College Football Playoff Outlook: What we see thru Week 8

10/17/2021

The AP and AFCA rankings came out early Sunday afternoon after another wild games in Week 7. Five of seven top 25 teams lost to unranked teams, including Iowa, which was ranked #2, fell to Purdue 24-7. Week 7 had the second most top 25 teams lose behind Week 5, which had nine teams.

Georgia is a team that has shown the only dominance that is led by its defense. The defense has given up 13 points twice in the game. QB Stetson Bennett has kept the momentum as a backup to JT Daniels winning three straight top 25 teams.

Cincinnati, which I have ranked #2, can be easily debatable for that position. The college football committee may vote between 3-5 because of the strength of schedule. They would need Notre Dame to keep winning and hope SMU remains unbeaten by November 20.

Oklahoma has a new spark in its program. QB Caleb Williams, a Freshman, has given the offense light and looks unstoppable. After taking over Spencer Rattler in the Texas game, he remained as a starter. OU has scored back-to-back 50 points. However, the defense is giving up a lot of points in the last three games.

Alabama suffered a loss to Texas A&M. They rebounded by defeating Mississippi State 49-9. Their next opponents are non-top 25 teams until November 27. They will visit Auburn in "The Iron Bowl."

Ohio State's QB CJ Stroud is a Freshman who is gaining confidence each week. However, he is performing high standards against weaker teams. Stroud does have difficulties throwing the ball on the move. Evidence has shown in the loss to Oregon in Week 2. The Buckeyes visits Indiana and then start their journey to play four of the last five games against ranked opponents.

Oklahoma State has been the quietest team in the Big 12. They are 6-0, winning their last three games against Kansas State, Baylor, and Texas (all ranked). The Cowboys can be the sleeper in the college football playoff rankings.

Below is my Top 25 College Football Rankings thru Week 8.  It is compared to the AP and AFCA Polls.