Week 8 produced their share of excitement in college football. While none of the top five teams in the US AFCA coach poll actually lost TODAY Sports, that hasn’t stopped voters from rearranging things a little.
The change didn’t apply to No. 1 Georgia, of course. The Bulldogs had the weekend off to go into their annual showdown with arch rivals Florida and are still the unanimous top pick.
There is a new No. 2, however. Oklahoma was demoted to No. 4 after having to overcome a sluggish first half in Kansas. Cincinnati moves up to second place, the highest rank in program history, after outlasting the Navy on the road. Alabama also slipped ahead of the Sooners, climbing to 3rd place after moving away from Tennessee late. Ohio State continues to round out the top 5 after rolling past Indiana.
Michigan and Michigan State, who will compete against each other this week, hold positions 6 and 7, respectively. Oregon, which survived a close at UCLA, ranks 8th. Mississippi and Iowa move up to the top 10, while Oklahoma State and Penn State drop six places to 15th and nine places to 17th, respectively.
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The only dropout of the week is Clemson. The Tigers suffered their third defeat of the season at No. 19 in Pittsburgh and are back in the top 25 for the first time since September 28, 2014.
The state of Iowa returns to number 23 after missing the state of Oklahoma its first defeat. No. 24 Coastal Carolina and No. 25 NC State remain in following losses.