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Top 25: Week Eight

It was another weird and wild weekend in college football.

Syndication: USA TODAY Bryon Houlgrave / USA TODAY NETWORK

So far in this 2021 season, there’s only been two weeks in which a top five team hasn’t lost. This weekend was another one, as then #2 Iowa was the victim, falling to Purdue. While some of the preseason favorite are starting to rise back up after slow starts, it’s still been a fairly wild year in college football.

That’s included UNC, who played yet another wild game over the weekend, but eventually prevailed against Miami. With that game and another weekend in the books, let’s take a look at the rankings after week seven.

AP Top 25

  1. Georgia Bulldogs (63 first place votes)
  2. Cincinnati Bearcats
  3. Oklahoma Sooners
  4. Alabama Crimson Tide
  5. Ohio State Buckeyes
  6. Michigan Wolverines
  7. Penn State Nittany Lions
  8. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  9. Michigan State Spartans
  10. Oregon Ducks
  11. Iowa Hawkeyes
  12. Ole Miss Rebels
  13. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  14. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
  15. Kentucky Wildcats
  16. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  17. Texas A&M Aggies
  18. NC State Wolfpack
  19. Auburn Tigers
  20. Baylor Bears
  21. SMU Mustangs
  22. San Diego State Aztecs
  23. Pitt Panthers
  24. UTSA Roadrunners
  25. Purdue Boilermakers

Where is UNC?

Carolina at least got back in the win column over the weekend, but the win didn’t do anything to get the Tar Heels back in the rankings. UNC is still receiving no votes in this week’s AP Poll.

Biggest Winners

Auburn’s wild ride of a season continued this weekend. After starting the year unranked, they reached a high of 18, dropped out last week, and are now back in and up #19. There weren’t many big jumps within the top 25, but the Tigers are one of five new teams that have entered the poll this week. The most notable of the new teams is probably UTSA, who are into the AP Poll for the first time in program history. Also, the AAC’s Cincinnati is now up to number two, the first time in a long time that a non-power five team has been up that high.

Biggest Losers

Iowa had maybe the most notable win in the country last weekend when they beat Penn State in a top five matchup. On Saturday, they had maybe the most notable loss in the country. The Hawkeyes fell from the ranks of the unbeaten after a loss to Purdue, dropping them nine spots in the poll.

Conference Breakdown

  • Big Ten: 6
  • SEC: 6
  • ACC: 3
  • Big 12: 3
  • AAC: 2
  • Conference USA: 1
  • Independent: 1
  • Mountain West: 1
  • Pac-12: 1
  • Sun Belt: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #14 Coastal Carolina (6-0, 2-0 Sun Belt) at Appalachian State (4-2, 1-1 Sun Belt) - Wednesday at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN2
  • #16 Wake Forest (6-0) at Army (4-2) - Saturday at 12 PM ET on CBS Sports Network
  • #22 San Diego State (6-0, 2-0 Mountain West) at Air Force (6-1, 3-1 Mountain West) - Saturday at 7 PM ET on CBS Sports Network

Coaches Poll

  1. Georgia (65 first place votes)
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Alabama
  5. Ohio State
  6. Michigan
  7. Michigan State
  8. Penn State
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Oregon
  11. Iowa
  12. Ole Miss
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Kentucky
  15. Wake Forest
  16. Coastal Carolina
  17. Texas A&M
  18. NC State
  19. SMU
  20. Baylor
  21. San Diego State
  22. Auburn
  23. Pitt
  24. Clemson
  25. UTSA