Upsets. Everywhere. Such was the weekend that had college football fans on the edge of their seats from Friday night all the way until the wee hours of Sunday morning. The once steady and dominant Clemson Tigers dropped five spots from second t0 7th, while two top tier Pac-12 programs in Washington and Washington State dropped out of the top 10. With these latter losses, the once-hyped Pac-12 conference could be without a team in the College Football Playoff by the end of the season.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings 2017: Week 8
The Big 12 conference, on the other hand, saw a nice resurgence in the rankings as TCU broke through the top five as the 4th ranked team in the nation while Oklahoma and Oklahoma State pushed their way into the top 10. Of course, the Crimson Tide are still the best team in college football and are unlikely to face intense competition until the Iron Bowl game against Auburn at the end of the regular season (even that may be far-fetched considering Auburn lost to LSU at home). A sleeper team to keep an eye are the well-balanced NC State Wolfpack who are currently tied with USF for 16th in rankings.
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Although Penn St. was off on a bye week, their stout defense and the dynamically dominant offense was enough to push them up one spot into second behind Alabama. This is Penn State‘s highest ranking since Halloween of 1999. If Penn St. can get a critical Big 10 win at home against a formidable Wolverines defense next week, they will firmly cement their place as one of the best teams in college football.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 15, 2017
Dropped from rankings: San Diego State 18, Utah 23, Navy 25
Those receiving votes that did not make the poll: Kentucky 64, Memphis 50, Virginia 42, San Diego State 39, South Carolina 19, Utah 14, Navy 9, Mississippi State 6, Boise State 4, Colorado State 4, Marshall 3, Florida 2, Georgia Tech 2, Iowa State 2