Ole Miss climbs to No. 1 in college football Power Rankings after Week 8

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Tuesday October 21st, 2014

It sunk in about five minutes after the close of Week 8: a deserving team is going to get shut out of the playoff. We all discussed this leading up to the season. We assumed it would be the case. But just like you don’t really understand what it’s like to be an adult until you’re out of college and it hits you that this is the exact moment when the fun stops, the reality of the four-team playoff is finally sinking in now.

The way the season is shaking out, somebody with a case for being one of the four best teams in the country is going to be left at home (or more accurately, in the Cotton, Orange, Fiesta or Peach Bowl), clapping politely like Leonardo DiCaprio after being passed over for another Oscar. 

Everybody says it’s nice to be nominated, but nobody’s working this hard to get this close only to ultimately play in the consolation bracket that is one of the former BCS or prestige bowls. And if the season ended today, what would you say if it was your favorite team?

The selection committee’s first set of rankings comes out in a week, and it's already short a member, with Archie Manning stepping down to focus on his health following complications from knee replacement surgery. Heaven help the remaining 12 selectors. They’ve got their work cut out for them.

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1
1Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 2
record: 7-0

Next game: Saturday at LSU

2
2Mississippi State Bulldogs
last week: 1
record: 6-0

Next game: Saturday at Kentucky

3
3Florida State Seminoles
last week: 3
record: 7-0

Next game: Oct. 30 at Louisville

4
4Oregon Ducks
last week: 6
record: 6-1

Next game: Friday at Cal

5
5Auburn Tigers
last week: 8
record: 6-1

Next game: Saturday vs. South Carolina

6
6Michigan State Spartans
last week: 7
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Michigan

7
7Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 11
record: 6-1

Next game: Saturday at Tennessee

8
8Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 9
record: 6-1

Next game: Nov. 1 at Navy

9
9Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 9
record: 6-1

Next game: Nov. 1 vs. Florida

10
10Baylor Bears
last week: 4
record: 5-1

Next game: Nov. 1 vs. Kansas

11
11TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 10
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Texas Tech

12
12Kansas State Wildcats
last week: 13
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Texas

13
13Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 14
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday at Penn State

14
14Arizona State Sun Devils
last week: 17
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday at Washington

15
15East Carolina Pirates
last week: 15
record: 5-1

Next game: Thursday at Connecticut

16
16Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: 16
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Rutgers

17
17Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 12
record: 5-2

Next game: Nov. 1 at Iowa State

18
18USC Trojans
last week: 19
record: 5-2

Next game: Saturday at Utah

19
19Arizona Wildcats
last week: 20
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday at Washington State

20
20Utah Utes
last week: 22
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday at USC

21
21Clemson Tigers
last week: 21
record: 5-2

Next game: Saturday vs. Syracuse

22
22West Virginia Mountaineers
last week: NR
record: 5-2

Next game: Saturday at Oklahoma State

23
23Minnesota Golden Gophers
last week: 24
record: 6-1

Next game: Saturday at Illinois

24
24Marshall Thundering herd
last week: 25
record: 7-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Florida Atlantic

25
25Duke Blue Devils
last week: NR
record: 6-1

Next game: Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh

Next five: LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Hot Apple Cider

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