Louisville reenters top five of Power Rankings after Week 8

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Monday October 24th, 2016

Saturday was a perfect example of the wonderful volatility of college football. My colleague Gabriel Baumgaertner described the day as “sleepy” before Penn State upset Ohio State and sent 107,000 crazed fans rushing onto the Beaver Stadium field, Oklahoma and Texas Tech combined for more yards than anyone ever in a single game, Leonard Fournette once again hit Peak Fournette and Washington State-Arizona State brought us that #Pac12AfterDark goodness.

Other major storylines included West Virginia continuing its ascent into College Football Playoff contender status, Houston continuing its descent from said status, Alabama running away from Texas A&M, Auburn’s remarkable dismantling of Arkansas and tons more.

Five teams from last week’s rankings lost and three dropped out, paving the way for the debut of Penn State and the returns of Washington State and Virginia Tech.

Before we get into a jam-packed Week 9, here’s how the pecking order shakes out following Week 8:    

• STAPLES: Penn State turning the corner under James Franklin

1
1Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 1
record: 8–0

Last week: Beat Texas A&M 33–14
Next week: Off

2
2Clemson Tigers
last week: 3
record: 7–0

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday at Florida State

3
3Washington Huskies
last week: 4
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Oregon State 41–17
Next week: Saturday at Utah

4
4Michigan Wolverines
last week: 5
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Illinois 41–8
Next week: Saturday at Michigan State

5
5Louisville Cardinals
last week: 7
record: 6–1

Last week: Beat NC State 54–13
Next week: Saturday at Virginia

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6
6Ohio St. Buckeyes
last week: 2
record: 6–1

Last week: Lost to Penn State 24–21
Next week: Saturday vs. Northwestern

7
7Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: 8
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Purdue 27–14
Next week: Saturday at Wisconsin

8
8West Virginia Mountaineers
last week: 12
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat TCU 34–10
Next week: Saturday at Oklahoma State

9
9Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 6
record: 6–1

Last week: Lost to Alabama 33–14
Next week: Saturday vs. New Mexico State

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10
10Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 10
record: 5–2

Last week: Beat Iowa 17–9
Next week: Saturday vs. Nebraska

11
11Baylor Bears
last week: 9
record: 6–0

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday at Texas

12
12Florida St. Seminoles
last week: 13
record: 5–2

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday vs. Clemson

13
13Boise St. Broncos
last week: 14
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat BYU 28–27
Next week: Saturday at Wyoming

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14
14Auburn Tigers
last week: 22
record: 5–2

Last week: Beat Arkansas 56–3
Next week: Saturday at Ole Miss

15
15Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 15
record: 5–2

Last week: Beat Texas Tech 66–59
Next week: Saturday vs. Kansas

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16
16Florida Gators
last week: 16
record: 5–1

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday vs. Georgia

17
17Utah Utes
last week: 18
record: 7–1

Last week: Beat UCLA 52–45
Next week: Saturday vs. Washington

18
18Tennessee Volunteers
last week: 19
record: 5–2

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday at South Carolina

19
19LSU Tigers
last week: 25
record: 5–2
20
20Western Michigan Broncos
last week: 20
record: 8–0

Last week: Beat Eastern Michigan 45–31
Next week: Off

21
21Colorado Buffaloes
last week: 24
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Stanford 10–5
Next week: Off

22
22North Carolina Tar Heels
last week: 23
record: 6–2

Last week: Beat Virginia 35–14
Next week: Off

23
23Washington St. Cougars
last week: NR
record: 5–2

Last week: Beat Arizona State 37–32
Next week: Saturday at Oregon State

24
24Penn St. Nittany Lions
last week: NR
record: 5–2

Last week: Beat Ohio State 24–21
Next week: Saturday at Purdue

25
25Virginia Tech Hokies
last week: NR
record: 5–2

Last week: Beat Miami 37–16
Next week: Thursday at Pitt

Dropped out: Houston, Arkansas, Ole Miss
Next five: Navy, Houston, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, USC

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