College FB Polls: Week 8 Top 25

Leon WynnAnalyst IDecember 10, 2016

Icon#1 Ohio State
Last Week: #3
Ohio State 48, Kent State 3

The Buckeyes routed Kent State in a developmental game that allowed many non-starters to gain experience.

The special teams made big plays, with Brian Hartline returning a punt for a school-record 90 yards.

The most impressive display came from the Buckeye defense, which held the Golden Flashes to just 62 yards in the air and 161 yards on the ground while forcing two turnovers—both of which led to touchdowns.

Ohio State showed some impressive depth that will help in their test against the MSU Spartans this week.

I’ll say exactly what I said last week: “Now the Buckeyes will have to focus and take their season one game at a time until the November 10th showdown—Illinois @ Ohio St. If the Buckeyes can keep it together and come out victorious on the 10th, they just might have a ticket to the national title game.”

This Week:
Michigan St. @ Ohio State

Icon Sports Media#2 South Florida
Last Week: #4
South Florida 64, UCF 12

George Selvie, the nation's sack leader, helped an excellent defense shut down the nation's leading rusher, Kevin Smith.

Smith has averaged 172 yards per game—but Selvie and Co. held him to just 55 on 18 carries.

Selvie has 20.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks in just six games.

Matt Grothe threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to help the Bulls continue their winning streak. With leaders like Selvie and Grothe, this team is a force to be reckoned with.

The Bulls seem to be filling the role of national title contender as if they were ranked in the first week. Wait, didn’t I do that?

The Bulls defense extended its streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher to 14 games. The last back to break 100 against the Bulls: Ray Rice of Rutgers.

This week the Bulls travel to Rutgers, where Rice hopes to break 100 yards once again. He probably will, but the Bulls can seek consolation in a victory over the Scarlet Knights.

This Week:
South Florida @ Rutgers

#3 Boston College
Last Week: #5
Boston College 27, Notre Dame 14

The Eagles have a fairly easy schedule, which damages their credibility for a national title.

They can enjoy a No. 3 ranking and a bye this week, but I expect them to fall on the road when they face Virginia Tech on the 25th. That said, the Eagles can still win the ACC championship with one loss.

In 1984, BC was ranked as high as fifth as Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie led them to a 10-2 record and a Cotton Bowl win.

Could Matt Ryan pull something similar?

Ryan threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns this week, and he certainly has all the qualities a Heisman candidate needs. He’s quick on his feet, both figuratively and literally—Ryan displays great footwork and great composure in tough situations.

This Week:

#4 LSU
Last Week: #1
Kentucky 43, LSU 37

Last week I said the Tigers would lose against Kentucky, and possibly this week against Auburn.

Unfortunately, I was right.

The LSU D held true for the majority of the game, but fell apart late in the fourth quarter.

Penalties killed LSU. The Tigers were called for 12, costing them 103 yards. Despite those mental errors, LSU played an impressive game and fought until the end.

Charles Scott was stopped by Braxton Kelley on a 4th-and-2 in the third OT, allowing Wildcat fans to celebrate a win that left my stomach turning cartwheels.

Heisman contender Andre Woodson wasn't sharp early, but rebounded to complete 21 of 38 passes for 250 yards and three TDs. He also ran for another score.

LSU now prepares for another tough game as “the other Tigers” come to town this week. The Auburn Tigers seem to have turned their season around after a so-so start, and will be looking to serve LSU its second loss of the season.

This Week:
Auburn @ LSU

#5 Oklahoma
Last Week: #12
Oklahoma 41, Missouri 31

This Week:
Oklahoma @ Iowa St

#6 Oregon
Last Week: #7
Oregon 53, Washington 7

This Week:
Oregon @ Washington

#7 South Carolina
Last Week: #9
South Carolina 21, North Carolina 15

This Week:
Vanderbilt @ South Carolina

#8 West Virginia
Last Week: #8

This Week:
Mississippi St. @ West Virginia

#9 Kentucky
Last Week: #21
Kentucky 43, LSU 37

This Week:
Florida @ Kentucky

#10 Arizona St.
Last Week: #15
Arizona St. 44, Washington St. 20

This Week:

#11 Virginia Tech
Last Week: #11
Virginia Tech 43, Duke 14

This Week:

#12 Cal
Last Week: #2
Oregon St. 31, Cal 28

This Week:
Cal @ UCLA

#13 Florida
Last Week: #13

This Week:
Florida @ Kentucky

#14 Kansas
Last Week: #20
Kansas 58, Baylor 10

This Week:
Kansas @ Colorado

#15 USC
Last Week: #10
USC 20, Arizona 13

This Week:
USC @ Notre Dame

#16 Missouri
Last Week: #6
Oklahoma 41, Missouri 31

This Week:
Texas Tech @ Missouri

#17 Auburn
Last Week: #7
Auburn 9, Arkansas 7

This Week:
Auburn @ LSU

#18 Hawaii
Last Week: #21
Hawaii 42, San Jose St. 35

This Week:
New Mexico St @ Hawaii

#19 Tennessee
Last Week: #23
Tennessee 33, Mississippi St. 21

This Week:
Tennessee @ Alabama

#20 Georgia
Last Week: #24
Georgia 20, Vanderbilt 17

This Week:

#21 Texas Tech
Last Week: Unranked
Texas Tech 35, Texas A&M 7

This Week:
Texas Tech @ Missouri

#22 Cincinnati
Last Week: #14
Louisville 28, Cincinnati 24

This Week:
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh

#23 Texas
Last Week: Honorable Mention
Texas 56, Iowa St. 3

This Week:
Texas @ Baylor

#24 Kansas St.
Last Week: Unranked
Kansas St. 47, Colorado 20

This Week:
Kansas St. @ Oklahoma St.

#25 Virginia
Last Week: Honorable Mention
Virginia 17, U Conn 16

This Week:
Virginia @ Maryland

Honorable Mention

Penn St

Conference Representation

01 Ohio State-Big 10
02 South Florida-Big East
03 Boston College-ACC
05 Oklahoma- Big 12
06 Oregon-Pac 10
07 South Carolina-SEC
08 West Virginia-Big East
09 Kentucky-SEC
10 Arizona State-Pac 10
11 Virginia Tech-ACC
12 Cal-Pac 10
13 Florida-SEC
14 Kansas-Big 12
15 USC-Pac 10
16 Missouri-Big 12
17 Auburn-SEC
18 Hawaii-WAC
19 Tennessee-SEC
20 Georgia-SEC
21 Texas Tech-Big 12
22 Cincinnati-Big East
23 Texas-Big 12
24 Kansas St-Big 12
25 Virginia-ACC


Penn St-Big 10
Michigan-Big 10
Illinois-Big 10

Big 10-4
Big 12-6
Big East-3
Pac 10-4