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AP Top 25 Poll - Week Eight

Several upsets shook up the top 25. Also, North Carolina played a football game.

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Last weekend was a wild one in college football as several top ten teams all went down. While UNC doesn’t factor into the top 25 and didn’t really play any part in the craziness, let’s take a look at how things shook out after the madness finished.

Top 25

  1. Alabama (61)
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Clemson
  8. Miami (FL)
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. USC
  12. Washington
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Washington State
  16. NC State
  17. South Florida
  18. Michigan State
  19. Michigan
  20. UCF
  21. Auburn
  22. Stanford
  23. West Virginia
  24. LSU
  25. Memphis

Where is UNC?

Yeaaaaah, no.

The Tar Heels dropped to 1-6 with their loss to Virginia. The defense played well once again, but some poor turnovers and some questionable officiating doomed UNC to a third straight loss.

Things might not get any better as they head to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech, who are up to #14 in the AP Poll.

Biggest Losers

  • In a weekend that saw several top 10 teams lose, the team who had the biggest drop in the polls was Auburn. The Tigers led LSU 17-0 after the first quarter and led by as many as 20 points before eventually losing.
  • Both Washington and Washington State dropped seven spots following their losses. The Huskies managed just seven points in a loss at Arizona State. Somehow that was more than their state rivals managed on Friday night. WSU put up just three points on the Cal team that UNC scored 30 against.
  • Clemson fell from second to seventh after their loss to Syracuse. Last year the Tigers bounced back after a ACC loss and still went out to win the national title, so dropping this game may not be the biggest deal in the world. Losing quarterback Kelly Bryant, who suffered a concussion in the loss, might be a big deal, however.

Biggest Winners

  • After beating Auburn, LSU is back in the top 25. That might not be totally deserved considering the loss to Troy that’s still on their resume, but the Tigers now sit at #24.
  • Oklahoma State got back into the top 10 following their dominant win over Baylor. Mason Rudolph threw for a gaudy 459 yards and three touchdowns, taking him over 2,000 yards for the season.
  • Matching the Cowboys as the biggest gainers was NC State, who also moved up four spots.

On the Outside Looking in

  • Virginia moved to 5-1 with their win over UNC, and now find themselves receiving votes. Boston College did beat Louisville over the weekend, but you would think the Cavaliers could beat them at home. Win that game and it’s not impossible UVA makes up the 52 ranking points it would take to get them into the top 25.
  • Texas A&M beat Florida, but it wasn’t enough to get in the top 25, as they fell 16 ranking points short. Meanwhile, fellow SEC member Kentucky got a bye, but also aren’t terribly far outside the top 25. The Wildcats have some winnable games in their next couple outings, so we may be looking at a ranked Kentucky team very soon.

Top 25 Conference Breakdown

  • Big Ten: 5 teams
  • SEC: 4 teams
  • Big 12: 4 teams
  • ACC: 4 teams
  • AAC: 3 teams
  • Independents: 1 team

Top 25 Games This Week

  • #11 USC at #13 Notre Dame: Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on NBC
  • #19 Michigan at #2 Penn State: Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on ABC

Upset Alert

  • #8 Miami hosts Syracuse, who are fresh off an upset of Clemson. Miami will probably be more alert of the danger of playing the Orange, but it’s still something to keep an eye on.
  • Texas narrowly lost to Oklahoma last weekend, and now this week they get a shot at Oklahoma State. The Longhorns host the Cowboys in Austin. Texas has nine interceptions so far this season, which is interesting considering how much Oklahoma State will throw the ball. Some turnovers could make this game intereting.
  • #20 UCF has started the season 5-0 under second year coach Scott Frost. Still a long way to go, but they and South Florida have separated themselves in the race for the Group of Five New Year’s Six bowl slot. And for all that, they get to deal with an option teams. Fresh off their first loss of the season, Navy hosts UCF on Saturday in a crucial AAC game.