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.

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1Clemson Tigers
last week: 2
record: 7–0

Next week: Saturday at North Carolina State

2LSU Tigers
last week: 4
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Western Kentucky 48–20
Next week: Bye week
3Baylor Bears
last week: 3
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Iowa State 45–27
Next week: Bye week
4Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 5
record: 7–1

Last week: Beat Tennessee 19–14
Next week: Bye week
5Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 7
record: 8–0

Last week: Beat Rutgers 49–7
Next week: Bye week
6TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 6
record: 7–0

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Thursday vs. West Virginia
7Michigan State Spartans
last week: 8
record: 8–0

Last week: Beat Indiana 52–26
Next week: Bye week
8Florida Gators
last week: 9
record: 6–1

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville, Fla.)
9Iowa Hawkeyes
last week: 10
record: 7–0

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday vs. Maryland
10Utah Utes
last week: 1
record: 6–1

Last week: Lost to USC 42–24
Next week: Saturday vs. Oregon State
11Stanford Cardinal
last week: 13
record: 6–1

Last week: Beat Washington 31–14
Next week: Saturday at Washington State
12Memphis Tigers
last week: 17
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Tulsa 66–42
Next week: Saturday vs. Tulane
13Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 11
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Kansas 58-10
Next week: Saturday at Texas Tech
14Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 14
record: 6–1

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday at Temple
15Michigan Wolverines
last week: 16
record: 5–2

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday at Minnesota
16Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 25
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Texas A&M 23-3
Next week: Saturdy at Auburn
17Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 18
record: 6–1

Last week: Beat Texas Tech 63-27
Next week: Saturday at Kansas
18Houston Cougars
last week: 19
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat UCF 59-10
Next week: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
19Pittsburgh Panthers
last week: 21
record: 6–1

Last week: Beat Syracuse 23-20
Next week: Thursday vs. North Carolina
20Toledo Rockets
last week: 22
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat UMass 51-35
Next week: Bye week
21Duke Blue Devils
last week: 23
record: 6–1

Last week: Beat Virginia Tech 45-43
Next week: Saturday vs. Miami
22Florida State Seminoles
last week: 12
record: 6–1

Last week: Lost to Georgia Tech 22-16
Next week: Saturday vs. Syracuse
23Temple Owls
last week: 24
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat East Carolina 24-14
Next week: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
24Northwestern Wildcats
last week: NR
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Nebraska 30-28
Next week: Bye week
25Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 15
record: 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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