College Football Top 10 — Week 8
Week 7 was proof that even so-called experts don’t know what will happen in any given week of college football. Four AP top 10 ranked teams lost over the weekend of Friday the 13th, and teams like LSU and USC got big wins to power themselves higher in the rankings. Let’s dive into the top 10 teams for Week 8.
1. Alabama (Last Week- 1)
‘Bama once again blew away competition in Week 7, defeating Arkansas by a 41–9 score. That moves the Crimson Tide’s point differential to +234 on the season. Wow. Quarterback Jalen Hurts has played exceptionally over the last few games, with seven touchdowns in his past three outings. Alabama’s real test comes in the next two weeks, with showdowns versus Tennessee and LSU on the calendar. The 7–0 Tide continue to impress and will keep on rolling through opponents under Nick Saban’s leadership.
2. Georgia (LW- 4)
The Bulldogs continue to roll over every opponent in their path, annihilating Missouri 53–28 last week. Georgia’s senior running back Nick Chubb has lit up SEC defenses this year, running for 688 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season. They have a bye this week, then take on the Florida Gators on October 28th in Athens. Jake Fromm has picked up right where Jacob Eason left off and has the Bulldogs climbing the rankings.
3. Penn State (LW- 3)
The Nittany Lions had the week off and should be refreshed and ready to go for this back-breaking three week stretch of Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State. Saquon Barkley shows no signs of slowing down after registering 341 rushing yards in his last 3 games. PSU has not had a true challenge yet, but James Franklin and Lions will endure a tough test in the next couple of games.
4. Ohio State (LW- 7)
Urban Meyer has his team playing at an unbelievably high level right now. The offense has put up 54, 56, 62, and 56 points in their last four games, respectively. Also, the Buckeyes are 4–0 in Big Ten play. JT Barrett has been good, but not great, at quarterback recently. Ohio State still visits Iowa and Michigan, and also plays Penn State in two weeks.
5. TCU (LW- 5)
The Horned Frogs had been extremely underrated coming into Week 7, but then showed what they are made of with a big 26–6 victory at Kansas State. TCU has huge wins at Oklahoma State and against West Virginia, and is finally getting some love at the polls. For the most part, QB Kenny Hill and the Frogs have an easy schedule, and could very well get in the Playoff if they take care of business. There is one more game to worry TCU fans, though, and it comes in the form of the Oklahoma Sooners in Week 11.
6. Clemson (LW- 2)
Clemson took a huge step back in their loss to Syracuse last Friday. Not only on the field, but also off of it, as Kelly Bryant went down with a concussion. Bryant might be back versus Georgia Tech after this bye week, but perhaps not with full mobility, as he is hampered by a sprained ankle too. The Tigers are reeling after that close loss at the Carrier Dome, but are still 6–1 overall and have winnable games against The Citadel and South Carolina upcoming.
7. Oklahoma (LW- 9)
The Sooners were victorious in the Red River Showdown over Texas last Saturday, winning 29–24. Baker Mayfield threw for 302 yards and two scores in the game and is a legitimate Heisman contender. OU has a very tough remaning slate of games, however, as they still must play at Kansas State and Oklahoma State, then take on TCU and West Virginia in Norman.
8. Miami (Unranked)
“The U” has the benefit (or curse) of an easy schedule this season. They have a real chance to go undefeated this year, but have played the likes of Bethune-Cookman and Toledo so far. A rivalry game with Notre Dame stands in their way, though, and the Irish have looked good in the last few weeks. The Hurricanes have won their last five games at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and look to continue that streak Saturday against Syracuse.
9. USC (Unranked)
Sam Darnold leads the 6–1 Trojans into South Bend tomorrow for a matchup with AP ranked #13 Notre Dame. This is make or break time for USC. A loss takes them out of the Playoff question, while a win should propel them into serious contention for a place in one of college football’s most prestigious events.
10. Wisconsin (Unranked)
It finally happened. I was reluctant, but the Badgers are in the top 10.They have played absolutely no one, including Florida Atlantic and Utah State. None of Wisconsin’s six opponents have a winning record. They don’t play Ohio State or Penn State this year either. Anyhow, the Badgers should be on upset alert this week when they play Maryland. The Terrapins are scoring an average of 32 points per game.
Next in Line: Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, NC State
Dropped Out: Washington, Auburn, Washington State
New to the Top 10: Miami, USC, Wisconsin