Week 8 2016 NCAA College Football Power Rankings

By Derek Ferreira
Oct. 24, 2016

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The college football power rankings saw some big-time shakeups with Ohio State and Texas A&M tasting their first defeat. Are they still in the top 10? Let's take a look at this week's rankings.

10. Oklahoma Sooners: Oklahoma is an interesting team in college football with so many players that can step up, but that defense is horrible. For example, the game we just witnessed against Texas Tech. But let's get to stats, where Baker Mayfield threw for 545 yards with seven touchdowns.

9. West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia is undefeated, and I can't believe that I'm saying that. This past weekend, the Mountaineers defeated TCU. I have to say that West Virginia is not hype and America needs to watch. This weekend, we get a real classic when they face Oklahoma State.

8. Baylor Bears: Baylor had the off day, but they will manage to play Texas this weekend.

7. Nebraska Cornhuskers: With Nebraska defeating Purdue this past weekend, the Cornhuskers face their first test when they travel to Wisconsin to face the Badgers this weekend. As far as the game this weekend goes, Tommy Armstrong threw for over 250 yards and a TD, but he got picked off. If Nebraska has to defeat Wisconsin by playing a solid game.

6. Louisville Cardinals: It's time to endorse Lamar Jackson as your winner for the 2016 Heisman Trophy. The Sophomore QB added his resume this season. Jackson has 30 TD's with just four picks. The Cardinals play Virginia this weekend, and that is another easy win for the Cardinals.

5. Clemson Tigers: Clemson was off this weekend, but they have their biggest on Saturday against Florida State. Bur for now, this team stays at No. 5.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes : Things didn't go as planned for the Buckeyes on Saturday, but this is a team that is still a contender in the CFB Playoffs. Ohio State had one bad quarter, and you can't blame it on the Buckeyes. Also, give credit where credit was due to Penn State for shutting down Ohio State in the fourth quarter. For Ohio State to bounce back, they get an easy game against Northwestern.

3. Washington Huskies: Washington defeated Oregon State easily this past weekend. It's a huge game this weekend as the Huskies will play on the road against No. 16 Utah. This is a huge game because Washington plays their first tough game on the road and QB Jake Browning has another showcase game. Browning goes into this hostile environment with 30 TD's and two picks, and if Browning wins this game, it moves him in the Heisman standings.

2. Michigan Wolverines: Reality is, we have to realise that Michigan is beating teams that are mediocre. Rutgers is bad; Illinois is bad. But we have to remember that Michigan did struggle with teams such as Colorado, and Wisconsin, but in the end, they got the job done. Up next for Michigan, their toughest test of the season in a team they want revenge against after the events from last year in the Michigan State Spartans. It will be interesting to see how this Michigan team can handle the pressure of Spartans Stadium.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide: The big question that college football fans have is when will the Crimson Tide taste their first defeat? I'm honest about it. However, it was good to see them get that adversity only it was for awhile. For the 12th straight matchup, Alabama scored a non-offensive touchdown. The offense was great, despite Jalen Hurts throwing a pick. Alabama has the off week, so expect the Tide to stay at No. 1.