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Smeltz’s College Football Top 25: Week 8

Before we get into Smeltz’s top 25 for this week, here’s who dropped out from last week’s rankings.

  • Purdue (No. 24)
  • Tulane (No. 25).

Nothing changed in the top seven of this week’s poll. The first big shift is UCLA falling from No. 8 to No. 17 after a 45-30 loss at Oregon.

Four Big Ten teams are ranked, and, yes, Penn State is one of them.

Now, here are Smeltz’s top 25 rankings after Week 8’s college football slate.

*Note: These will feature brief explanations for the top four teams and any Big Ten school that appears in the rankings.

No. 1. Tennessee— I explained my reasoning for Tennessee being No. 1 in last week’s rankings. The Vols took care of business against UT-Martin, so nothing has changed.

No. 2. Ohio State— Beating Iowa 54-10 won’t do anything to hurt Ohio State.

No. 3. Michigan— The Wolverines had a bye week, so they’ll stay at No. 3.

No. 4. Georgia— The Bulldogs had a bye week, so they’ll stay at No. 4.

No. 5. Clemson

No. 6. Alabama

No. 7. TCU

No. 8. Oregon

No. 9. USC

No. 10. Oklahoma State

No. 11. Wake Forest

No. 12. Penn State— The AP and coaches polls moved Penn State up from No. 16 to No. 13 after its 45-17 win over Minnesota this past Saturday. I moved it slightly higher.

No. 13. Ole Miss

No. 14. Syracuse

No. 15. LSU

No. 16. Utah

No. 17. UCLA

No. 18. Kentucky

No. 19. Cincinnati

No. 20. North Carolina

No. 21. Kansas State

No. 22. Illinois— It’s been a nice turnaround for the Illini, who are 6-1. I can’t have a team that beat Iowa 9-6 in the top 20.

No. 23. NC State

No. 24. Texas

No. 25. Oregon State

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