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Week 8 Polls | Crowning A New No. 1 Team

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The College Football Realm continues to experience new highs and lows during the first installment of the playoff system. Although the first official College Playoff Poll has yet to be released, the committee has been given much to debate. Needless to say, the task does not appear to be getting any easier.

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Auburn
2 Florida State Florida State Ole Miss
3 Ole Miss Ole Miss Mississippi State
4 Baylor Baylor Oklahoma
5 Notre Dame Notre Dame Baylor
6 Auburn Michigan State Alabama
7 Alabama Alabama Georgia
8 Michigan State Auburn TCU
9 Oregon Oregon Texas A&M
10 Georgia Georgia Oregon
11 Oklahoma Oklahoma Florida State
13 Ohio State Ohio State Notre Dame
14 Kansas State Kansas State Michigan State
15 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Ohio State
16 Arizona East Carolina Stanford
17 Arizona State Arizona Kansas State
18 East Carolina Arizona State Clemson
19 Nebraska Nebraska Florida
20 Utah Stanford UCLA
21 Texas A&M Texas A&M USC
22 USC Clemson Tennessee
23 Stanford Utah Utah
24 Clemson Marshall Nebraska
25 Marshall USC Arkansas


  • The Mississippi Bulldogs have officially taken over the No. 1 spot in both the AP and Coaches' Poll. After a grueling two weeks, MSU has proved they deserve to be in discussion and boast their highest ranking in school history. A collision course with Ole Miss set for Nov. 29th could decide the SEC Champion.
  • Jumping two spots in the Coaches' Poll, the Michigan St. Spartans top the list of one-loss teams. In a year with plenty of upsets, the Spartans control their own destiny with a playoff spot on the line.
  • Art Briles orchestrated a come from behind win against an unbeaten top 10 opponent in front of a home crowd. However voters felt the need to drop them a spot in order to make room for the Ole Miss Rebels and the SEC who downed Texas A&M marking two consecutive losses for the Aggies.
  • The Arizona Wildcats could not come up big two weeks in a row. Instead, their stock fell seven spots as the overrated notion continues to take hold. On another note, the Oklahoma St. Cowboys moved up three spots in the Coaches' Poll after struggling against the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence. After fans underselling KU? Doubtful.
  • UCLA, Georgia Tech, and Missouri all fell from the rankings allowing Utah, Marshall, and USC to take their place in the Coaches' Poll.