, #24 AP) and Virginia Tech (#25, #25 AP) round out my top 25.

Do you agree with my rankings? While you think about it, here are the best games to watch in week 9:

West Virginia @ Oklahoma State – 11:00 AM on FOX

Florida vs Georgia – 2:30 PM on CBS

Baylor @ Texas – 2:30 PM on ABC

Washington @ Utah Р2:30 PM on FS1

Nebraska @ Wisconsin – 6:00 PM on ESPN

Clemson @ Florida State – 7:00 PM on ABC

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