Week 8: Games Played Through October 23, 2021
|TEAM||POINTS||FIRST-PLACE VOTES||LAST WEEK’S RANK|
|5.||Ohio State (6-1)||639||5|
|7.||Michigan State (7-0)||505||7|
|9.||Ole Miss (6-1)||381||12|
|11.||Notre Dame (6-1)||295||13|
|12.||Wake Forest (7-0)||218||16|
|14.||Oklahoma State (6-1)||140||8|
|15.||Texas A&M (6-2)||124||N/A|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Penn State (41), Baylor (35), SMU (26), Auburn (18), Iowa State (14), San Diego State (14), Central Michigan (10), Arizona State (6), UTSA (4), Arkansas (3), NC State (1).
Idle Georgia received all 52 first-place votes for the second straight week in the poll, while only minor changes occurred directly beneath the Bulldogs. No. 2 Cincinnati a week ago, fell a spot to No. 3 after a narrow victory at unranked Navy.
Alabama rose two spots to No. 2 after dispatching Tennessee by 28 points. Oklahoma struggled with Kansas in Lawrence and fell from No. 3 to No. 4. Nos. 5-6-7 (Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State) remained in the same order. No. 8 Oklahoma State lost at Iowa State and fell six spots to No. 14.
Penn State, No. 9 last week, dropped completely out of the poll after suffering a home loss to Illinois. Coastal Carolina also dropped out of the poll after losing to Appalachian State.
Texas A&M re-entered the poll at No. 15, and Pittsburgh debuted in the poll for the first time in school history at No. 16 after beating Clemson.
The SEC led all conferences with five teams, followed by the Big Ten with four and the ACC and Big 12 with two each. The American, Independents and Pac-12 had one team each.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:
No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
No. 2 Alabama is idle
No. 3 Cincinnati at Tulane
Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma
Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State
No. 6 Michigan at No. 7 Michigan State
Colorado at No. 8 Oregon
No. 9 Ole Miss at Auburn
No. 10 Iowa at Wisconsin
North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame
Duke at No. 12 Wake Forest
No. 13 Kentucky at Mississippi State
Kansas at No. 14 Oklahoma State
No. 15 Texas A&M is idle
Miami, Fl. at No. 16 Pittsburgh
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