College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Top 25 after Week 8

Much of the country — including five Top 25 teams — rested up this weekend, leaving a thinned-out schedule that didn’t provide much drama. But the college football rankings should still see a shake-up after dominant wins by Notre Dame and Penn State.

Here is our best guess at how the AP Top 25 will shake out after Week 8:

College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Top 25 after Week 8

Dropped out: Michigan (previously No. 19)

25. Iowa State ⬇️
24. Memphis ⬇️
23. LSU ⬇️

What a turnaround. Ed Orgeron’s Tigers have now won three straight — including an upset of then-No. 10 Auburn — after dispatching a feisty Ole Miss team in Oxford. The best part of the night was Derrius Guice’s performance; the beat-up running back went for 279 yards on just 22 carries against the Rebels. Louisiana State has now produced three unbelievable individual single-game rushing performances under Coach O.

22. West Virginia ⬇️
21. Stanford ⬇️
20. Auburn ⬇️

Arkansas was no match for an angry Auburn team. The Tigers completely shut down Hogs backup quarterback Cole Kelley while re-establishing their dominant rushing attack. Kamryn Pettway punched in three scores while Kerryon Johnson and Jarrett Stidham both ran in touchdowns. Up next: A bye, and then a tough two-game stretch vs. Texas A&M and Georgia.

19. UCF ⬇️
18. Michigan State
17. USC ⬆️
16. N.C. State ⬇️
15. USF ⬇️
14. Washington State ⬇️
13. Virginia Tech ⬇️
12. Washington
11. Oklahoma State ⬆️
10. Oklahoma ⬆️
9. Miami ⬆️
8. Notre Dame

The most impressive win of the weekend belongs to the Fighting Irish, who decimated No. 11 USC in South Bend. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush was back in the starting lineup, which means Notre Dame is close to full strength again for its final College Football Playoff push. All eyes are on a Nov. 11 matchup with Miami.

7. Clemson
6. Ohio State
5. Wisconsin
4. TCU
3. Georgia
2. Penn State
1. Alabama

The Crimson Tide didn’t destroy the rival Vols quite as badly as some expected, but they still covered a crazy five-touchdown spread with a 45-7 victory in Tuscaloosa. ‘Bama gets a week off before its annual rivalry game against LSU.

What do you think the college football rankings will look like? Let us know in the comments section below.

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