College Football: Week Eight Power Rankings and Week Nine Twitter Picks

Power Rankings for Week Eight

Week eight saw top-ranked Alabama continue their domination over the SEC with a 33-14 win over #6 Texas A&M, the stunning upset of Penn State over Ohio State in a very happy Happy Valley, and many of the rest of the College Football Playoff contenders either having the weekend off or dominating a lesser team as expected.

After Penn State’s upset win, they enter these rankings for the first time since 2014.  LSU, Virginia Tech, and Colorado each re-enter the rankings this week after big conference wins, including LSU’s over Ole Miss and Virginia Tech’s over Miami.

As a result, the Rebels and Hurricanes have fallen from the rankings this week, along with Houston, after their upset loss at SMU, and Arkansas, after their 56-3 drubbing at the hands of Auburn.  Auburn is this week’s biggest mover, rising nine spots.

The next game for all nine remaining undefeated teams is on the road (although two of those are next week due to byes), with four of them facing ranked opponents.

1. Alabama (8-0, Last Week: 1st, AP Poll: 1st)
2. Clemson (7-0, 3rd, 3rd)
3. Michigan (7-0, 4th, 2nd)
4. Washington (7-0, 5th, 4th)
5. Louisville (6-1, 7th, 5th)

6. Ohio State (6-1, 2nd, 6th)
7. Baylor (6-0, 8th, 8th)
8. Nebraska (7-0, 9th, 7th)
9. Wisconsin (5-2, 10th, 11th)
10. Texas A&M (6-1, 6th, 9th)

11. Florida State (5-2, 11th, 12th)
12. Oklahoma (5-2, 12th, 16th)
13. Boise State (7-0, 13th, 13th)
14. Florida (5-1, 14th, 14th)
15. Auburn (5-2, 24th, 15th)

16. North Carolina (6-2, 15th, 21st)
17. West Virginia (6-0, 17th, 10th)
18. Tennessee (5-2, 18th, 18th)
19. Utah (6-1, 25th, 17th)
20. LSU (5-2, unranked, 19th)

21. Western Michigan (8-0, 21st, 20th)
22. Navy (5-1, 22nd, 22nd)
23. Penn State (5-2, unranked, 24th)
24. Virginia Tech (5-2, unranked, 25th)
25. Colorado (6-2, unranked, 23rd)

Fell from Rankings:  Houston (6-2, Last Week: 16th), Arkansas (5-3, 19th), Ole Miss (3-4, 20th), Miami (4-3, 23rd)

 

Twitter Picks for Week Nine

Game of the Week

#3 Clemson (7-0) at #12 Florida State (5-2)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite:  Clemson by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Clemson- 2nd, Florida State- 11th

 

Big Game Guarantee

#4 Washington (7-0) at #17 Utah (6-1)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, FS1
Favorite:  Washington by 10
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Washington- 4th, Utah- 19th

 

Upset of the Week

#10 West Virginia (6-0) at Oklahoma State ()
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  West Virginia by 4
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  West Virginia- 17th, Oklahoma State- unranked

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

#2 Michigan (7-0) at Michigan State ()
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Michigan by 24
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Michigan- 3rd, Michigan State- unranked

 

Not Closer Than the Experts Think

#8 Baylor (6-0) at Texas (3-4)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Baylor by 4
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Baylor- 7th, Texas- unranked

 

Overhyped Game

Miami (4-3) at Notre Dame (2-5)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite:  Miami by 2
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Group of Five Game of the Week

#13 Boise State (7-0) at Wyoming (5-2)
Saturday, 7:00 pm ET, CBSSN
Favorite:  Boise State by 14
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Boise State- 13th, Wyoming- unranked

 

Is This Futbol?

#7 Nebraska (7-0) at #11 Wisconsin (5-2)
Saturday, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Wisconsin by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Nebraska- 8th, Wisconsin- 9th

 

Is This Basketball?

Texas Tech (3-4) at TCU (4-3)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN2
Favorite:  TCU by 9
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Toilet Bowl

Stanford (4-3) at Arizona (2-5)
Saturday, 11:00 pm ET, FS1
Favorite:  Stanford by 6
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Miscellaneous:  The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

#14 Florida (5-1) at Georgia (4-3)
at Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite:  Florida by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Florida- 14th, Georgia- unranked

 

NFL Game of the Week

Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
Sunday, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite:  Cowboys by 4

 

 

For what it’s worth…

Overall Record:  52-42-1
Last Week:  7-4-1
College Overall Record: 50-38
NFL Game of the Week: 2-4-1

Game of the Week:  4-4
Big Game Guarantee:  3-5
Upset of the Week:  3-5
Closer Than the Experts Think:  3-5
Not Closer Than the Experts Think:  7-1
Overhyped/Bad Spread Game:  4-4
Group of Five Game of the Week:  6-2
Is This Futbol?:  6-2
Is This Basketball?:  7-1
Toilet Bowl:  4-4
Miscellaneous:  3-5

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