The Associated Press has dropped its rankings in the AP Top 25 poll following Week 7 of the college football season. And what a wild week it was as the race for the College Football Playoff begins to heat up.
There were a number of upsets throughout the weekend, with a whopping four teams in the top ten suffering defeat — No. 2 Georgia, No. 6 West Virginia, No. 7 Washington, and No. 8 Penn State — and a total of 8 teams inside of the Top 25 falling.
Because of that, there are plenty of shakeups in the latest poll.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming weekend in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The complete AP Top 25 poll for Week 8 can be seen below.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings — Week 8
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- West Virginia
- NC State
- Texas A&M
- Penn State
- Mississippi State
- Michigan State
- Washington State
Others Receiving Votes: Others receiving votes:Stanford 71, San Diego St. 53, Southern Cal 53, Appalachian St. 51, Colorado 49, Utah St. 38, Miami 38, Utah 33, Duke 17, Texas Tech 8, Fresno St. 7, Houston 3, Maryland 2, Virginia 2.
The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.
Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.