Solely six groups stay unbeaten this season. Week 8 noticed some assertion wins for some contenders and shut shaves for others. Ohio State trounced an Iowa staff that could not get something going. Clemson barely saved their edge to remain undefeated, and Oregon blew previous UCLA to develop into the dominant pressure within the Pac-12. The place does that land them in Klatt’s prime 10?
Listed below are the up to date rankings.
1. Ohio State (Earlier rating: 1)
Week 8 outcome: Defeated Iowa, 54-10
Why they’re ranked right here: Ohio State is the one staff to have scored on each pink zone possession this season. The 54 factors for the Buckeyes in opposition to the Hawkeyes have been probably the most allowed by an Iowa protection beneath Kirk Ferentz and probably the most factors allowed by the Hawkeyes since 1995. It was Iowa’s first loss by 40 or extra factors since Kirk Ferentz’s first Huge Ten recreation, which he misplaced 49-3 to Nick Saban and Michigan State in 1999.
Key stat: Ohio State has 17 50-plus level video games, probably the most within the nation, since 2019. The second-most 50-plus level video games within the Huge Ten over that span is Michigan, with simply six. Ohio State’s seventeenth 50-plus level recreation is greater than Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State have mixed over that span.
What’s subsequent? The Buckeyes (7-0) will journey to tackle the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) in Week 9 (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET). Watch it on FOX or the FOX Sports activities app.
Ohio State roasts Iowa: Buckeyes’ offensive firepower and dominant protection
Joel Klatt reacts to the Ohio State Buckeyes’ defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 54-10 in Week 8. Klatt breaks down the Buckeyes’ spectacular protection and explains why Ohio State is the No. 1 staff within the nation.
2. Tennessee (Earlier rating: 2)
Week 8 outcome: Defeated UT Martin, 65-24
Why they’re ranked right here: After Saturday’s victory, Tennessee is 7-0 for the primary time since 1998. The Vols have defeated 4 ranked groups for the primary time in a daily season since 1998 (No. 17 Syracuse, No. 2 Florida, No. 7 Georgia and No. 10 Arkansas).
Key stat: Tennessee’s 65 factors have been probably the most factors scored in a recreation for them since scoring 70 vs. Louisiana Monroe in 2000.
What’s subsequent? Tennessee will play host to the Kentucky Wildcats (5-2) in Week 9 (Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET).
3. Georgia (Earlier rating: 3)
Week 7 outcome: Defeated Vanderbilt, 55-0 (Bye in Week 8)
Why they’re ranked right here: Georgia is the one staff to have 40-plus scores within the pink zone this season. The Bulldogs are additionally the one staff to have greater than 40 red-zone possessions.
Key stat: Since Kirby Good took over in 2016, Georgia has six shutouts in SEC play, the one staff within the SEC to have greater than 5 throughout that point.
What’s subsequent? The Bulldogs (7-0) will play host to the Florida Gators (4-3) in Week 9 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET).
4. Michigan (Earlier rating: 4)
Week 7 outcome: Defeated Penn State, 41-17 (Bye in Week 8)
Why they’re ranked right here: Michigan is certainly one of two colleges to have a QB with 1,200-plus yards passing and an RB with 900 rush yards and 10-plus speeding TDs (Pittsburgh being the opposite). Additionally it is certainly one of three colleges to have three video games scoring 50-plus factors and successful by 40-plus factors (Alabama, Tennessee).
Key stat: Michigan is certainly one of simply three groups to be outscoring their opponent by 30 or extra factors per recreation (30.6), becoming a member of Georgia (32.6) and Ohio State (34.7).
What’s subsequent? The Wolverines (7-0) will play host to an in-state rivalry matchup in opposition to the Michigan State Spartans (3-4) in Week 9 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET).
5. Alabama (Earlier rating: 6)
Week 8 outcome: Defeated Mississippi State, 30-6
Why they’re ranked right here: Alabama has gained 15 straight video games in opposition to Mississippi State with Nick Saban as coach, together with a 5-0 file and a differential of +160 over the previous 5 video games. Alabama is 31-0 at house in October beneath Saban.
Key stat: The victory was the 119th win for Alabama by 20-plus factors since Saban took over, probably the most within the nation over that span (Ohio State is second with 98).
What’s subsequent? After a bye week, Alabama (7-1) will journey to Baton Rouge to play the LSU Tigers (6-2) in a Week 9 showdown (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET).
6. Clemson (Earlier rating: 5)
Week 8 outcome: Defeated Syracuse, 27-21
Why they’re ranked right here: The Tigers’ victory Saturday prolonged their house win streak to 38 video games, setting an ACC file for the longest house successful streak within the convention’s historical past (passing Florida State‘s file of 37 straight from 1992-2001).
Key stat: Clemson prolonged its general win streak to 14 video games, the longest lively streak within the nation.
What’s subsequent? After a bye week, the Tigers (8-0) will journey to tackle the Notre Dame Combating Irish (4-3) in Week 10 (Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. ET).
7. TCU (Earlier rating: 9)
Week 8 outcome: Defeated Kansas State, 38-28
Why they’re ranked right here: TCU has crushed ranked opponents in 4 consecutive video games for the primary time in program historical past, extending its file.
Key stat: The Horned Frogs have scored no less than 38 factors in each recreation this season and have totaled 313 factors of their seven video games, probably the most since 2015, once they had 351. They’re additionally the one staff in faculty soccer this season to attain 38 or extra factors in no less than seven video games via Week 8.
What’s subsequent? The Horned Frogs (7-0) will journey to Morgantown to tackle the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-4) in Week 9 (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET).
8. Oregon (Earlier rating: N/A)
Week 8 outcome: Defeated UCLA, 45-30
Why they’re ranked right here: Oregon’s win improves its house win streak to 23 video games, the third-longest lively streak within the nation. Additionally they have gained 17 Pac-12 house video games in a row, a program file. The Geese have additionally scored 40-plus factors for the sixth straight recreation, doing so for the primary time since 2014. Saturday was their twenty fifth straight win when scoring 40-plus factors.
Key stat: Bo Nix is the third Oregon quarterback since no less than 1996 to throw for five-plus TDs a number of instances in a season, becoming a member of Justin Herbert (2019) and Marcus Mariota (2014).
What’s subsequent? The Geese (6-1) will journey to California to play the California Golden Bears (5-2) in Week 9 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET).
Oregon takes down No. 9 UCLA: Are the Geese a CFP contender?
Joel Klatt reacts to the Oregon Geese’ defeating the No. 9 UCLA Bruins in Week 8. Klatt offers credit score to Oregon’s six-game successful streak after dropping the opener to Georgia, and explains why the Geese might be thought of for a spot within the Faculty Soccer Playoff.
9. Oklahoma State (Earlier rating: N/A)
Week 8 outcome: Defeated Texas, 41-34
Why they’re ranked right here: Oklahoma State completed Saturday’s recreation with out being penalized, which is simply the third time that has occurred in an FBS recreation since 2000 and the primary time in this system’s historical past. The Cowboys’ victory over the Longhorns is certain to have Huge 12 playoff implications.
Key stat: Oklahoma State has scored 18 touchdowns on drives lasting two minutes or much less this season. For comparability, the Pokes had 17 landing drives in beneath two minutes all of 2021.
What’s subsequent? The Cowboys (6-1) will journey to play the Kansas State Wildcats (5-2) in Week 9 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET).
10. Utah (Earlier rating: 10)
Week 7 outcome: Defeated USC, 43-42 (Bye in Week 8)
Why they’re ranked right here: Utah is certainly one of simply three groups within the FBS to attain 30 or extra factors and permit lower than 25 factors per recreation after Week 1, becoming a member of Clemson and Ohio State. Additionally it is certainly one of eight groups to be averaging 40 factors per recreation and permitting lower than 25 factors per recreation.
Key stat: Utah QB Cameron Rising is the sixth Utah quarterback since 1996 to hurry for 10 or extra profession touchdowns (he has 12).
What’s subsequent? Utah (5-2) will journey to Pullman to tackle Washington State Cougars (4-3) in Week 9 (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET).
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