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College football rankings reactions heading into Week 9

It was mostly copasetic this week in the polls, with the major moves coming due to the heroic Hoosier comeback.

Michael Penix Jr. of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts over Lamont Wade of the Penn State Nittany Lions after rushing for the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana won 36-35 in overtime. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

There isn’t too much movement in the college football polls this week. The #1 Clemson Tigers won big and Dabo complained the negativity, Alabama wrecked Tennessee for the 13th straight time (despite the awful season-ending injury to Jaylen Waddle), and Ohio State opened up a can on Nebraska as the Cornhuskers punishment for being so whiny about football in 2020.

But the biggest move of Week 8 was due to the Penn State Nittany Lions and Indiana Hoosiers playing one of the most perfect “college football is dumb and beautiful” games you’ll ever see. A dive to the end zone by Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was ruled a good two-point conversion in overtime on the field, and unoverturned (new word!) by the replay booth to give IU their first Top 10 win since the height of the Iran-Contra Scandal in 1987.

Because of the game, Penn State dropped 10 spots in both samples, from #8 in the AP to #18, and from #7 in the Coaches to #17. They’re the biggest mover either way this week, but it also means we welcome #Windiana to the Top 25 for the second time since 1994. They’re at #17 in the AP and #19 in the Coaches.

Other newcomers this week include the return of the Oklahoma Sooners after a 33-14 win over TCU, and the Boise State Broncos catching the bottom spot in the AP after a 42-13 evisceration of Utah State, and 6-1 Army back in the Coaches thanks to their 42-3 win over Mercer.

Au revoir to the Virginia Tech Hokies (lost to Wake Forest 23-16), Minnesota Golden Gophers (boat raced at home by Michigan 49-24) and NC State Wolfpack (firebombed just across town from their campus by UNC 48-21) who all dropped out of both samples.

Here are the college football rankings for October 25th and heading into Week 9.

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