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P.S.R. 1-120: Week 8 Re-Ranking

Auburn and Cam Newton had plenty of reasons to celebrate following a win over Arkansas.

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. I’ve been promising it for a few weeks, but now that we’re through seven games — give or take — the re-rankings are rounding into proper shape. I think so, at least.

The Top 25

1. Oregon (6-0, 3-0)
Everything is aligning nicely for the Ducks through six games.
2. Boise State (6-0, 2-0)
For the second straight week, Boise’s road gets easier.
3. Auburn (7-0, 4-0)
It’s becoming old news, these Newton-led onslaughts.
4. Oklahoma (6-0, 2-0)
Oklahoma beat up on Iowa State — not a big deal.
5. T.C.U. (7-0, 3-0)
The defense finally allowed some points — three of them.
6. Michigan State (7-0, 3-0)
The Spartans control their Rose Bowl destiny.
7. Utah (6-0, 3-0)
Poor, poor Wyoming never stood a chance.
8. L.S.U. (7-0, 4-0)
No fake field goal on Saturday, which was disappointing.
9. Alabama (6-1, 3-1)
We’ll see if the Tide can slow down Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
10. Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1)
Never underestimate a Camp Randall crowd at night.
11. Stanford (5-1, 2-1)
A bye week precedes a laugher against Washington State.
12. Ohio State (6-1, 2-1)
A disheartening conference loss for the Buckeyes.
13. Iowa (5-1, 2-0)
Iowa eagerly awaits shots at Wisconsin, M.S.U. and Ohio State.
14. Florida State (6-1, 4-0)
F.S.U. played horribly and won, which is a good thing.
15. Nebraska (5-1, 1-1)
Still waiting for the Cornhuskers to beat a team of consequence.
16. Oklahoma State (6-0, 2-0)
Oklahoma State’s win in Lubbock was its first since 1944.
17. Arizona (5-1, 2-1)
I worry about this team’s offense without Nick Foles under center.
18. Missouri (6-0, 2-0)
Another torrid start for Missouri; Oklahoma and Nebraska await.
19. Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-0)
Hokies continue to roll offensively, though the defense needs work.
20. South Carolina (4-2, 2-2)
What a disappointing step back for the Gamecocks.
21. Texas (4-2, 2-1)
A masterful coaching job by Mack Brown in Lincoln.
22. West Virginia (5-1, 1-0)
Mountaineers look like the best team in the Big East.
23. Arkansas (4-2, 1-2)
Arkansas has lost to a pair of good teams, but the losses hurt.
24. U.S.C. (5-2, 2-2)
When this offense is rolling, it’s nearly impossible to stop.
25. Mississippi State (5-2, 2-2)
It didn’t take Dan Mullen long to defeat his coaching mentor.

The Rest

26. Georgia Tech (5-2, 3-1)
27. Air Force (5-2, 3-1)
28. Northwestern (5-1, 1-1)
29. Michigan (5-2, 1-2)
30. North Carolina (4-2, 2-1)
31. Kansas State (5-1, 2-1)
32. Miami (Fla.) (4-2, 2-1)
33. Nevada (6-1, 1-1)
34. Northern Illinois (5-2, 3-0)
35. Temple (5-2, 2-1)
36. Navy (4-2, 0-0)
37. Florida (4-3, 2-3)
38. Oregon State (3-3, 2-1)
39. N.C. State (5-2, 2-1)
40. Penn State (3-3, 0-2)
41. Notre Dame (4-3, 0-0)
42. Baylor (5-2, 2-1)
43. East Carolina (4-2, 3-0)
44. Hawaii (5-2, 3-0)
45. Purdue (4-2, 2-0)
46. Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-0)
47. U.C.F. (4-2, 2-0)
48. S.M.U. (4-3, 3-0)
49. Southern Mississippi (5-2, 2-1)
50. Arizona State (3-3, 1-2)
51. Rutgers (4-2, 1-0)
52. Kentucky (4-3, 1-3)
53. San Diego State (4-2, 1-1)
54. Mississippi (3-3, 1-2)
55. Washington (3-3, 2-1)
56. Clemson (3-3, 1-2)
57. Texas A&M (3-3, 0-2)
58. Fresno State (4-2, 2-1)
59. U.C.L.A. (3-3, 1-2)
60. Connecticut (3-3, 0-1)
61. Houston (3-3, 2-1)
62. California (3-3, 1-2)
63. Texas Tech (3-3, 1-3)
64. Maryland (4-2, 1-1)
65. Illinois (3-3, 1-2)
66. Troy (4-2, 3-0)
67. Tulsa (4-3, 2-2)
68. Georgia (3-4, 2-3)
69. Syracuse (4-2, 1-1)
70. Ohio (4-3, 2-1)
71. UTEP (5-2, 2-2)
72. Army (3-3, 0-0)
73. Toledo (4-3, 3-0)
74. Cincinnati (3-3, 1-0)
75. Colorado (3-3, 0-2)
76. Idaho (3-3, 0-1)
77. Indiana (4-2, 0-2)
78. Boston College (2-4, 0-3)
79. South Florida (3-2, 0-2)
80. Middle Tennessee (2-4, 1-1)
81. Iowa State (3-4, 1-2)
82. Tennessee (2-4, 0-3)
83. Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-2)
84. Louisiana Tech (3-4, 2-1)
85. Miami (Ohio) (4-3, 3-0)
86. Louisville (3-3, 0-1)
87. Western Michigan (2-4, 1-1)
88. Virginia (2-4, 0-3)
89. Wake Forest (2-5, 1-3)
90. B.Y.U. (2-5, 0-2)
91. La.-Monroe (3-3, 2-1)
92. Tulane (2-4, 0-2)
93. Wyoming (2-5, 0-3)
94. Central Michigan (2-5, 1-3)
95. Florida International (2-4, 2-0)
96. Utah State (2-4, 0-2)
97. Buffalo (2-4, 1-1)
98. Arkansas State (2-5, 2-2)
99. U.A.B. (2-4, 1-1)
100. Rice (2-5, 1-2)
101. Kansas (2-4, 0-2)
102. Duke (1-5, 0-3)
103. Colorado State (2-5, 1-2)
104. Kent State (2-4, 1-2)
105. La.-Lafayette (2-4, 2-2)
106. Florida Atlantic (1-4, 0-2)
107. Marshall (1-5, 0-2)
108. Bowling Green (1-6, 0-3)
109. Minnesota (1-6, 0-3)
110. Ball State (2-5, 1-2)
111. New Mexico State (1-5, 0-2)
112. U.N.L.V. (1-6, 1-2)
113. Eastern Michigan (1-6, 1-3)
114. North Texas (1-6, 1-2)
115. Western Kentucky (0-6, 0-2)
116. Washington State (1-6, 0-3)
117. Memphis (1-6, 0-4)
118. San Jose State (1-6, 0-2)
119. Akron (0-7, 0-3)
120. New Mexico (0-6, 0-2)

Previous rankings

Week 7 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 6 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 5 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 4 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 3 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 2 rankings Boise State, No. 1
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Comments

  1. Bob J says:

    My take on the top ten, based on actual play this season: TCU, Boise State, Oregon, Utah, Missouri, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Oklahoma, Stanford.

  2. schedule nit says:

    San Diego State seems a bit low at # 53. I think the BYU loss had more to do with looking ahead to AFA than their actual skill level.

    Also not sure why you’re sorta dissing on Oklahoma at this point, since you pretty much pegged them as the Big 12 team to beat this year.

    Auburn is starting to get pretty thin from injuries, remember at this time last year they had no second string linebackers. Doubt they can win out before the Iron Bowl.

  3. Matt Rob says:

    Regarding Auburn – I agree with you. Their defense is shoddy already, with most of the players healthy. These shootouts/last second victories may be hard to come by the rest of the year.

    And what happens if Newton goes out for even half of a game?
    ——

  4. SouthsideChi says:

    I think Bama is too low. I like Boise and TCU. But I am not sure if their schedules are tough enough to warrant them being in the top five, especially Boise State. That said, hooray for parity and GO NOLES!

  5. wildcat6 says:

    Northwestern at #28 is about right. This week we’ll see if we can take down Sparty, who may be looking past the ‘Cats to Iowa. It’s a classic letdown game for MSU, and the kind Pat Fitzgerald’s crew tends to pull off.

  6. John Irons says:

    Boise v Auburn would produce a 200 point game.

  7. John Irons says:

    Showdown in Salt Lake against two top 10 teams? Yes please. Stereotypes be damned…Utah crowds can get downright RAUCOUS.

  8. BloggingBevo says:

    My only major disagreements are Oklahoma too high, and Florida State way too high. Oklahoma has some issues, although I’ll be a believer if they beat Missouri, a team who I’m starting to believe in. Florida State is a fringe top 25 team not a top 15 team. I have OU 9 (most would disagree) and FSU at 24.

  9. Colin says:

    No way 200 points gets scored in a Boise State-Auburn game. Boise State’s defense is better than you give them credit for (unless you think the score will be something like 150-50).

  10. Warden Tressel says:

    Ohio State drops a conference game to an inferior opponent?

    Big surprise.

    It’s not like it happens almost every year.

    2005-Penn St.
    2007-Illinois
    2009-Purdue
    2010-Wisconsin

  11. DMK says:

    This is all so meta. Not you specifically, Paul, but the whole polling thing. But we already knew that in our hearts, didn’t we?

    My criterion: what would Vegas say about a hypothetical neutral field match-up? (And shouldn’t that be everyone’s criterion for hypothesizing a top-two?) Boise St. would be an underdog to all but 4 or 5 teams in your top-25. If all these polls out there have it right, then there’s a lot of money to be made in Vegas!

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