Rocket's Top 25 College Football Ratings--Week 8

Another thrilling weekend of college football is behind us. Here is another edition of Rocket's Top 25.

The playoff hopes of both the ACC and the Pac-12 pretty much collapsed with losses by the top teams in those two conferences--Florida State and Utah, respectively.  While there is now much more clarity in the ratings from 2-3 weeks ago, there is no dominant team this year and a lot more parity in college football.


With their schedule, it did not look like Memphis could advance much farther, but with Mississippi's resounding win over Texas A&M, the Tigers' win over the Rebels looks more and more impressive.

#1-1  LSU (7-0) bombed Western Kentucky 48-20; Biggest Wins:  #2 Florida 35-28 and #21 Mississippi State 21-19

#3-2  Florida (6-1) did not play; Biggest Win: #11 Mississippi 38-10; lost to #1 LSU 35-28

#5-3  Michigan State (8-0) pounded Indiana 52-26; Biggest Win: #13 Michigan 27-23  

#8-4 Memphis (7-0) mashed Tulsa 66-42; Biggest Win: #11 Mississippi 37-24

#6-5 Clemson (7-0) crushed Miami of Florida 58-0; Biggest Win: #15 Notre Dame 24-22

#4-6  Alabama (7-1) turned back Tennessee 19-14; Biggest Wins:  #16 Texas A&M 41-23, Georgia 38-10, and Wisconsin 35-17; Lost to #11 Mississippi 43-37

#9-7 Baylor (7-0) bombed Iowa State 45-27; Biggest Win: Texas Tech 63-35

#10-8  TCU (7-0) did not play; Biggest Win:  Texas Tech 55-52

#11-9  Iowa (6-0) was idle; Biggest Wins:  #19 Northwestern 40-10, Pittsburgh 27-24 and Wisconsin 10-6

#12-10  Ohio State (7-0) rang Rutgers' bell 49-7; Biggest Win: Penn State 38-10

#18-11  Mississippi (5-2) beat #17 Texas A&M 23-3; Biggest Wins:  #6 Alabama 43-37 and #17 Texas A&M 23-3; Lost to #2 Florida 38-10 and #4 Memphis 37-24

#2-12  Utah (6-1) lost to USC 42-24;  Biggest Wins:  #14 Michigan 24-17 and California 30-24; Lost to USC 42-24

#15-13 Oklahoma State (7-0) rocked Kansas 58-10; Biggest Wins: Kansas State 36-34, West Virginia 33-26 in overtime

#13-14   Michigan (5-2) did not play; Biggest Win:  #19 Northwestern 38-0; Lost to #3 Michigan State 27-23 and #12 Utah 24-17

#17-15  Notre Dame (6-1) was idle; Biggest Win:  Navy 41-24; Lost to #5 Clemson 24-22

#16-16  Stanford (6-1) put away Washington 31-14; Biggest Win: #25 UCLA 56-35; Lost to #19 Northwestern 16-6

#7-17  Texas A&M (5-2) lost to #11 Mississippi 23-3; Biggest Win: #21 Mississippi State 30-17; Lost to #6 Alabama 41-23 and #11 Mississippi 23-3

#19-18  Temple (7-0) got by East Carolina 24-14; Biggest Win: Penn State 27-10

#23-19  Northwestern (6-2) rebounded to beat Nebraska 30-28; Biggest Wins:  #16 Stanford 16-6 and #22 Duke 19-10; Lost to #9 Iowa 40-10 and #13 Michigan 38-0

------20  Toledo (7-0) came from way back to beat Massachusetts 51-35; Biggest Win: Arkansas 16-12

20-21  Mississippi State (5-2) ripped Kentucky 42-16; Biggest Win: Auburn 17-9; Lost to #1 LSU 21-19 and #17 Texas A&M 30-17 

#21-22  Duke (6-1) escaped with a 45-43 win over Virginia Tech in four overtimes; Biggest Win: Boston College 9-7; Lost to #19 Northwestern 19-10

#14-23  Florida State (6-1) lost to Georgia Tech 22-16; Biggest Win: Miami of Florida 29-24; Lost to Georgia Tech 22-16

------24  Houston (7-0) humiliated UCF 59-10; Biggest Win: Louisville 34-31

#24-25  UCLA (5-2)  beat California 40-22; Biggest Win:  California 40-22; Lost to #16 Stanford 56-35 and Arizona State 38-23

 

 

 

Dropped Out:  California, Texas Tech

 

 

Also Considered:

 

Navy (6-1) rocked Tulane 31-14; Biggest Win: East Carolina 45-21; Lost to #15 Notre Dame 41-24

Wisconsin (6-2) toppled Illinois 24-13; Biggest Win: Illinois 24-13; Lost to #6 Alabama 35-17 and #9 Iowa 10-6

Oklahoma (6-1) blasted Texas Tech 63-27; Biggest Win:  Texas Tech 63-27; lost to Texas 24-17

Pittsburgh (6-1) squeaked by Syracuse 23-20; Biggest Win:  Virginia Tech 17-13; Lost to #9 Iowa 27-24

BYU (6-2) whipped Wagner 70-6; Biggest Win:  Boise State 35-24; Lost to #14 Michigan 31-0 and #25 UCLA 24-23

California (5-2) lost to #25 UCLA 40-22; Biggest Win: Washington 30-24; Lost to #12 Utah 30-24 and #25 UCLA 40-22

Georgia (5-2) was idle; Biggest Win: Vanderbilt 31-14; Lost to #6 Alabama 38-10 and Tennessee 38-31

North Carolina (6-1) downed Virginia 26-13; Biggest Win:  Georgia Tech 38-31; Lost to South Carolina 17-13

Appalachian State (6-1) beat Georgia Southern 31-13; Biggest Win:  Georgia Southern 31-13; Lost to #5 Clemson 41-10

Penn State (6-2) edged Maryland 31-30; Biggest Win:  Indiana; Lost to #10 Ohio State 38-10 and #18 Temple 27-10

Boise State (6-2) beat Wyoming 34-14; Biggest Win: Washington 16-13; Lost to BYU 35-24 and Utah State 52-26

Western Kentucky (6-2) lost to #1 LSU 48-20; Biggest Win:  Vanderbilt 14-12; Lost to #1 LSU 48-20 and Indiana 38-35

Marshall (7-1) took care of North Texas 30-13; Biggest Win:  Purdue 41-31; Lost to Ohio 21-10


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