NCAA Week 8 AP Poll

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Week 8 turned into survival week for many top 25 teams, and while some teams, like Oregon, more than met the challenge, while others, like Stanford, couldn’t stop their fall from grace. The big drops for the week belong to the aforementioned Stanford, who took a 27-21 loss by the hands of Utah, and tumbled from No. 5 to No. 13. The Georgia Bulldogs bid to make the National Championship game was essentially ended as they lost to unbeaten Missouri, 41-26. The Bulldogs fell from No. 7 to No. 15 as Missouri was able to leap frog them into the No. 14 spot. While the Longhorns are less than a longshot to make a National Title game, the were at least able to hurt Oklahoma’s chance as the Sooners went down in Dallas, 36-20. The loss drop Oklahoma from No. 12 to No. 18, meanwhile Texas is still on the outside looking in but a win next week could put them back in the top 25. The Big Ten saw two teams tumble as No. 18 Michigan and No. 19 Northwestern lost to unranked Penn State and Wisconsin respectively, knocking both out of the top 25. Michigan lost a heartbreaker in a 4OT game, 43-40, while Northwestern is still looking for their first Big Ten win as they were blown out 35-6. The win for Wisconsin was enough to get them in at No. 25 in this weeks poll. On the winning side of survival week, the luckiest survivor has to be Johnny Football and his Texas A&M team. Johnny Manziel had an injury scare and he did not throw for a touchdown, but lucky for his team he ran for two and help his team get in position for a last second field goal that helped them top Ole Miss, 41-38. Another Texas team, No. 20 Texas Tech, had their hands full this week, but in the end they pull out the 42-35 victory over Iowa State. No. 15 Baylor needed a 14 point fourth quarter to survive Kansas St. 35-25, while No. 23 Northern Illinois used a strong offensive start and a great defensive finish to remain unbeaten getting a 27-20 win over Akron. Finally No. 2 Oregon displayed their amazing offense as they handle No. 16 Washington, 45-24, dropping the Huskies to No. 20 this week. Here’s a look at the complete Top 25:
(###) Number of first place votes
 
1 Alabama
Alabama (55)
Record: 6-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,495

2 Oregon
Oregon (5)
Record: 6-0
2
1,438
3 Clemson
Record: 6-0
3
1,352
4 Ohio State
Record: 6-0
4
1,330
5 Florida State
Record: 5-0
6
1,242
6 LSU
Record: 6-1
10
1,137
7 Texas A&M
Record: 5-1
9
1,105
8 Louisville
Record: 6-0
8
1,077
9 UCLA
Record: 5-0
11
1,017
10 Miami (FL)
Record: 5-0
13
912
11 South Carolina
Record: 5-1
14
896
12 Baylor
Record: 5-0
15
849
13 Stanford
Record: 5-1
5
824
14 Missouri
Record: 6-0
25
749
15 Georgia
Record: 4-2
7
615
16 Texas Tech
Record: 6-0
20
590
17 Fresno State
Record: 5-0
21
383
18 Oklahoma
Record: 5-1
12
380
19 Virginia Tech
Record: 6-1
24
352
20 Washington
Record: 4-2
16
309
21 Oklahoma State
Record: 4-1
22
264
22 Florida
Record: 4-2
17
249
23 Northern Illinois
Record: 6-0
23
185
24 Auburn
Record: 5-1
26
156
25 Wisconsin
Record: 4-2
29
153

Others receiving votes:

Michigan 118, Nebraska 94, Michigan St. 69, Utah 47, Notre Dame 39, Oregon St. 21, UCF 19, Texas 16, Arizona St. 7, Northwestern 7, Houston 3, Rutgers 1

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