Goz’s College Football Top 25 Poll (Week 8)
For the second consecutive season I’ll be providing my own personal Top 25 poll each week during the college football season. My poll philosophy all season long has been ranking the teams I believe are the best twenty five best in the country following that given week’s games. Below are my rankings and comments about each week’ biggest shake up and changes. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know below or on Twitter @TomGozz
3) Penn State
5) Ohio State
11) Virginia Tech
13) Oklahoma State
14) Washington State
16) Central Florida
17) South Florida
18) NC State
19) Notre Dame
22) Michigan State
24) Iowa State
What a weekend of college football. Down goes Clemson! Down goes Washington! Down Goes Washington State- Three top 10 teams were defeated this week including two on Friday night. Of the 3, Washington State looked by far and away the worst in a blowout loss to California. That's why the Cougars fell the farthest in the polls. I only had Clemson drop five spots to number 7. I truly believe this Syracuse team is much better than what they have been given credit for. Don't be surprised if the Orange get votes in the AP Poll next week.
Which means what for Mid Major Teams?-How has this become an overlooked story line this season? Any other year, constant upsets would open the door for a non-Power 5 team to come ahead into the discussion of a college playoff picture. The issue with teams like UCF and USF is that they do not have a marquee non-conference victory. Keep an eye on how voters move these teams up and down the poll the next few weeks.
Judgement Weekend For Some Teams-Does Miami truly deserve to be a Top 10 team? If they beat Syracuse badly then I'll reconsider. Who should be a Top 10 team: Notre Dame or USC? We will find out as both teams play each other this weekend. Does Penn State deserve to be ahead of Georgia? The team from Happy Valley can stake that claim if they beat Michigan.
Tom “Goz” Goslowski is both a Heisman Trophy voter and College Football Hall of Fame Voter. You can hear him weekdays on Levack and Goz 2-7pm on 1045 The Team ESPN Radio Albany.