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Week Eight College Football Rankings: Michigan State Jumps Utah For No Good Reason

Thanks to a certain New Mexico voter who held up the release of this poll (not that it matters in crowning a champion, so whatever). One note I missed from the coaches poll is how does Oklahoma move up three spots and jump TCU for beating a bad Iowa State team? Even though Utah beat Iowa State at Ames, Iowa by 41 points, and moved down last week. While Oklahoma does shut out Iowa State at home and jump over TCU? Personally, I don't think an Iowa State win is much better then a win over BYU.

TCU stays still, because of Oklahoma's more impressive win over a bad team. Then there is Michigan State who moves up four spots and passes Utah, because they beat Illinois 26-6 at home where Utah beat Wyoming 30-6 on the road. Illinois has three wins where Wyoming does only have two, and the Cowboys were a bowl team last year. So, not to sound like a homer, but how does beating a comparable team move one up five spots AND past a team who did not lose but a beat a similar team. Just by saying that they are in the Big 10 is not a valid excuse for me. Wyoming has played four top 10 teams, Air Force who was ranked, and then two other patsies. This happened in the coaches poll as well, and it drives me nuts. Utah has been a better program then Michigan State over the past decade by a mile, and to get jumped in this fashion is a complete joke.

/steps off soap box

Air Force got severely punished for losing to a good San Diego State team. The Falcons were 23rd and fell all the way down to receiving a single 25th place vote, and no San Diego State did not receive any votes. So, Mississippi State gets credit for beating an unranked Florida team, 10-7.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1 Oregon (39) 6-0 1471 2
2 Boise State (15) 6-0 1433 3
3 Oklahoma (3) 6-0 1355 6
4 TCU (3) 7-0 1340 4
5 Auburn 7-0 1279 7
6 LSU 7-0 1132 9
7 Alabama 6-1 1121 8
8 Michigan State 7-0 1062 13
9 Utah 6-0 1019 11
10 Wisconsin 6-1 920 18
11 Ohio State 6-1 895 1
12 Stanford 5-1 828 14
13 Iowa 5-1 768 15
14 Nebraska 5-1 684 5
15 Arizona 5-1 619 17
16 Florida State 6-1 615 16
17 Oklahoma State 6-0 575 20
18 Missouri 6-0 552 21
19 South Carolina 4-2 372 10
20 West Virginia 5-1 346 25
21 Arkansas 4-2 343 12
22 Texas 4-2 267 NR
23 Virginia Tech 5-2 122 NR
24 Mississippi State 5-2 111 NR
25 Miami (FL) 4-2 85 NR
  • Dropped from rankings: Nevada 19, Florida 22, Air Force 23, Oregon State 24
  • Others receiving votes: USC 80, Kansas 40, Nevada 19, North Carolina 8, Northwestern 8, Hawaii 8, Michigan 7, Georgia Tech 5, Oregon State 3, North Carolina State 2, Baylor 2, East Carolina 1, Air Force 1, Kentucky 1, Washington 1,

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