With week eight of the college football season in the books, here are my NCAAF rankings.
1. Mississippi State (6-0) – With their third win against a top-10 team in a row, the Bulldogs have earned the No. 1 ranking.
2. Florida State (6-0) – The Seminoles haven’t necessarily done anything to lose the No. 1 spot, but they will have a chance to regain it when they face Notre Dame on October 18.
3. Ole Miss (6-0) – Bo Wallace keeps proving his doubters wrong, and this defense is arguably the best in the nation.
4. Baylor (6-0) – The Bears came up big against TCU with 24 unanswered points in the 4th quarter, but the 58 points its defense gave up has to be a concern.
5. Notre Dame (6-0) – The Irish keep winning, and all eyes are on their showdown with Florida State on Saturday.
6. Auburn (5-1) – A tough loss in Starkville won’t completely derail the Tigers’ season, but things don’t get any easier from here as they’ve still got four ranked opponents ahead.
7. Alabama (5-1) – The Tide are as tough as ever, but surviving the SEC West may prove too tough for even Nick Saban to handle.
8. Oregon (5-1) – A huge win in Pasadena seemingly has the Ducks’ season right back on track, but is one loss too much to overcome this season?
9. Georgia (5-1) – The Bulldogs didn’t skip a beat without Todd Gurley, but one more loss in a relatively easy SEC schedule will crush any playoff hopes they have.
10. Michigan State (5-1) – Its loss to Oregon looks a lot worse after the Ducks’ loss to Arizona; even winning out may not be enough for the Spartans to make the playoffs.
11. TCU (4-1) – The Horned Frogs needed a win against Baylor to have an outside shot at the playoffs, but those dreams seem dead now.
12. Oklahoma (5-1) – The Sooners find themselves on the outside looking in after coming into the season as a projected playoff team. Wins against K-State, Baylor, and OK State may be enough to boost them back into contention.
13. Kansas State (4-1) – If the Wildcats win out (yet to face: Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State), they can find themselves in serious playoff contention
14. Ohio State (4-1) – The Buckeyes have rebounded nicely from their early-season blunder against Virginia Tech. However, their schedule just isn’t tough enough to bump them back into playoff contention.
15. Arizona (5-1) – The Wildcats came back to Earth against USC, but still lead the race for the Pac-12 South running.
16. Arizona State (4-1) – The Sun Devils moved up a few spots following their bye week; their looming showdown with Stanford on Saturday will go a long way toward their Pac-12 South title hopes.
17. Oklahoma State (5-1) – The Cowboys have a tough road ahead, but only beating Kansas by a touchdown isn’t the most promising sign moving forward.
18. East Carolina (5-1) – The Pirates continue to rise up the top-25 rankings with their powerful passing attack. They play a powder puff schedule, but WOW this team can light it up.
19. Utah (5-1) – Without a loss to Washington State, the Utes would be a top-12 team. Their rise this season has made the Pac-12 South impossible to predict.
20. Nebraska (5-1) – Ameer Abdullah is single-handedly keeping this team relevant, but their schedule isn’t impressive enough to warrant any goals loftier than a B1G title.
21. Texas A&M (5-2) – Another lackluster effort sends the Aggies spiraling down the rankings. A complete lack of defense hasn’t done them any favors, either.
22. USC (4-2) – The Trojans kept their Pac-12 South title hopes alive with a fortunate win in Tucson. RB Javorius “Buck” Allen (205 yards 3 TDs) looks like a dark horse Heisman candidate)
23. Stanford (4-2) – The Cardinal look like a shell of last year’s Rose Bowl team. Luckily, no team is running away with the Pac-12 North – they’ll have a chance to right the ship against Arizona State on Saturday.
24. UCLA (4-2) – Another loss firmly puts the Bruins out of the national title hunt. Perhaps playoff hopes were a bit unwarranted, but the Bruins are still alive for a Pac-12 championship.
25. Clemson (4-2) – A 4-2 record isn’t so bad when those two losses are to Georgia and Florida State. The Tigers have come back strong since losing to the Seminoles; unfortunately unless Florida State loses a couple conference games, Clemson has no shot at an ACC title.
Just Missed the Cut:
Marshall (6-0), Duke (5-1), Washington (5-1), LSU (5-2)
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