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College Football Rankings: Week 8 USA Today Coaches Poll Keeps Crown On Oklahoma

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The king stays the king in the first part of the college football rankings for Week 8: Oklahoma stays on top of the Week 8 USA Today coaches poll, followed by LSU and Alabama, on the Sunday of the initial BCS rankings for the 2011 season.

The Sooners earned 31 first-place votes, more than LSU (15) and Alabama (12) received combined, and after crushing Texas in the Red River Rivalry and pulling away from Kansas on Saturday, the Sooners remain in pole position in one of the two human polls that factors into the BCS formula.

Elsewhere, Wisconsin and Stanford completed the top five, Oklahoma State nudged Boise for sixth by one point, Clemson and Oregon tied for eighth, Michigan State joined the top 15 at No. 13 after beating Michigan, Kansas State crept up to No. 16, and Washington entered the top 25 for the first time this year.

Here's the full USA Today coaches poll top 25 for Week 8:


1 Oklahoma




3 Alabama


4 Wisconsin


5 Stanford


6 Oklahoma State


7 Boise State


8 Clemson


8 Oregon


10 Arkansas


11 Nebraska


12 South Carolina


13 Michigan State


14 West Virginia


14 Virginia Tech


16 Kansas State


17 Michigan


18 Texas A&M


19 Georgia Tech


20 Houston


21 Illinois


22 Penn State


23 Auburn


24 Washington


25 Arizona State