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College football rankings reactions heading into Week 8

The biggest loser was North Carolina for their road loss, while Georgia received merely a flesh wound for the same.

Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence scrambles up the field during the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers on October 03, 2020 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. Photo by Dannie Walls/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With most of the Top 25 in action this week, there was little movement at the top, but plenty at the bottom of both polls.

The Alabama Crimson Tide’s second half destruction of the Georgia Bulldogs didn’t help them in the polls, but showed the dominance that the Tide has on both sides of the ball. A 21-0 second half wrapped up a 41-24 victory, and extended Nick Saban’s record against his former assistant coaches to 21-0

You could make the argument the Clemson Tigers might have fallen from the top spot based on the strength of schedule of the win over the Georgia Bulldogs, but it’s hard to dethrone a #1 team when they win 73-7. The beating by Dabo Swinney and Trevor Lawrence of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cost them just three first-place votes in the Coaches Poll, and five in the AP Poll.

The North Carolina Tar Heels were the big loser, as their near-dramatic comeback against the lowly Florida State Seminoles wasn’t enough to save them from falling nine spots in the AP and seven in the Coaches. The Heels won the second half 21-0 as well, but too many dropped passes on the last drive of the game cost them their previous #5 ranking.

The Auburn Tigers fell out of both polls after losing 30-21 to the South Carolina Gamecocks, but look who is appearing in the Others Receiving Votes category: The Liberty Flames are 5-0, and acquired 37 points in the AP and 57 in the Coaches. A win over Virginia Tech on November 7th would have the independent team crack the Top 25 for the first time.

Here are the college football rankings for October 18th and heading into Week 8.

AP Poll

AP Poll Week 10

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
1 Clemson (33) 7-0 1515 -
2 Alabama (29) 6-0 1513 -
3 Ohio State 2-0 1430 -
4 Notre Dame 6-0 1351 -
5 Georgia 4-1 1289 -
6 Cincinnati 5-0 1199 +1
7 Texas A&M 4-1 1156 +1
8 Florida 3-1 1066 +2
9 BYU 7-0 1014 +2
10 Wisconsin 1-0 985 -1
11 Miami 5-1 946 +1
12 Oregon 0-0 831 +2
13 Indiana 2-0 765 +4
14 Oklahoma State 4-1 760 -8
15 Coastal Carolina 6-0 527 +5
16 Marshall 5-0 523 +3
17 Iowa State 4-2 427 +6
18 SMU 6-1 420 +4
19 Oklahoma 4-2 405 +5
20 USC 0-0 354 +1
21 Boise State 2-0 336 +4
22 Texas 4-2 190 NR
23 Michigan 1-1 151 -10
24 Auburn 4-2 144 NR
25 Liberty 6-0 118 NR

Coaches Poll

Coaches Poll Week 10

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
1 Clemson (43) 7-0 1527 -
2 Alabama (17) 6-0 1503 -
3 Ohio State (2) 2-0 1407 -
4 Notre Dame 6-0 1358 -
5 Georgia 4-1 1304 -
6 Cincinnati 5-0 1157 +1
7 Texas A&M 4-1 1154 +1
8 Florida 3-1 1101 +1
9 BYU 7-0 1025 +1
10 Miami 5-1 964 +2
11 Wisconsin 1-0 908 -
12 Oklahoma State 4-1 783 -6
13 Indiana 2-0 730 +6
14 Oregon 0-0 725 +1
15 Marshall 5-0 473 +3
16 Coastal Carolina 6-0 464 +5
17 Iowa State 4-2 433 +5
18 SMU 6-1 421 +5
19 Oklahoma 4-2 413 +5
20 USC 0-0 365 -
21 Auburn 4-2 246 NR
22 Army 6-1 208 +3
23 Boise State 2-0 204 NR
24 North Carolina 4-2 192 -11
25 Michigan 1-1 141 -11