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.

By Colin Becht
October 27, 2015

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.

•​ NADKARNI: Three thoughts on AP poll after Week 8 | Complete AP Top 25

1
Clemson Tigers
2
7–0
Next week: Saturday at North Carolina State
2
LSU Tigers
4
7–0
Last week: Beat Western Kentucky 48–20 Next week: Bye week
3
Baylor Bears
3
7–0
Last week: Beat Iowa State 45–27 Next week: Bye week
4
Alabama Crimson Tide
5
7–1
Last week: Beat Tennessee 19–14 Next week: Bye week
5
Ohio State Buckeyes
7
8–0
Last week: Beat Rutgers 49–7 Next week: Bye week • BECHT: Three biggest takeaways from Week 8
6
TCU Horned Frogs
6
7–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Thursday vs. West Virginia
7
Michigan State Spartans
8
8–0
Last week: Beat Indiana 52–26 Next week: Bye week
8
Florida Gators
9
6–1
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville, Fla.)
9
Iowa Hawkeyes
10
7–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Maryland
10
Utah Utes
1
6–1
Last week: Lost to USC 42–24 Next week: Saturday vs. Oregon State • ESTES: USC shakes up Pac-12 with Utah upset
11
Stanford Cardinal
13
6–1
Last week: Beat Washington 31–14 Next week: Saturday at Washington State
12
Memphis Tigers
17
7–0
Last week: Beat Tulsa 66–42 Next week: Saturday vs. Tulane
13
Oklahoma State Cowboys
11
7–0
Last week: Beat Kansas 58-10 Next week: Saturday at Texas Tech
14
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
14
6–1
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday at Temple
15
Michigan Wolverines
16
5–2
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday at Minnesota • NADKARNI: Michigan at No. 15 in AP poll
16
Ole Miss Rebels
25
6–2
Last week: Beat Texas A&M 23-3 Next week: Saturdy at Auburn
17
Oklahoma Sooners
18
6–1
Last week: Beat Texas Tech 63-27 Next week: Saturday at Kansas
18
Houston Cougars
19
7–0
Last week: Beat UCF 59-10 Next week: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
19
Pittsburgh Panthers
21
6–1
Last week: Beat Syracuse 23-20 Next week: Thursday vs. North Carolina
20
Toledo Rockets
22
7–0
Last week: Beat UMass 51-35 Next week: Bye week • THAMEL: Analyzing the coaching carousel
21
Duke Blue Devils
23
6–1
Last week: Beat Virginia Tech 45-43 Next week: Saturday vs. Miami
22
Florida State Seminoles
12
6–1
Last week: Lost to Georgia Tech 22-16 Next week: Saturday vs. Syracuse
23
Temple Owls
24
7–0
Last week: Beat East Carolina 24-14 Next week: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
24
Northwestern Wildcats
6–2
Last week: Beat Nebraska 30-28 Next week: Bye week
25
Texas A&M Aggies
15
5–2
Last week: Lost to Ole Miss 23-3 Next week: Saturday vs. South Carolina

Dropped out: Cal
Next five: North Carolina, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, UCLA, BYU

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