College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 8)

Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 8.

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 2017 season was filled with exciting games and intriguing league matchups. The top games of Week 8 took place at night, as Penn State defeated Michigan to remain in the top four, and Notre Dame dominated USC to vault back into CFB Playoff contention. Alabama and TCU posted easy wins in conference play to remain in this week's top four, with Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State headline the next tier of teams fighting to get into the top three, with Wisconsin, Miami and Notre Dame in the next tier. â€‹No new teams joined this week's top 25 rankings.


College Football Top 25 Rankings


1. Alabama (8-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Tennessee


Crimson Tide continue their dominance against SEC foes with an easy win over Tennessee.


2. Georgia (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Bye Week


The Bulldogs had a bye in Week 8 and return to action next Saturday against Florida.


3. Penn State (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Michigan


The Nittany Lions crossed one big hurdle off the schedule with an easy win over Michigan. But the path won’t get any easier this Saturday, as Penn State visits Columbus for a showdown against Ohio State.


4. TCU (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Kansas


Horned Frogs thoroughly dominate Kansas in 43-0 victory. TCU’s defense limited Kansas to just 21 yards on 49 plays.


5. Clemson (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Bye Week


The Tigers had a bye in Week 8 and return to action this Saturday against Georgia Tech. The health status of quarterback Kelly Bryant is one of the top storylines to watch this week.


6. Oklahoma (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Kansas State


Quarterback Baker Mayfield was brilliant once again, as the senior recorded 479 overall yards in the win over Kansas State.


7. Ohio State (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Bye Week


The Buckeyes had a bye in Week 8 and return to action on Saturday against Penn State


8. Wisconsin (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Maryland


Wisconsin’s defense has returned four interceptions (including one against Maryland) for touchdowns this season.


9. Miami (6-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Syracuse


Quarterback Malik Rosier threw for a career high 344 yards in Saturday’s win over Syracuse.


10. Notre Dame (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated USC


The second-half schedule won’t be easy for a run at the CFB Playoff, but the Fighting Irish are off to a good start after dismantling USC on Saturday night.


11. Oklahoma State (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Texas


It wasn’t pretty, but Cowboys survive slugfest in Austin to improve to 6-1.


12. Washington (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Bye Week


The Huskies had a bye in Week 8, which allowed coach Chris Petersen’s team to regroup after losing to Arizona State in Week 7.


13. Washington State (7-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Colorado


The weather wasn’t ideal, but the Cougars leaned on balanced attack on offense and a shutout on defense to rebound from last week’s loss to California.


14. NC State (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Bye Week


The bye week came at a good time for coach Dave Doeren’s team. NC State has a difficult back-to-back set of games, as the Wolfpack play Notre Dame this Saturday, followed by a matchup versus Clemson in Week 10.


15. Virginia Tech (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated North Carolina


Saturday’s 52-point win over North Carolina is the Hokies’ largest margin of victory in ACC play.


16. Michigan State (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Indiana


Spartans’ offense delivers in fourth quarter to knock off Indiana 17-9 in a defensive slugfest.


17. UCF (6-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Navy


UCF’s offense seems to get most of the national attention during the program’s 6-0 start, but the defense delivered a key performance against Navy. The Knights limited the Midshipmen to 248 rushing yards and did not allow a run longer than 14 yards.


18. USF (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Tulane


By scoring 34 points in Saturday’s win at Tulane, the Bulls set a new FBS record with 24 consecutive games with at least 30 points.


19. LSU (6-2)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Ole Miss


Derrius Guice finally looks healthy – and that’s bad news for the rest of the opponents on LSU’s schedule.


20. USC (6-2)

Week 8 Result: Lost to Notre Dame


Following the loss to Notre Dame, USC’s playoff hopes for 2017 are officially over.


21. Stanford (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Bye Week


The Cardinal had a bye week on Saturday, allowing coach David Shaw to get a head start on a key November stretch – at Washington State, Washington, California and Notre Dame – for a team that has Pac-12 title aspirations.


22. Auburn (6-2)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Arkansas


Tigers rebounded in a big way from last week’s loss against LSU by defeating Arkansas 52-20.


23. Michigan (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Lost to Penn State


Penn State’s dynamic duo of Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley was simply too much for Michigan’s top-ranked defense on Saturday night. Can the Wolverines find a spark on offense over the last month of the season?


24. West Virginia (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Baylor


Mountaineers opened up a big lead in Saturday’s game at Baylor but had to hold on late after a furious rally by the Bears. Dana Holgorsen’s ground attack could use a spark after managing only 162 yards over the last two contests.


25. Texas A&M (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Bye Week


The Aggies had a bye in Week 8 and return to action next Saturday against Mississippi State.

Event Date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 22:51

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