How the AP Top 25 should’ve looked based on Week 8 performances
Which teams passed the eye-test on Saturday?
Several games featuring nationally-ranked programs came down to the wire including defending national champion Florida State’s thrilling 31-27 victory over Notre Dame after a disputed pass interference call on 4th-and-goal went against the Irish.
No, this is not a real poll and is only a ranking of teams based on Saturday’s games only. We’ve included the Week 9 AP Top 25 for comparison.
Here’s how the AP TOP 25 should’ve looked based on Week 8 performances only
1. Mississippi State — We’re not penalizing who we consider college football’s best team (three straight Top 10 wins) due to a bye.
2. Alabama — Texas A&M, take a seat. The Crimson Tide blew the doors off Kevin Sumlin’s team in a public shakedown of the West’s biggest pretender. Alabama looked the part, much to the fanbase’s chagrin after what supporters considered a less-than-impressive Week 7 win over Arkansas.
3. Ole Miss — The nation’s best defense continues to prove its worth. Even when the Rebels don’t click on all cylinders offensively, they’re winning games — a sign of a great team.
4. Florida State — Beating Notre Dame was a signature win for the Seminoles, by far their most impressive this season. Love him or hate him, sophomore Jameis Winston comes through in the clutch and remains unbeaten as a starting quarterback.
5. Georgia — For East homers everywhere, the Bulldogs finally delivered some divisional pride with a knockout punch to a rival from the West behind freshman tailback Nick Chubb. It was the SEC West’s first loss outside of divisional play in an incredible 28 games this season.
7. Notre Dame — Arguably the nation’s best one-loss team outside of the SEC, the Fighting Irish is talented enough to win out and make it very interesting when the committee picks its four Playoff teams.
9. Michigan State
10. West Virginia — No, the Mountaineers are not the 10th best team in college football but their performance against previously unbeaten Baylor was college football’s second-most impressive victory on Saturday.
12. Kansas State
13. Ohio State
14. Arizona State — The Sun Devils turned up the heat defensively and won their second straight game over a ranked team from the Pac-12, this time Stanford.
16. LSU — Les Miles’ team reminded us all how foolish it was to dismiss the Tigers following two losses to Western Division elites. LSU stomped Kentucky to setup Saturday’s showdown in Death Valley against Ole Miss.
19. East Carolina
21. Marshall — The Thundering Herd appear to be East Carolina’s biggest challenger for the non-Power 5 ‘big-game’ bowl berth. Rakeem Cato set a new NCAA record with a touchdown pass in his 39th straight game as Marshall stayed unbeaten at Florida International.
22. Duke — Some say it’s SEC bias. The Blue Devils (6-1) still aren’t ranked (LSU at 6-2 is ahead in the polls) despite a quality 20-13 win over Virginia.
24. Clemson — Dabo Swinney’s club won their second straight game in the ACC with a late defensive stop at Boston College. The Tigers held former Gator quarterback Tyler Murphy, one of the NCAA’s rushing leaders at the position, to just 55 yards on 13 carries.