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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 8)

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Charlie Brewer, Baylor Bears Football

Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The eighth weekend of the 2019 season was headlined by Penn State's home victory over Michigan, Illinois' upset of Wisconsin and Oregon's road win at Washington. Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Clemson take the top four spots once again, with Oklahoma at No. 5 and Penn State moving to No. 6 in the post-Week 8 top 25 rankings. With the eighth week of the 2019 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Tennessee

Timely offense and late fumble return for a touchdown help Crimson Tide beat Tennessee for the 13th time in a row. However, the victory was a costly one, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left due to a high ankle sprain.

2. LSU (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Mississippi State

Thanks to four scores versus Mississippi State, quarterback Joe Burrow now owns the school’s single-season record for most touchdown passes (29) in a year.

3. Ohio State (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Northwestern

Justin Fields accounted for four touchdowns, and Ohio State’s defense did not allow a play longer than 16 yards in Friday night’s win over Northwestern.

4. Clemson (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Louisville

Trevor Lawrence already has eight interceptions in 2019 after tossing only four last season. However, as evidenced by a 45-10 win at Louisville on Saturday, the extra mistakes aren’t slowing down coach Dabo Swinney’s team.

5. Oklahoma (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated West Virginia

Jalen Hurts was sharp once again, and Oklahoma’s defense held West Virginia to just 242 yards.

6. Penn State (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Michigan

Nittany Lions were outgained for the second week in a row, but coach James Franklin’s squad got timely stops on defense and a couple of clutch plays by receiver KJ Hamler to hold off Michigan.

7. Florida (7-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated South Carolina

Gators score 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Gamecocks and rebound from last week’s loss at LSU.

8. Georgia (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Kentucky

The weather was awful, but Georgia’s offense (270 yards) didn’t gain much confidence going into the bye week.

9. Notre Dame (5-1)

Week 8 Result: Off Week

The Fighting Irish were off in Week 8 and return to action next Saturday against Michigan.

10. Auburn (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Arkansas

Bo Nix was sharp (12 of 17 for 176 yards and three scores) in Auburn’s 51-10 win at Arkansas.

11. Oregon (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Washington

Ducks used three drives of 70 yards or more in the second half to win at Washington and take full control of the Pac-12 North.

12. Texas (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Kansas

The Longhorns needed some late heroics by quarterback Sam Ehlinger to prevent a Kansas upset in Austin.

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13. Baylor (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Oklahoma State

The Bears gashed Oklahoma State for 9.9 yards a play, while the defense forced three turnovers, generated two sacks and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.

14. Utah (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Arizona State

Utah’s defense held Arizona State to just 136 yards in a huge game for positioning within the Pac-12 South.

15. Wisconsin (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Lost to Illinois

Stunned in Champaign. Missed field goal and two turnovers proved costly in Wisconsin’s defeat at Illinois.

16. Cincinnati (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Tulsa

Bearcats have forced 10 turnovers over their last two games.

17. SMU (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Temple

Shane Buechele’s six passing scores led the way in SMU’s 45-21 win over Temple.

18. Minnesota (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Rutgers

Saturday’s 42-7 win over Rutgers was Minnesota’s third Big Ten win by 20 or more points this season.

19. Michigan (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Lost to Penn State

The Wolverines came up short in Happy Valley, but the offense showed signs of life. Coach Jim Harbaugh’s team has another tough test ahead next week against Notre Dame.

20. Wake Forest (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Florida State

As expected, Sam Hartman (308 yards) played well in relief of quarterback Jamie Newman. The defense also stepped up by holding Florida State to just six points in the second half.

21. Boise State (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Lost to BYU

Broncos hopes of a New Year’s Six bowl trip took a hit with loss to BYU. However, coach Bryan Harsin’s team shouldn’t slip too far in the rankings after losing by three points on the road without quarterback Hank Bachmeier.

22. Iowa (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Purdue

Hawkeyes need to do a better job of finishing drives after kicking four field goals in 26-20 win over Purdue.

23. Appalachian State (6-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated ULM

Mountaineers join the top 25 after crushing ULM 52-7 on Saturday.

24. Arizona State (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Lost to Utah

Inexperience along the offensive line caught up to Arizona State in loss to Utah.

25. Memphis (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Tulane

Quarterback Brady White and running back Kenneth Gainwell guided Memphis to scores on eight of their first nine drives to quickly put away Tulane on Saturday night.