OKLAHOMA CITY, Sporting Alert – Ohio State stayed No. 1 on the AP college football top 25 rankings, but once again there were lots of movements below them.
Baylor also stayed No. 2 this week, after another impressive performance at the weekend.
The Buckeyes (7-0) collected 28 first-place votes for 1428 points in Week 8, following a seventh straight victory on the season.
Ohio State defeated Penn State 38-10 on Saturday.
The Bears (6-0) received 12 first-place votes in Week 8 for 1416 points.
There is a new No. 3 team in this week’s poll, though, as Utah jumped one place in the rankings after beating Arizona State 34-18.
The Utes (6-0), who replaced TCU, who slipped to No. 4 in this week’s AP top 25 rankings, also collected 16 of the first-place votes from the voting panel.
Completing the top five is LSU (6-0) which jumped one slot after staying undefeated on the season by downing the previous unbeaten Florida Gators.
Clemson dropped one place to No. 6, Michigan State, which secured a late win over Michigan on the final play of their game on Saturday, remained No. 7, while Alabama climbed two places to No. 8 and Florida State is up two spots as well to No. 9.
Stanford was one of the two biggest movers in the rankings this week, vaulting five places to No. 10, following the impressive win over UCLA in the week.
Iowa (7-0) was the other five-spot movers – up to No. 12 from 17th in last week’s poll.
Notre Dame leaped three slots to occupy the No. 11 spot.
Completing the top 15 are Florida at No. 13, Oklahoma State, at No. 14 and Michigan and Texas A&M, tied for No. 15.
Oklahoma, Memphis, Toledo and California round out the top 20 teams.
Ole Miss was the biggest dropper this week, falling 11 places to No. 24, after losing to Memphis.
Pittsburgh, Memphis and Temple are the new-comers in Week 8 of the AP college football top 25 rankings.
As expected, UCLA (18), Northwestern (20) and Boise State (21) fell out of the rankings this week, following respective “weak” performances in their last outings.
2015 AP College Football Top 25 Rankings
1 Ohio State(28)
7 Michigan State
8 Alabama 6-1
9 Florida State
11 Notre Dame
14 Oklahoma State
15 Michigan; Texas A&M
24 Ole Miss
Dropped from rankings: UCLA 18, Northwestern 20, Boise State 21
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 62, BYU 21, UCLA 18, North Carolina 17, Texas Tech 14, Georgia 12, Western Kentucky 11, Arizona State 10, Wisconsin 8, Boise State 8, Utah State 7, Northwestern 4