AP Top 25 College Football Rankings 2021: Week 8 AP Poll

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The 2021 college football season rolled on this weekend, and the Associated Press is giving us a look at how the competition stacks up. This weekend, the Week 8 AP Top 25 poll was officially released. After another upset in the top five, there were a number of shakeups in this week’s rankings.

This week, the Georgia Bulldogs hang on to the top spot, while the Cincinnati Bearcats jump to No. 2. The Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Ohio State Buckeyes round out the top five.

Purdue found its way into the top 25 after the stunning upset of Iowa, while the UTSA Roadrunners are ranked for the first time in the program’s history.

Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming season in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?

The Week 8 AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.

  1. Georgia (63)
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Alabama
  5. Ohio State
  6. Michigan
  7. Penn State
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Michigan State
  10. Oregon
  11. Iowa
  12. Ole Miss
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Coastal Carolina
  15. Kentucky
  16. Wake Forest
  17. Texas A&M
  18. North Carolina State
  19. Auburn
  20. Baylor
  21. SMU
  22. San Diego State
  23. Pittsburgh
  24. UTSA
  25. Purdue

Others receiving votes: Clemson 64, Utah 43, Arkansas 29, Brigham Young 21, Air Force 19, Iowa State 14, Louisiana-Lafayette 13, Arizona State 7, Florida 7, Texas 5, UCLA 4, Houston 2, LSU 2, Virginia 1

The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.

Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.

The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.

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