NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 8

By Scott Rickenbach - Covers Expert

Alabama continues to hold the top spot in the National Rankings and they remain there for us as well. Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame are all off to undefeated starts and make up the top 4 of our rankings. Central Florida continues to climb after yet another win, their 18th straight, up to ninth. Plenty of football to be played before they crown a National Champion so expect lots to change between now and January 7th!

ncf Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 7-0-0
-25 Alabama
Will the Crimson Tide look ahead to their bye week and then the match-up @ LSU that follows? Quite easy for Alabama to overlook Tennessee which could lead to a non-covering win.
2 3 up 1 7-0-0
-24 Ohio State
The Buckeyes have failed to cover in 3 straight games and this is another tricky match-up for Ohio State this week as they are at Purdue and the Boilermakers offense has been rolling all season!
3 4 up 1 6-0-0
-23.5 Clemson
Clemson is off a bye last week but so too is the undefeated NC State team that the Tigers host this week. Will the big number Clemson is laying Saturday prove to be too much?
4 5 up 1 7-0-0
-23 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish now get to enjoy their bye week, but Notre Dame did not impress in the non-covering win versus Pittsburgh.
5 11 up 6 6-1-0
-22 Louisiana State
Possible flat spot for LSU as they are off their upset win versus Georgia but have a bye week on deck followed by Alabama. Possible trap game for Tigers but bad loss at Mississippi State in ’17 is motivation.
6 14 up 8 6-1-0
-20.5 Michigan
Michigan off huge win over Wisconsin but Michigan State off huge win over Penn State. With those factors as well as the fact this is a rivalry game this may be a game just to watch not wager on!
7 2 down 5 6-1-0
-20.5 Georgia
The Bulldogs get a much-needed week off after the trip to LSU last week resulted in a loss. Trips to Florida and Kentucky are up next though so tough games upcoming for Georgia.
8 12 up 4 6-1-0
-20.5 Texas
The Longhorns shocking opening loss is appearing more and more like it was an aberration. After a hard-fought win over Baylor, a bye week this week for Texas before traveling to Stillwater next!
9 10 up 1 6-0-0
-19.5 Central Florida
UCF barely survived a big test at revenge-minded Memphis last week. Will they now get caught looking right past East Carolina and look ahead to their bye week? A lot of points here on the road!
10 13 up 3 5-1-0
-19 Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s offense has been one of the most efficient in the nation this season but their horrible performance on D versus Texas cost the Sooners DC his job. Coming off bye…response from D @ TCU?
11 19 up 8 5-1-0
-18 Oregon
Oregon was well rested after bye week and got big-time revenge last week hosting Washington. Can Ducks sustain momentum at Washington State after a big win like that? Another revenge opportunity.
12 16 up 4 6-1-0
-18 Florida
The Gators took punches early but statistically did have a good performance at Vanderbilt and got the big road win. Now it is a well-deserved bye for Florida but then Georgia is up next!
13 7 down 6 5-1-0
-18 West Virginia
The Mountaineers got drilled at Iowa State last week and now need to regroup during their bye week.
14 6 down 8 5-2-0
-16 Washington
Off tough loss at Oregon but should roll big versus Colorado this week as the Buffaloes have played the much weaker schedule and that showed in the loss at USC for the Buffs last week.
15 8 down 7 4-2-0
-15.5 Penn State
Though the Nittany Lions did face a Michigan St team with a tough run D the inexcusable home loss proved that PSU was not over the blown win versus Ohio State. Can they bounce back at Indiana?
16 21 up 5 5-0-0
-15.5 North Carolina State
NC State is off a bye last week but so too is the undefeated Clemson team that the Wolfpack visit this week. Will the big number North Carolina State is getting Saturday prove to be enough?
17 18 up 1 5-1-0
-15.5 Kentucky
Kentucky was playing a little “over their heads” and finally got tripped up at A & M two weeks ago. But now the Wildcats are off a much-needed opportunity to regroup (bye week) and Vandy D struggling!
18 17 down 1 5-2-0
-14.5 Texas A&M
Big OT win for the Aggies two weeks ago over Kentucky after they let a late lead slip away and they also outgained South Carolina by a significant margin in last week’s win. Now a well-deserved bye week!
19 9 down 10 4-2-0
-13.5 Wisconsin
Hurt by injuries, the Badgers then laid an egg versus Michigan and got rolled! Wisconsin needs a big bounce back win versus Illinois this week but are they healthy enough to do it? Big points here!
20 22 up 2 6-0-0
-13 South Florida
The Bulls are 6-0 SU on the season but have faced a soft schedule and barely survived a tough road test at Tulsa. 0-5-1 ATS Connecticut is off a bye and has stayed inside big numbers versus USF the L2 years.
21 23 up 2 6-0-0
-12 Cincinnati
The Bearcats are 6-0 SU on the season and are off their bye week last week but they’ve played a relatively weak schedule and this match-up at Temple (4-1 SU L5) will be a very tough one!
22 N/R N/R 5-1-0
-12 Iowa
The Hawkeyes are on a roll and I don’t see them looking ahead to Penn State considering this is Iowa’s only home game between late-September and mid-November. Hawkeyes should smash Maryland.
23 25 up 2 4-2-0
-11.5 Stanford
Stanford has slipped to near the bottom of the top 25 in the rankings after losses at Notre Dame and versus Utah. After a much-needed bye last week, the Cardinal face ASU (also off a bye) and the Sun Devils, like the Cardinal, are also struggling on defense.
24 20 down 4 5-1-0
-11.5 Colorado
Colorado was rolling this season but had played a soft schedule. Things changed in a big way last week as the Buffaloes visited USC and lost big. Now a trip to Washington could be the knockout blow!
25 N/R N/R 4-2-0
-11.5 Michigan State
Michigan State off huge win over Penn State but Michigan off huge win over Wisconsin. With those factors as well as the fact this is a rivalry game this may be a game just to watch not wager on!

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.