College Football Rankings 1 To 130: Week 8. Everything Is About To Blow Up

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College Football News 2021 college football rankings after Week 8 for all 130 teams with results and who’s up next week.

It’s the week before it all blows up.

Penn State losing to Illinois was a big deal, and the sleepwalking wins by a few top teams matters a little bit, but we’re about to get into the real fun with the Big Ten East teams about to play each other, the ACC season about to heat up for real – yes, with Wake Forest and Pitt must watch from here on – and with Oklahoma having to step up its game fast.

And Georgia plays Florida next Saturday.

There aren’t a ton of big changes here – as always, if you have a beef, look at the schedule and you’ll probably find your answer – but don’t settle in. These rankings – especially the top 25 – are about to get interesting over the next few weeks.

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CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 8
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 8 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Big Game Reactions: Illinois, Oregon, Pitt & more
Week 8 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 8

130 UConn Huskies (1-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 129
Week 8: Middle Tennessee 44, UConn 13
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

129 FIU Golden Panthers (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 130
Week 8: WKU 34, FIU 19
Week 9 Opponent: at Marshall

128 UMass Minutemen (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 128
Week 8: Florida State 59, UMass 3
Week 9 Opponent: at Liberty

127 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 126
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Middle Tennessee

126 Ohio Bobcats (1-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 127
Week 8: Kent State 34, Ohio 27
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

125 Bowling Green Falcons (2-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 123
Week 8: Eastern Michigan 55, Bowling Green 24
Week 9 Opponent: at Buffalo

124 Akron Zips (2-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 122
Week 8: Buffalo 45, Akron 10
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

123 New Mexico State Aggies (1-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 124
Week 8: Hawaii 48, New Mexico State 34
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

122 North Texas Mean Green (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 118
Week 8: Liberty 35, North Texas 26
Week 9 Opponent: at Rice

121 Old Dominion Monarchs (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 117
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Louisiana Tech

120 Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 121
Week 8: Louisiana 28, Arkansas State 27
Week 9 Opponent: at South Alabama

119 UNLV Rebels (0-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 119
Week 8: San Jose State 27, UNLV 20
Week 9 Opponent: at Nevada

118 Georgia Southern Eagles (2-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 116
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Georgia State

117 South Alabama Jaguars (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 115
Week 8: ULM 41, South Alabama 31
Week 9 Opponent: Arkansas State

116 Texas State Bobcats (2-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 114
Week 8: Georgia State 28, Texas State 16
Week 9 Opponent: at Louisiana

115 Troy Trojans (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 113
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Coastal Carolina (Oct. 28)

114 New Mexico Lobos (3-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 120
Week 8: New Mexico 14, Wyoming 3
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

113 Tulane Green Wave (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 109
Week 8: SMU 55, Tulane 26
Week 9 Opponent: Cincinnati

112 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 111
Week 8: Middle Tennessee 44, UConn 13
Week 9 Opponent: Southern Miss

111 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 106
Week 8: UTSA 45, Louisiana Tech 16
Week 9 Opponent: at Old Dominion

110 UTEP Miners (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 104
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Florida Atlantic

109 Arizona Wildcats (0-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 107
Week 8: Washington 21, Arizona 16
Week 9 Opponent: at USC

108 Kansas Jayhawks (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 112
Week 8: Oklahoma 35, Kansas 23
Week 9 Opponent: at Oklahoma State

107 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 108
Week 8: Mississippi State 45, Vanderbilt 6
Week 9 Opponent: Missouri

106 Duke Blue Devils (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 102
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Wake Forest

105 Florida Atlantic Owls (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 103
Week 8: Florida Atlantic 38, Charlotte 9
Week 9 Opponent: UTEP

104 Colorado Buffaloes (2-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 98
Week 8: Cal 26, Colorado 3
Week 9 Opponent: at Oregon

103 Cal Golden Bears (2-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 99
Week 8: Cal 26, Colorado 3
Week 9 Opponent: Oregon State

102 Marshall Thundering Herd (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 97
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: FIU

101 Buffalo Bulls (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 83
Week 8: Buffalo 45, Akron 10
Week 9 Opponent: Bowling Green

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 8
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 8 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Big Game Reactions: Illinois, Oregon, Pitt & more
Week 8 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 100

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 100

100 UAB Blazers (5-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 95
Week 8: Rice 30, UAB 24
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

99 Rice Owls (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 125
Week 8: Rice 30, UAB 24
Week 9 Opponent: North Texas

98 Charlotte 49ers (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 89
Week 8: Florida Atlantic 38, Charlotte 9
Week 9 Opponent: at WKU

97 Liberty Flames (6-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 94
Week 8: Liberty 35, North Texas 26
Week 9 Opponent: UMass

96 ULM Warhawks (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 93
Week 8: ULM 41, South Alabama 31
Week 9 Opponent: at Appalachian State

95 Georgia State Panthers (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 92
Week 8: Georgia State 28, Texas State 16
Week 9 Opponent: at Georgia Southern

94 Navy Midshipmen (1-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 90
Week 8: Cincinnati 27, Navy 20
Week 9 Opponent: at Tulsa (Oct. 29)

93 Memphis Tigers (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 88
Week 8: UCF 24, Memphis 7
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

92 Temple Owls (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 87
Week 8: USF 34, Temple 14
Week 9 Opponent: UCF

91 USF Bulls (2-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 105
Week 8: USF 34, Temple 14
Week 9 Opponent: at East Carolina (Oct. 28)

90 East Carolina Pirates (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 96
Week 8: Houston 31, East Carolina 24 OT
Week 9 Opponent: USF (Oct. 28)

89 Central Michigan Chippewas (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 101
Week 8: Northern Illinois 39, Central Michigan 38
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

88 San Jose State Spartans (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 86
Week 8: San Jose State 27, UNLV 20
Week 9 Opponent: Wyoming

87 South Carolina Gamecocks (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 81
Week 8: Texas A&M 44, South Carolina 14
Week 9 Opponent: at East Carolina (Oct. 28)

86 Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 85
Week 8: Eastern Michigan 55, Bowling Green 24
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

85 Miami University RedHawks (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 110
Week 8: Miami University 24, Ball State 17
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

84 Western Michigan Broncos (5-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 64
Week 8: Toledo 34, Western Michigan 15
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

83 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 84
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Navy (Oct. 29)

82 Kent State Golden Flashes (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 100
Week 8: Kent State 34, Ohio 27
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

81 Ball State Cardinals (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 79
Week 8: Miami University 24, Ball State 17
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

80 UCF Knights (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 91
Week 8: UCF 24, Memphis 7
Week 9 Opponent: at Temple

79 Wyoming Cowboys (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 71
Week 8: New Mexico 14, Wyoming 3
Week 9 Opponent: at San Jose State

78 WKU Hilltoppers (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 82
Week 8: WKU 34, FIU 19
Week 9 Opponent: Charlotte

77 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 73
Week 8: Hawaii 48, New Mexico State 34
Week 9 Opponent: at Utah State

76 Toledo Rockets (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 77
Week 8: Toledo 34, Western Michigan 15
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 8
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 8 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Big Game Reactions: Illinois, Oregon, Pitt & more
Week 8 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 75

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 75

75 Army Black Knights (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 80
Week 8: Wake Forest 70, Army 56
Week 9 Opponent: Air Force (in Arlington)

74 Washington Huskies (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 78
Week 8: Washington 21, Arizona 16
Week 9 Opponent: at Stanford

73 Boston College Eagles (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 55
Week 8: Louisville 28, Boston College 14
Week 9 Opponent: at Syracuse

72 Missouri Tigers (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 65
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Vanderbilt

71 Virginia Tech Hokies (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 54
Week 8: Syracuse 41, Virginia Tech 36
Week 9 Opponent: at Georgia Tech

70 Syracuse Orange (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 76
Week 8: Syracuse 41, Virginia Tech 36
Week 9 Opponent: Boston College

69 Florida State Seminoles (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 75
Week 8: Florida State 59, UMass 3
Week 9 Opponent: at Clemson

68 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 68
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Illinois

67 Colorado State Rams (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 69
Week 8: Utah State 26, Colorado State 24
Week 9 Opponent: Boise State

66 Northwestern Wildcats (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 66
Week 8: Michigan 33, Northwestern 7
Week 9 Opponent: Minnesota

65 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 39
Week 8: Appalachian State 30, Coastal Carolina 27
Week 9 Opponent: Troy (Oct. 28)

64 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 62
Week 8: Virginia 48, Georgia Tech 40
Week 9 Opponent: Virginia Tech

63 Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 72
Week 8: Appalachian State 30, Coastal Carolina 27
Week 9 Opponent: ULM

62 Northern Illinois Huskies (6-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 61
Week 8: Northern Illinois 39, Central Michigan 38
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

61 Miami Hurricanes (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 70
Week 8: Miami 31, NC State 30
Week 9 Opponent: at Pitt

60 Virginia Cavaliers (6-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 67
Week 8: Virginia 48, Georgia Tech 40
Week 9 Opponent: at BYU

59 North Carolina Tar Heels (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 63
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Notre Dame

58 USC Trojans (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 60
Week 8: Notre Dame 31, USC 16
Week 9 Opponent: Arizona

57 Indiana Hoosiers (2-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 52
Week 8: Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
Week 9 Opponent: at Maryland

56 Louisville Cardinals (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 74
Week 8: Louisville 28, Boston College 14
Week 9 Opponent: at NC State

55 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 59
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Purdue

54 Stanford Cardinal (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 56
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Washington

53 Washington State Cougars (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 51
Week 8: BYU 21, Washington State 19
Week 9 Opponent: at Arizona State

52 Illinois Fighting Illini (3-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 58
Week 8: Illinois 20, Penn State 18 9OT
Week 9 Opponent: Rutgers

51 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 40
Week 8: Louisiana 28, Arkansas State 27
Week 9 Opponent: Texas State

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 8
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 8 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Big Game Reactions: Illinois, Oregon, Pitt & more
Week 8 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 50

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 50

50 Utah Utes (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 23
Week 8: Oregon State 42, Utah 34
Week 9 Opponent: UCLA

49 Oregon State Beavers (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 57
Week 8: Oregon State 42, Utah 34
Week 9 Opponent: at Cal

48 West Virginia Mountaineers (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 53
Week 8: West Virginia 29, TCU 17
Week 9 Opponent: Iowa State

47 Boise State Broncos (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 49
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Colorado State

46 Maryland Terrapins (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 46
Week 8: Minnesota 34, Maryland 16
Week 9 Opponent: Indiana

45 Houston Cougars (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 50
Week 8: Houston 31, East Carolina 24 OT
Week 9 Opponent: SMU

44 Air Force Falcons (6-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 47
Week 8: San Diego State 20, Air Force 14
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

43 Utah State Aggies (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 45
Week 8: Utah State 26, Colorado State 24
Week 9 Opponent: Hawaii

42 Purdue Boilermakers (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 44
Week 8: Wisconsin 30, Purdue 13
Week 9 Opponent: at Nebraska

41 Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 38
Week 8: Kansas State 25, Texas Tech 24
Week 9 Opponent: at Oklahoma

40 TCU Horned Frogs (3-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 37
Week 8: West Virginia 29, TCU 17
Week 9 Opponent: at Kansas State

39 Nevada Wolf Pack (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 33
Week 8: Fresno State 34, Nevada 32
Week 9 Opponent: UNLV

38 Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 43
Week 8: Minnesota 34, Maryland 16
Week 9 Opponent: at Northwestern

37 Fresno State Bulldogs (6-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 48
Week 8: Fresno State 34, Nevada 32
Week 9 Opponent: at San Diego State

36 Wisconsin Badgers (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 42
Week 8: Wisconsin 30, Purdue 13
Week 9 Opponent: Iowa

35 UTSA Roadrunners (8-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 41
Week 8: UTSA 45, Louisiana Tech 16
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

34 Clemson Tigers (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 34
Week 8: Pitt 27, Clemson 17
Week 9 Opponent: Florida State

33 NC State Wolfpack (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 30
Week 8: Miami 31, NC State 30
Week 9 Opponent: Louisville

32 San Diego State Aztecs (7-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 35
Week 8: San Diego State 20, Air Force 14
Week 9 Opponent: Fresno State

31 Kansas State Wildcats (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 32
Week 8: Kansas State 25, Texas Tech 24
Week 9 Opponent: TCU

30 Tennessee Volunteers (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 28
Week 8: Alabama 52, Tennessee 24
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

29 SMU Mustangs (7-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 36
Week 8: SMU 55, Tulane 26
Week 9 Opponent: at Houston

28 Florida Gators (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 27
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Georgia (in Jacksonville)

27 Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 29
Week 8: Mississippi State 45, Vanderbilt 6
Week 9 Opponent: Kentucky

26 LSU Tigers (4-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 26
Week 8: Ole Miss 31, LSU 17
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 8
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 8 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Big Game Reactions: Illinois, Oregon, Pitt & more
Week 8 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 25

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 25

25 UCLA Bruins (5-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 25
Week 8: Oregon 34, UCLA 31
Week 9 Opponent: at Utah

24 Arizona State Sun Devils (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 24
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Washington State

23 BYU Cougars (6-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 31
Week 8: BYU 21, Washington State 19
Week 9 Opponent: Virginia

22 Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 13
Week 8: Illinois 20, Penn State 18 9OT
Week 9 Opponent: at Ohio State

21 Texas Longhorns (4-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 21
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Baylor

20 Iowa State Cyclones (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 20
Week 8: Iowa State 24, Oklahoma State 21
Week 9 Opponent: at West Virginia

19 Baylor Bears (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 19
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Texas

18 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 22
Week 8: Wake Forest 70, Army 56
Week 9 Opponent: Duke

17 Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 4
Week 8: Iowa State 24, Oklahoma State 21
Week 9 Opponent: Kansas

16 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 12
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Wisconsin

15 Texas A&M Aggies (6-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 18
Week 8: Texas A&M 44, South Carolina 14
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

14 Arkansas Razorbacks (5-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 17
Week 8: Arkansas 45, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

13 Pitt Panthers (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 16
Week 8: Pitt 27, Clemson 17
Week 9 Opponent: Miami

12 Auburn Tigers (5-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 14
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Ole Miss

11 Kentucky Wildcats (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 15
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: at Mississippi State

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 8
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 8 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Big Game Reactions: Illinois, Oregon, Pitt & more
Week 8 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 10

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 8 Top 10

10 Michigan State Spartans (7-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 11
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Michigan

This is a courtesy ranking until we see what happens when Big Blue comes to town this week. Michigan State has yet to beat at team with 1) a winning record and 2) is a lock to go bowling. It’s Game On this week with Michigan, then at Purdue, then the Maryland break before dealing with at Ohio State and Penn State.

9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 10
Week 8: Notre Dame 31, USC 16
Week 9 Opponent: North Carolina

It would be great to rank the Irish even higher with wins over Purdue, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, and USC, but that one loss to Cincinnati puts a hard ceiling on where this can go. There’s nothing flashy about what they’re doing, but they keep on winning against good opponent after good opponent.

8 Cincinnati Bearcats (7-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 7
Week 8: Cincinnati 27, Navy 20
Week 9 Opponent: at Tulane

Yeah, Navy is wee bit better than its 1-6 record, but not really.

Cincinnati needs style points now with just the one great win over Notre Dame and absolutely nothing else. However, the Irish keep on winning making that one great win look more and more amazing as the season goes on. Outside of a showdown against SMU, the rest of the schedule is awful – at Tulane, Tulsa, at USF, at East Carolina. The annihilations have to return.

7 Ole Miss Rebels (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 6
Week 8: Ole Miss 31, LSU 17
Week 9 Opponent: at Auburn

We don’t punish losses to amazing teams on the road. Losing at Alabama 42-21 is cost of doing business in the SEC, but wins over Arkansa, Tennessee, and now LSU are adding up fast. It’s a flawed team that has a fun test at Auburn coming up, but it’s getting the job done.

6 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 9
Week 8: Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
Week 9 Opponent: Penn State

Before getting too gushy about the Buckeyes rolling up 52 points or more in four straight blowouts … Akron, Rutgers, Maryland, and Indiana aren’t very good.

Even with the loss to Indiana, Penn State is still a solid team. Hang 50+ on the Nittany Lions, and then it’ll be time to get really excited. Even without that, Ohio State is playing like the best team in the Big Ten, but for now, it just can’t be ranked ahead of …

5 Oregon Ducks (6-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 8
Week 8: Oregon 34, UCLA 31
Week 9 Opponent: Colorado

It isn’t pretty, and the loss to Stanford is still an anchor, but no one outside Georgia is playing better than Ohio State, making the Duck win in Columbus still up there with the most impressive wins of the season – if not at the top of the list. With that said, it would be nice to come up with a full four quarter style point blowout soon, and it had better come at home against an awful Colorado.

4 Michigan Wolverines (7-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Week 8: Michigan 33, Northwestern 7
Week 9 Opponent: at Michigan State

There isn’t an amazing win on the slate so far, but there are a whole lot of round-first-base singles. Beating Northern Illinois by 53 is actually better than it seemed at the time, taking out Wisconsin by 21 is solid, and rolling through to a 7-0 record in this crazy year of upsets is terrific. Now it’s time to step it up with Michigan State up next.

3 Oklahoma Sooners (8-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 2
Week 8: Oklahoma 35, Kansas 23
Week 9 Opponent: Texas Tech

Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, let’s just rock chalk that up to a bad day against a horrible team with an effort that didn’t reflect Oklahoma’s best work. The team had better show it can put together a full 60 minutes in a hurry with a tough finishing kick of Texas Tech, at Baylor, Iowa State, and at Oklahoma State.

2 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 3
Week 8: Alabama 52, Tennessee 24
Week 9 Opponent: OPEN DATE

This isn’t as rock-solid sure as it probably should be, but on the plus side, Texas A&M is playing much better and looking like a more worthy loss now. At the end of the day, 52-24 over Tennessee is good no matter what, but the Crimson Tide were shaky at home after three quarters. When this team turns it on, it can beat anyone, but can it avoid a brain cramp against LSU, Arkansas and Auburn?

1 Georgia Bulldogs (7-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 1
Week 8: OPEN DATE
Week 9 Opponent: Florida (in Jacksonville)

And now the Bulldogs get their quarterback back. JT Daniels is expected to be okay for the showdown against Florida, the team is rested, and now comes what should be a fantastic second half of the season for the unquestioned No. 1 team in the nation.

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 8
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 8 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Big Game Reactions: Illinois, Oregon, Pitt & more
Week 8 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll