Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

College football week 8 AP Poll analysis

College football week 8 AP Poll analysis

The problem here is you have to take into account who they lost too.

But an alternate interpretation of that phrase could be that it's not an entertaining series until a "surprise" occurs.

As the college football season continues to roll on, it's time to look ahead at the hardest schedules remaining in the country.

SEC: That ugly loss to SC may have cost the Georgia Bulldogs a spot in the College Football Playoff.

LSU defeated Florida, 42-28, on Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Penn State in the top 7 now? Not only could 'Bama-LSU decide the West, it could also top 100 points scored.

The top 10 teams in last week's AP Top 25 poll are all still ranked in the top 10 in the latest AP poll for Week 8 but nine of the 10 teams have a new ranking this week - everyone but No. 1 Alabama. LSU had 12 first place votes, and Clemson 11. Last year, App State was ranked for the first time since moving to the FBS in 2014, but the Mountaineers lost their first game as a ranked team and never returned. That makes it extremely tough to judge how good the defending champs are, and the scare at North Carolina two weeks ago is all I need to justify putting the ACC Tigers at a solid No. 4. After getting routed by Alabama, voters finally bailed on the Aggies. The Gophers are the one unbeaten group from a Energy 5 convention that had not but been ranked. All four teams lost on Saturday. If all four conferences produce undefeated champions, there's your playoff. LSU received 12 first-place votes Sunday in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank while Alabama received 30 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the third consecutive week.

OK, now for the changes on down the ballot in light of all the losses by ranked teams. No. 2 collision course at Bryant-Denny Stadium before a possible national championship rematch in New Orleans in January. The Crimson Tide host the Tigers on November 9.

That's not going to happen this season with the way Nick Saban and Ed Orgeron have embraced modern, dynamic offense and with how Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow play the QB position. I still worry about whether or not the defense can get that one big stop on a team like LSU when the time comes, but I'm starting to buy in on this team as a legit contender.

As nearly the first two months of the season are over, it is the candidates and contenders who emerge from this period of the year.

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