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Collecting new Top 25 rankings after Week 8 college football

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We’ve got all the polls in now.

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Week 8 of the college football season came and went with few surprises, unlike the week prior. The only two games with ranked teams losing: Penn State rolled over Michigan in white-out conditions, and Notre Dame looks like a legitimate Playoff team after destroying USC. Penn State has a case for No. 1, but previous AP No. 1 Alabama somehow covered a 37-point spread against Tennessee, so expect no changes there. Both human polls have the Tide unanimous No. 1.

Miami, TCU, UCF, USF, and Wisconsin remain unbeaten, while Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia survived tight challenges.

The first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings don’t come out until Halloween, and until then, the best barometer we have is the AP Top 25. No rankings really matter until the committee’s, but at the very least, the rankings give us a good idea of where teams stand until then.

The Associated Press Top 25

The gold standard of human polls, until the Playoff committee starts releasing its top 25s later in the year.

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Clemson
  8. Miami
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Washington
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. NC State
  15. Washington State
  16. Michigan State
  17. USF
  18. UCF
  19. Auburn
  20. Stanford
  21. USC
  22. West Virginia
  23. LSU
  24. Memphis
  25. Iowa State

The USA Today Coaches Poll

Doesn’t matter much.

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Clemson
  8. Miami
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Washington
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. USF
  15. NC State
  16. Washington State
  17. UCF
  18. Michigan State
  19. Auburn
  20. Stanford
  21. USC
  22. West Virginia
  23. LSU
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Michigan

Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings

SB Nation’s favored college football advanced stat, which tends to perform very well against the Vegas spread.

  1. Ohio State (A few of these don’t line up with how humans might have them, due to head-to-head results. Computer rankings don’t go strictly by number of losses or transitive results.)
  2. Alabama
  3. Penn State
  4. Georgia
  5. Washington
  6. TCU
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. UCF
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Miami
  12. Auburn
  13. Clemson
  14. Oklahoma
  15. USF
  16. Stanford
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Washington STate
  19. Mississippi State
  20. Michigan State
  21. NC State
  22. Southern Miss
  23. Georgia Tech
  24. Iowa State
  25. Fresno State

Jeff Sagarin’s ratings

A long-running computer rating of FBS and FCS teams, all in one list, usually out very early Sunday morning.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Penn State
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Georgia
  6. Clemson
  7. Washington
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Auburn
  11. Oklahoma
  12. TCU
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Stanford
  15. UCF
  16. Miami
  17. Mississippi State
  18. Georgia Tech
  19. NC State
  20. USC
  21. Michigan
  22. Florida State
  23. Washington State
  24. Iowa State
  25. Texas

The Massey computer composite

Every poll and rating smashed into one continually updating ranking, basically. Early in the season, it still includes some preseason projections. We’ll update this one multiple times throughout Sunday.

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Clemson
  6. TCU
  7. Ohio State
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Miami
  10. UCF
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Washington
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. NC State
  16. Michigan State
  17. USC
  18. Washington State
  19. Auburn
  20. Stanford
  21. Michigan
  22. Mississippi State
  23. South Florida
  24. Iowa State
  25. LSU