AP Top 25 college football poll reaction

by Msnbctv news staff

The AP Prime 25 school soccer ballot is out, and after a wild weekend of video games, there’s some motion excessive within the rankings. This is what’s subsequent for every ranked staff:

Earlier rating: 1

Week 8 outcome: No sport

What’s subsequent: vs. Florida (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET)

X issue: Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV shall be searching for redemption in opposition to Florida in Jacksonville on Saturday. Final season, he suffered a shoulder harm in opposition to the Gators and was ineffective in a 44-28 loss. After leaping out to a 14-0 lead, the Bulldogs had been rolled by Florida’s high-flying offense. Bennett accomplished solely 5 of 16 passes for 78 yards with one landing and one interception. He separated his proper shoulder on a 32-yard landing to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, who broke his leg on the play. Bulldogs coach Kirby Good hasn’t mentioned whether or not Bennett or JT Daniels will begin in opposition to Florida; Bennett began the final three video games whereas Daniels was sidelined with a lat harm.

What it’s essential know: The highest-ranked Bulldogs will proceed their quest for his or her first nationwide championship in 41 years of their rivalry sport in opposition to the Gators. After Florida dominated the collection underneath former coaches Steve Spurrier and City Meyer, Georgia has flipped the collection over the previous decade, profitable six of the previous 10 video games and three of the previous 4. Whereas Florida has misplaced two of its previous three video games, together with a 49-42 defeat at LSU per week in the past, it is going to be able to spoil Georgia’s run at an ideal season. — Mark Schlabach

Earlier rating: 2

Week 8 outcome: 27-20 win at Navy

What’s subsequent: at Tulane (Saturday, midday ET)

X issue: Operating again Jerome Ford averaged 6 yards per carry within the Bearcats’ difficult win over Navy, however he solely bought 15 carries. Between some lengthy Navy drives, a handful of Cincy three-and-outs and a few short-yardage failures, Ford and the Bearcat offense spent an excessive amount of time on the sideline.

What it’s essential know: The Bearcats survived their first upset scare — and genuinely poor efficiency — of the season, and now we get to see how they reply. With the CFP committee’s common remedy of Group of 5 groups within the playoff’s historical past, we all know that type factors may very well be a should in Cincinnati’s playoff quest, and so they scored none on Saturday. — Invoice Connelly

Earlier rating: 4

Week 8 outcome: 52-24 win vs. Tennessee

What’s subsequent: vs. LSU (Nov. 6)

X issue: Junior receiver Jameson Williams has grow to be Mr. Massive Play for Alabama. He caught six passes for 123 yards within the win over Tennessee, together with a 65-yard catch within the fourth quarter that led to a Brian Robinson Jr. landing run and 14-point lead. Williams has had one catch of longer than 30 yards in 4 of the final 5 video games.

What it’s essential know: Alabama’s offense is on a roll. The Tide have scored greater than 30 factors in each sport this season and greater than 40 factors in six of their eight video games. However the protection has been simply shaky sufficient that it makes for a nerve-racking November. Alabama can have an open date this coming weekend adopted by SEC residence video games in opposition to LSU and Arkansas after which the regular-season finale on the highway in opposition to Auburn. — Low

Earlier rating: 3

Week 8 outcome: 35-23 win vs. Kansas

What’s subsequent: vs. Texas Tech (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET)

X issue: Delarrin Turner-Yell. The senior security has been out with a hamstring harm for a number of weeks however may very well be near returning, as he warmed up earlier than Saturday’s sport. Whereas sophomore Key Lawrence had eight tackles as his substitute in opposition to Kansas, the Oklahoma secondary has struggled mightily with out him in opposition to Texas, TCU and Kansas, and all arms will must be on deck in opposition to Texas Tech’s offense.

What it’s essential know: Kansas quarterback Jason Bean had season highs in completion proportion (73.9%, season common 58%) and QBR (86.5, season common 46.3) in opposition to the Sooners. Texas Tech beginning quarterback Tyler Shough is out, and his backup, Henry Colombi, accomplished simply 10 passes for 148 yards with a QBR of twenty-two.6 on Saturday in a loss to Kansas State. — Dave Wilson

Earlier rating: 5

Week 8 outcome: 54-7 win vs. Indiana

What’s subsequent: vs. Penn State (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET)

X issue: Quarterback C.J. Stroud has 14 landing passes over his final three video games since taking the week off in opposition to Akron. He has led the offense and has appeared increasingly more comfy doing it every week.

What it’s essential know: The Buckeyes have scored 51 or extra factors in every of the previous 4 video games this season. The offense is trying extra like the standard Ohio State offense we’re used to seeing and is primed for its matchup with Penn State. The Nittany Lions have struggled with a damage Sean Clifford at quarterback and the Buckeyes are trending up in all elements. The way in which Ohio State is taking part in proper now, the staff has an actual shot at a possible berth within the School Soccer Playoff. — Tom VanHaaren

Earlier rating: 6

Week 8 outcome: 33-7 win vs. Northwestern

What’s subsequent: at Michigan State (Saturday, TBA)

X issue: The run sport has powered Michigan this season, however quarterback Cade McNamara goes to must have success by way of the air if Michigan desires to beat Michigan State this week. Retaining Michigan State’s protection sincere with a balanced assault will give Michigan its finest likelihood to win and the staff will want McNamara to have one in every of his finest video games of the season.

What it’s essential know: Defensive finish Aidan Hutchinson mentioned within the offseason it made him sick to observe the replay of final yr’s loss to Michigan State. The Michigan protection has been a lot improved this season and ranked No. 20 in complete yards allowed per sport, however they will must be at their finest in opposition to Michigan State. The Spartans are averaging 451.7 yards and 34.9 factors per sport. Michigan’s protection was sick from the best way the final contest ended (a 27-24 MSU win). They will have a shot at redemption on Saturday, however it will be the largest take a look at of the season but. — Tom VanHaaren

Earlier rating: 10

Week 8 outcome: 34-31 win vs. UCLA

What’s subsequent: vs. Colorado (Saturday, TBA)

X issue: Offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. Can a coach in a sales space qualify as an X issue? Effectively, Moorhead has about nearly as good a case as any. The Geese’ lone loss remains to be the one sport he was not capable of coach, and in his first highway sport since he had emergency surgical procedure, Moorhead bought the explosive performs he was searching for from his Oregon offense.

What it’s essential know: The Geese have arguably the best sport on their schedule subsequent week as they welcome 2-5 Colorado to Eugene. Something lower than a commanding win could be a purple flag. — Paolo Uggetti

Earlier rating: 9

Week 8 outcome: No sport

What’s subsequent: vs. Michigan (Saturday, TBA)

X issue: Security Xavier Henderson. Together with Angelo Grose, Henderson varieties one of many nation’s best security tandems, producing a mixed 113 tackles by way of seven video games. Henderson has been notably disruptive with seven tackles for loss, two sacks, a pressured fumble and an interception. He shall be key in stopping Michigan’s run-heavy offense.

What it’s essential know: MSU prepares for its greatest sport for the reason that 2015 season, when it received the Massive Ten and made its lone CFP look. This week marks the primary MSU-Michigan sport since 1964 when each groups are ranked within the AP high 10. MSU is 9-4 in opposition to Michigan since 2008 however has dropped its final two conferences to its archrival at Spartan Stadium. — Adam Rittenberg

Earlier rating: 11

Week 8 outcome: No sport

What’s subsequent: at Wisconsin (Saturday, midday ET)

X issue: Operating again Tyler Goodson. Hawkeyes followers had been miffed at Goodson getting solely 12 carries within the Purdue loss. Iowa’s deficit performed into the dearth of touches, however Goodson ought to play a a lot greater function this week at Wisconsin. Factors probably shall be at a premium with these two defenses, however Iowa has the very best again on the sector.

What it’s essential know: The Purdue loss was crushing, however after an open week, Iowa nonetheless can assert itself within the Massive Ten West Division race and cling round on the fringes of the CFP conversion. A win in opposition to rival Wisconsin will go a good distance towards restoring confidence. Iowa hasn’t received at Camp Randall Stadium since 2015, the final yr it received the division. — Rittenberg

Earlier rating: 12

Week 8 outcome: 31-17 win vs. LSU

What’s subsequent: at Auburn (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET)

X issue: The Ole Miss protection has struggled at instances this season, however it rose to the event in opposition to LSU, particularly when it got here to harassing quarterback Max Johnson. If Likelihood Campbell & Co. can maintain a cross rush the remainder of the season it would go a good distance.

What it’s essential know: Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin would not wish to run quarterback Matt Corral 30 instances like he did final week in opposition to Tennessee. In opposition to LSU, he could have discovered a greater blueprint by working Corral sparingly and as a substitute counting on Snoop Conner to maneuver the chains.

Earlier rating: 13

Week 8 outcome: 31-16 win vs. USC

What’s subsequent: vs. North Carolina (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET)

X issue: The Irish might need lastly discovered a shock answer on tips on how to maximize quarterback Jack Coan’s abilities. Notre Dame included tempo and faster passing in opposition to USC, and “hurry-up Jack” delivered by finishing 20 of 28 passes and that includes a mess of targets. “We expect it is extraordinarily sustainable, based mostly upon the physique of labor by way of 4 quarters,” Irish coach Brian Kelly mentioned.

What it’s essential know: After loads of flux and experimentation, Notre Dame probably discovered its candy spot on offense, incorporating extra tempo with the passing sport whereas driving high rusher Kyren Williams. The Irish protection confronted the very best receiver (USC’s Drake London) it would see all season on Saturday, and it now prepares for most probably the very best quarterback in North Carolina’s Sam Howell. Each groups have struggled with consistency this season. The distinction is Notre Dame, with one exception, stored discovering methods to win. — Rittenberg

Earlier week: 15

Week 8 outcome: No sport

What’s subsequent: at Mississippi State (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET)

X issue: Kentucky’s protection turned in among the best performances within the Mark Stoops period in opposition to Mississippi State final season, shutting out a Mike Leach-coached offense for the primary time in Leach’s profession. However the Wildcats are banged up on the defensive position. Defensive sort out Octavious Oxendine will miss the remainder of the season with a decrease leg harm, and nostril guard Marquan McCall missed the final sport in opposition to Georgia with the identical harm.

What it’s essential know: Even after dropping 30-13 at Georgia per week in the past, Kentucky remains to be primed for among the best seasons at school historical past. With video games remaining in opposition to Mississippi State (highway), Tennessee (residence), Vanderbilt (highway), New Mexico State (residence) and Louisville (highway), the Wildcats shall be heavy favorites the remainder of the best way. An 11-1 end would put Kentucky in place to play in a New Yr’s Six bowl sport for the primary time. It could be the Wildcats’ greatest postseason sport since Bear Bryant led them to a 20-7 victory over TCU within the 1952 Cotton Bowl. — Schlabach

Earlier week: 16

Week 8 outcome: 70-56 win vs. Military

What’s subsequent: vs. Duke (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET)

X issue: Take your decide between Wake Forest receivers Jaquarii Roberson and A.T. Perry, who mixed for 303 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns within the win over Military. They’re each big-play threats, making it actually tough for opposing defenses to load up on one in every of them.

What it’s essential know: This Wake Forest staff simply retains making historical past. The Deacons are off to a 7-0 begin for under the second time at school historical past. The final time they had been 7-0 was 1944. The highway solely will get tougher from right here, although. Three of Wake Forest’s last 4 video games are away from residence, and the one residence sport in that stretch is in opposition to No. 18 North Carolina State. — Low

Earlier week: 17

Week 8 outcome: 44-14 win vs. South Carolina

What’s subsequent: vs. Auburn (Nov. 6)

X issue: Zach Calzada. The sophomore QB grew to become an A&M hero after throwing for 285 yards and three TDs within the upset win over Alabama. He was 12 of 24 for 187 yards with two TD passes to Jalen Wydermyer in opposition to South Carolina. However the Aggies are nonetheless searching for extra consistency and extra of a deep menace as they head into the late stretch of the season.

What it’s essential know: A&M has managed to place a stellar three-game profitable streak collectively following disappointing losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State that appeared like they might ship the season into the spiral. With a bye week arising, the Aggies can concentrate on a troublesome last stretch that features Auburn at residence and highway video games at Ole Miss and LSU. — Wilson

Earlier week: 8

Week 8 outcome: 24-21 loss vs. Iowa State

What’s subsequent: vs. Kansas (Saturday, TBA)

X issue: Jaylen Warren. Iowa State snapped Warren’s streak of 4 straight 100-yard video games by which he’d been dominant down the stretch. In opposition to the Cyclones, he ran for 76 yards on 18 carries and the Cowboys weren’t capable of put on Iowa State down as they did in earlier weeks.

What it’s essential know: The Cowboys return to Stillwater to face a Kansas staff that held tight with Oklahoma till the Sooners put them away late within the fourth quarter. Mike Gundy is 12-1 in opposition to the Jayhawks, with the one loss coming in 2007 to the KU staff that went 12-1 and received the Orange Bowl. — Dave Wilson

Earlier week: 20

Week 8 outcome: No sport

What’s subsequent: vs. Texas (Saturday, midday ET)

X issue: In opposition to BYU on Oct. 16, linebacker Dillon Doyle had 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks and added a dashing landing and a receiving landing. He has pinch-hit at fullback now and again, serving as lead blocker. Groups have had success working on Texas, which is up subsequent, so there’s an opportunity Doyle could get some extra double responsibility.

What it’s essential know: Texas has overwhelmed Baylor 5 of the previous six seasons. Beneath Artwork Briles, Baylor beat Texas 4 of 5 instances between 2010 and 2014. Just like the Bears, the Longhorns had a bye this weekend, however are coming off two second-half meltdowns to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. FPI offers the Longhorns a 55% likelihood of profitable. — Wilson

Earlier week: 23

Week 8 outcome: 27-17 win vs. Clemson

What’s subsequent: vs. Miami (Saturday, midday ET)

X issue: Let’s go along with the complete Pitt offensive line. There have been too many holding penalties up entrance in Saturday’s sport, however it’s a veteran unit that provides Kenny Pickett time to throw, picks up blitzes nicely and likewise cleared the best way for the Panthers to hurry for 163 yards in opposition to a troublesome Clemson protection.

What it’s essential know: Pittsburgh’s solely loss this season was at residence to Western Michigan, which nonetheless eats on the Panthers’ coaches and gamers. However it says lots about this staff the best way it has responded from that loss, notably the protection. In 4 straight wins, the Panthers haven’t allowed greater than 21 factors since that 44-41 loss to Western Michigan. Pitt will probably be favored of their last 5 regular-season video games, and three of these are at residence, beginning with Miami this coming Saturday. — Low

Earlier week: 19

Week 8 outcome: No sport

What’s subsequent: vs. Ole Miss (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET)

X issue: The Bo Nix Expertise is a curler coaster, and proper now it is heading up. He had one off one in every of his finest performances in latest reminiscence by working for one landing and finishing 80.8% of his passes for 2 touchdowns and one interception in a win over Arkansas per week in the past.

What it’s essential know: Nix has been adept at spreading the ball round, making it tough for defenses to concentrate on one receiver. Three gamers — Demetris Robertson, Kobe Hudson and Shedrick Jackson — have 20 or extra receptions and 7 extra gamers have 5 or extra catches.

Earlier week: 21

Week 8 outcome: 55-26 win vs. Tulane

What’s subsequent: at Houston (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET)

X issue: Ulysses Bentley IV. The sophomore working again had simply two carries in opposition to Navy and none this week after being restricted by harm, however SMU hopes to have him again for this week’s sport in opposition to Houston. The Cougars had been permitting simply 2.95 yards per carry earlier than their late sport in opposition to East Carolina on Saturday evening.

What it’s essential know: SMU coach Sonny Dykes and Houston coach Dana Holgorsen go approach again to their years on the Texas Tech employees. Holgorsen recruited Houston, Dykes recruited Dallas, and each noticed the potential in these jobs and are on the high finish of the AAC. That is the primary of two straight key highway video games (adopted by Memphis Nov. 6) which can be key assessments earlier than an enormous sport at No. 2 Cincinnati on Nov. 2. — Wilson

Earlier rating: 7

Week 8 outcome: 20-18 loss to Illinois (9 OT)

What’s subsequent: at Ohio State (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET)

X issue: When quarterback Sean Clifford was knocked out of the sport in opposition to Iowa, it utterly modified the dynamic of the offense. He began in opposition to Illinois, however nonetheless wasn’t 100% and the offense once more struggled in opposition to the Illini. The Nittany Lions want Clifford wholesome to complete the season on the precise foot.

What it’s essential know: Penn State now has two convention losses, however it nonetheless has Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State left on the schedule. This might spiral after a 5-0 begin, climbing into the highest 5 of the rankings, if Clifford is not totally wholesome or if the offense cannot work out tips on how to function with out him at 100%. — VanHaaren

Earlier week: 22

Week 8 outcome: 20-14 win vs. Air Pressure

What’s subsequent: vs. Fresno State (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET)

X issue: Punter Matt Araiza can flip the sector like no different punter in school soccer. In opposition to Air Pressure on Saturday, he punted a ball that travelled roughly 84 yards within the air. It went down as an 81-yard punt and it wasn’t even his longest prior to now two weeks — he had an 86-yarder in opposition to San Jose.

What it’s essential know: The Aztecs are off to their finest begin since 1975 and simply bought by way of what may find yourself being their most tough sport on the schedule. Subsequent up is Fresno State in a matchup of the highest two groups within the West Division. An SDSU win could be an enormous outcome within the convention title race, whereas a loss would change the trajectory of the complete season. — Kyle Bonagura

Earlier rating: Unranked

Week 8 outcome: 24-21 win vs. Oklahoma State

What’s subsequent: at West Virginia (Saturday, 2 p.m. ET)

X-factor: It needs to be Xavier Hutchinson, proper? He caught 12 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, whereas additionally having a rating referred to as again due to an absurd celebration penalty. With QB Brock Purdy heating up, Hutchinson ought to have loads of cause to rejoice going ahead.

What it’s essential know: After a disappointing begin to the season that included losses to Iowa and Baylor, the Cyclones have received three in a row and now journey to West Virginia earlier than returning residence to host Texas.

Earlier week: 24

Week 8 outcome: 45-16 win vs. Louisiana Tech

What’s subsequent: at UTEP (Nov. 6, 4 p.m. ET)

X issue: Jeff Traylor. The Roadrunners coach has labored wonders with the UTSA program. As they head right into a bye week, the school soccer world has taken discover and his identify has began to return up in teaching carousel speak.

What it’s essential know: UTSA is a prohibitive favourite the remainder of the best way, in keeping with FPI, with an 85% or better likelihood to win three of its 4 video games, and the opposite being a 62% likelihood to win at residence in opposition to UAB. A visit to El Paso to face the resurgent UTEP Miners is up subsequent. — Wilson

Earlier rating: 14

Week 8 outcome: 30-27 loss vs. Appalachian State

What’s subsequent: vs. Troy (Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. ET)

X issue: We noticed simply how necessary the Coastal run sport is within the Chants’ 30-27 loss to Appalachian State final week: Backs Reese White, Shermari Jones and Braydon Bennett had been averaging 8.0 yards per carry earlier than the journey to Boone however managed solely 2.8 on Wednesday evening.

What it’s essential know: The Chants are nonetheless enjoyable, artistic, aggressive and mullet-acious, and so they have a good chance to roll by way of the remainder of the schedule and end 11-1. However they will want App State to lose once more to have a shot at one other Solar Belt East title. –– Invoice Connelly

Earlier rating: Unranked

Week 8 outcome: 21-19 win over Washington State

What’s subsequent: vs. Virginia (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET)

X issue: Tyler Allgeier. BYU’s working again ran for 192 yards and two touchdowns within the win over Washington State on Saturday. He is as much as 866 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.

What it’s essential know: We’d as nicely make the Cougars Pac-12 champions at this level. With a 4-0 mark in opposition to the convention this season, BYU has extra Pac-12 wins than any staff within the convention. Now BYU’s cross protection shall be examined in opposition to Virginia and red-hot QB Brennan Armstrong.

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