Marquee Week 8 college football matchups include games between Big Ten rivals Michigan and Michigan State, Big 12 rivals Oklahoma and TCU and much more.
An eventful Week 8 that concluded with a top-five upset left its inevitable mark on the Amway Coaches Poll, but Alabama is still the head of the field by a wide margin.
The Crimson Tide received all but two first-place votes cast this week after another convincing victory, this time at longtime SEC rival Tennessee. Clemson, which was also quite impressive in dispatching formerly unbeaten North Carolina State, is back in the No. 2 spot claiming the remaining top votes.
Notre Dame, still among the undefeated after an open date, climbs to a season-best No. 3. LSU, which took care of Mississippi State, is No. 4 with a huge showdown with Alabama looming in two weeks.
Stock up: Michigan. The Wolverines, 21-7 winners at Michigan State, vault to No. 5. They leapfrog No. 6 Georgia, which stays put after a bye week heading into Saturday’s all-important clash with No. 11 Florida.
Stock down: Ohio State. The Buckeyes tumble from the No. 2 spot to No. 9 after their 49-20 loss at Purdue.
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Stock up: Washington State. The Cougars make the biggest move of the week, climbing eight places to No. 15 after a big home victory against …
Stock down: Oregon. The Ducks, whose second-half comeback attempt came up short in Pullman, drop 10 positions to No. 21
Stock up: Iowa. The Hawkeyes gain four slots to No. 18 after blanking Maryland.
Stock down: North Carolina State. The Wolfpack take a seven-place demotion to No. 22 after the tough outing at Clemson.
New kids on the block: No. 24 Utah, No. 25 Miami (Fla.).
College dropouts: Cincinnati, Colorado.
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