Dawgs on Polls: Week 8 Top 25 Rankings Updates

The sexiest man in college football, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, has the Red Raiders climbing the rankings. - Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dawgs dropped their second of the season yesterday. I bet you are wondering how they did in the latest polls.

Unlike many a Husky Fan, pollsters didn't seem too distraught after the Huskies fell to the Oregon Ducks on Saturday for their 10th straight loss in their annual series.  Despite a 21 point defeat, the Huskies remained positioned in both polls, just following a few spots in each.  The USA Today Coaches Poll dropped UW six slots to #25 while the AP only dropped them four slots to #20.

The presence of UW in the top 25 both bolsters Oregon's overall strength of schedule, which was among the lowest in FBS previously, but also ensures that the Pac 12 will continue to have at least four teams in the rankings for the foreseeable future.  Ahead of the Huskies are the Stanford Cardinal, UCLA Bruins and Oregon Ducks.  Stanford was a "big dropper" after their upset loss to Utah, going from the top 5 in each poll to #13 in each.  UCLA parlayed their sixth win of the season into a top 10 position in both polls, ensuring that the Pac 12 continues to have two top 10 ranked teams.

Outside of the Pac 12, there was a quite a bit of movement in the wake of a couple of major upsets over the weekend.  Big risers included Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Missouri - which went from unranked right into the top 15 (SEC respect!).  Big fallers besides Stanford included Georgia, who like UW lost their second game of the year, Michigan and Oklahoma.

USA Today Coaches Poll - Week 8

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (58) 6-0 1545 1
2 Oregon (3) 6-0 1485 2
3 Ohio St. 6-0 1406 3
4 Clemson (1) 6-0 1365 4
5 Florida St. 5-0 1293 6
6 Louisville 6-0 1166 8
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1156 9
8 LSU 6-1 1098 11
9 South Carolina 5-1 1024 12
10 UCLA 5-0 999 13
11 Miami 5-0 905 14
12 Baylor 5-0 890 15
13 Stanford 5-1 857 5
14 Missouri 6-0 617 NR
15 Texas Tech 6-0 587 21
16 Georgia 4-2 546 7
17 Oklahoma St. 4-1 493 20
18 Oklahoma 5-1 482 10
19 Fresno St. 5-0 419 22
20 Virginia Tech 6-1 297 25
21 Nebraska 5-1 278 24
22 Florida 4-2 240 17
23 Northern Illinois 6-0 224 23
24 Michigan 5-1 178 16
25 Washington 4-2 137 19
Schools Dropped Out
No. 18 Northwestern.
Others Receiving Votes
Wisconsin 124; Michigan State 83; Auburn 67; Notre Dame 60; Oregon State 23; Texas 23; Central Florida 22; Northwestern 19; Utah 18; Arizona State 13; Houston 6; Boise State 3; Mississippi 2.

AP Top 25 - Week 8

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 6-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 6-0 1,438 2
3 Clemson 6-0 1,352 3
4 Ohio State 6-0 1,330 4
5 Florida State 5-0 1,242 6
6 LSU 6-1 1,137 10
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1,105 9
8 Louisville 6-0 1,077 8
9 UCLA 5-0 1,017 11
10 Miami (FL) 5-0 912 13
11 South Carolina 5-1 896 14
12 Baylor 5-0 849 15
13 Stanford 5-1 824 5
14 Missouri 6-0 749 25
15 Georgia 4-2 615 7
16 Texas Tech 6-0 590 20
17 Fresno State 5-0 383 21
18 Oklahoma 5-1 380 12
19 Virginia Tech 6-1 352 24
20 Washington 4-2 309 16
21 Oklahoma State 4-1 264 22
22 Florida 4-2 249 17
23 Northern Illinois 6-0 185 23
24 Auburn 5-1 156 NR
25 Wisconsin 4-2 153 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan 118, Nebraska 94, Michigan State 69, Utah 47, Notre Dame 39, Oregon State 21, UCF 19, Texas 16, Northwestern 7, Arizona State 7, Houston 3, Rutgers 1
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