With Utah's loss to USC and Clemson's domination of Miami, the Tigers take over the No. 1 spot in the college football Power Rankings after Week 8.
Utah took over No. 1 in the Power Rankings after Week 4 and has held on to the spot since then—until now. The Utes’ 42–24 loss to USC makes way for a new top team, the Clemson Tigers.
One week before the College Football Playoff selection committee releases its first rankings, Clemson looks most worthy of a playoff spot. And with only one regular season game left against a ranked opponent, the Tigers may have the best shot of earning a semifinal berth of any team in the country. Clemson has dodged debilitating injuries, scored a key victory over Notre Dame on Oct. 3 and has blown out the teams it should blow out.
Three other teams have earned the top spot in the Power Rankings this season. The pressure is now on the Tigers to make their reign last.
Next week: Saturday at North Carolina State
Dropped out: Cal
Next five: North Carolina, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, UCLA, BYU