NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 8

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

The Clemson Tigers lost a tough game at Syracuse last week and dropped out of the top spot in our College Football Power Rankings. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the Alabama Crimson Tide have taken over as the No. 1 team on our weekly list.

ncf Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 7-0
(3-4-0)
-25 Alabama
The Crimson Tide are a heavy favorite at home versus Tennessee this week, asked to cover more points than in any of the previous 10 meetings between the two teams.
2 3 up 1 6-0
(4-1-1)
-24.5 Penn State
We'll find out in the next three weeks just how good this team is, with games against Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State upcoming.
3 5 up 2 7-0
(5-2-0)
-24 Georgia
The 7-0 Bulldogs boast the nation's 4th ranked defense, allowing just 12.6 points per game.
4 6 up 2 6-0
(3-3-0)
-23.5 Wisconsin
The Badgers appear to have a clear path to the BIG10 Championship Game, and they are a 24 point home favorite versus Maryland this week.
5 7 up 2 6-0
(3-3-0)
-22 Texas Christian
The Horned Frogs have vastly improved defensively, ranking 17th nationally allowing just over 17 points per game.
6 1 down 5 6-1
(4-3-0)
-21.5 Clemson
The Tigers struggled without quarterback Kelly Bryant on the road at Syracuse, but despite suffering their first loss of the season, they are still the favorite to win the SEC.
7 8 up 1 6-1
(4-3-0)
-21 Ohio State
The Buckeyes have played one ranked team so far, and that was a home loss to Oklahoma. They have a bye week ahead of their game against Penn State next week.
8 10 up 2 5-0
(3-2-0)
-20 Miami
Miami might be 5-0, but the Canes are coming off back to back wins in games decided by four points or less. Both of those versus unranked teams.
9 12 up 3 5-1
(3-3-0)
-19.5 Oklahoma
The Sooners are coming off a hard fought win over Texas in the annual Red River Rivalry Game. This week's game on the road at K-State has the potential to be tricky.
10 13 up 3 6-1
(1-6-0)
-19 Southern California
The Trojans will be an underdog on the road at South Bend this weekend. The winner of this game will emerge as a playoff contender.
11 14 up 3 5-1
(4-2-0)
-18.5 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are the highest scoring team in the country, averaging 48.8 points per game.
12 4 down 8 6-1
(4-3-0)
-18 Washington
The Huskies suffered their first loss of the season on the road at Arizona State last week. They have a week off to lick their wounds.
13 17 up 4 5-1
(3-3-0)
-17.5 Virginia Tech
The 5-1 Hokies rank 7th nationally in scoring defense allowing just 13.7 points per game.
14 16 up 2 5-1
(5-1-0)
-17 Notre Dame
The Irish can keep their playoff hopes alive with a win over USC at home this weekend.
15 15 same 5-1
(2-3-1)
-16.5 Michigan
The Wolverines season is on the line this week as they take on the Nittany Lions at Happy Valley.
16 18 up 2 6-1
(3-4-0)
-16 North Carolina State
The Wolfpack will have a week off ahead of their big game next week at Notre Dame.
17 21 up 4 5-1
(4-2-0)
-15.5 Michigan State
The Spartans are 5-1, with their only loss coming in a non-conference game versus Notre Dame.
18 9 down 9 6-1
(4-3-0)
-15 Washington State
The Cougars will try to pick up the pieces after a devastating loss to California. They host Colorado this week.
19 22 up 3 5-0
(5-0-0)
-14.5 Central Florida
Central Florida is averaging 48.8 points per game, tying them with Oklahoma State as the highest scoring teams in the country.
20 20 same 6-0
(4-2-0)
-14 South Florida
The Bulls might be the most likely team to run the table this season. They have a ton of returning talent, and a Heisman candidate at QB.
21 11 down 10 5-2
(2-3-2)
-13.5 Auburn
The 5-2 Tigers blew a 20-0 lead on the road at LSU last week. They will play at Arkansas this week.
22 N/R N/R 5-2
(3-3-1)
-13 Stanford
Bryce Love is the nation's leading rusher with 1,387 yards and 11 TDs.
23 N/R N/R 5-2
(5-1-1)
-12.5 Texas A&M
The 5-2 Aggies have to wonder what their season would look like if they didn't blow a big lead at UCLA in Week 1.
24 N/R N/R 5-2
(2-4-1)
-12 Louisiana State
The Tigers are back in the Top 25 after an impressive come from behind win over Auburn.
25 25 same 4-2
(4-2-0)
-11.5 West Virginia
The Mountaineers suffered a tough loss to the Hokies in their season opener, but they then scored over 50 points in three straight blowout wins. Last week they came from behind to beat Texas Tech.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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