Mississippi State continues rapid rise, now ranked No. 1 in Week 8 AP poll
The AP Poll continues to spin around like a bunch of lottery balls in a hopper, with the odds of picking the top 25 in order a week ahead of time about as likely as hitting the Mega Millions jackpot. There’s a new number one as Mississippi State leapfrogged Florida State after beating Auburn. The Tigers fell from No. 2 to No. 6 after the loss. Texas A&M fell from No. 14 to No. 21 after the Aggies lost to Ole Miss. The Rebels come in at No. 3. Baylor and Notre Dame round out the top five.
The full top 25 (with first-place votes in parentheses) is below, with three quick thoughts to follow:
1. Mississippi State (45)
2. Florida State (12)
3. Ole Miss (3)
5. Notre Dame
13. Ohio State
14. Kansas State
15. Oklahoma State
17. Arizona State
18. East Carolina
21. Texas A&M
• Marshall jumps into the rankings after the team’s 49-24 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. The Thundering Herd are now 6-0 and might just have the nation’s best shot at finishing the season undefeated.
• Arizona was a field goal try away from being 6-0 and pretty much controlling its own destiny in the Pac-12. Instead, Casey Skowron's miss (he was 2-of-5 on the day) led to the Wildcats tumbling all the way from No. 10 to No. 16 after their 28-26 loss to USC, with the Trojans rejoining the rankings at No. 22.
• Saturday’s game between No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 2 Florida State earned a repeat trip by College GameDay to Tallahassee. This is by far the toughest test remaining on the Seminoles’ schedule, while the Irish (even with a win) still have Arizona State and USC left. Both teams also have to play Louisville.