Week 8 of the college football season didn’t bring the same craziness as Week 7 did but there was still plenty to watch closely.
In South Carolina, it took a 17-point fourth-quarter rally for Clemson to stay unbeaten
and knock Syracuse from the undefeated ranks while TCU rallied in the second half to stay perfect
on the year with a win over Kansas State. Elsewhere, Ole Miss was knocked from the unbeaten
ranks as they were routed on the Bayou by Brian Kelly and LSU.
So what does all of that mean for the College Football Playoff rankings?
As a kind reminder – ratings and rankings are not the same things.
6. Ohio State (7-0) Ohio State won easily over Iowa as they moved to 7-0 on the year and remained atop Herbstreit’s rankings.
5. Tennessee (7-0) Tennessee won easily over Tennessee-Martin as expected and stayed at two for Herbstreit.
4. Georgia (7-0) Georgia stays at number three after their bye week helped them get a bit more healthy and prep for rival Florida this coming Saturday.
3. Michigan (7-0) Michigan remains at 7-0 after a bye week as they prepare to get revenge on Michigan State
2. Alabama (7-1) Their blowout victory over Mississippi State paired with Clemson’s struggles to
get by Syracuse bumped Alabama up one spot from a week ago in Herbstreit’s rankings.
1. Clemson (8-0) Clemson is down one spot to six in Herbstreit’s rankings after struggling to get by unbeaten Syracuse last weekend.