College Football Power Rankings - Week 8

Originally Published: October 22, 2012
By ESPN.com staff

In the Week 8 Power Rankings, West Virginia dropped out of the top 25 while Penn State appears at No. 24.

Here are the complete rankings for this week.

1. Alabama (7-0)

For the first time in its history, Alabama has scored at least 33 points in seven consecutive games. AJ McCarron led the Tide in a 44-13 win over Tennessee, passing for a career-high 306 yards and 4 TDs.

2. Oregon (7-0)

Many adjectives could have been used to describe Oregon's win over Arizona State. Merciful might be the best one. The Ducks pumped the brakes after halftime in a 43-21 rout in Tempe.

3. Florida (7-0)

The Gators have overpowered teams in the second half of games this season. That strength wasn't needed against South Carolina as Florida flexed early and the Gamecocks offered little resistance in a 44-11 win.

4. Kansas State (7-0)

It was a virtuoso performance from Collin Klein in a 55-14 win at West Virginia: 19-of-21 passing for 323 yards and 3 TDs to go along with 4 TDs rushing. Only Wisconsin's Montee Ball has rushed for more TDs during the past two seasons.

5. Notre Dame (7-0)

Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood combined for 257 yards rushing as Notre Dame managed a 17-14 win over BYU with Everett Golson watching from the sideline. Brian Kelly expects the sophomore QB to start against Saturday against Oklahoma.

6. LSU (7-1)

Two weeks removed from a humbling loss at Florida, LSU finds itself back in control of its destiny in the SEC. After consecutive wins over South Carolina and Texas A&M, the Tigers head into their bye week to prepare for Alabama on Nov. 3.

7. Oregon State (6-0)

Two teams boast two receivers averaging over 100 yards per game. West Virginia is one; Oregon State's Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton form the second duo, and they've done it with two QBs. Backup Cody Vaz led OSU to two wins filling in for Sean Mannion.

8. Oklahoma (5-1)

Oklahoma handed Kansas its 16th straight Big 12 loss, as Landry Jones passed for 291 yards and 3 TDs. The Sooners have scored 156 points in their past three games and host the nation's second-ranked scoring defense in Notre Dame on Saturday.

9. Ohio State (8-0)

The euphoria caused by Ohio State's improbable comeback win against Purdue in OT was tempered by Braxton Miller's injury. The sophomore QB was taken to the hospital to be treated for an apparent head injury; the extent of his injury is unclear.

10. USC (6-1)

Two records were broken during USC's 50-6 win over Colorado. Matt Barkley surpassed Matt Leinart as the Pac-12's all-time leader in passing TDs (102) and Robert Woods eclipsed Dwayne Jarrett's USC record for career receptions (220).

11. Florida State (7-1)

Florida State's self-inflicted wounds (fumbles and penalties) almost proved fatal against Miami, but the Seminoles broke through in the fourth quarter to beat the Hurricanes 33-20. FSU hosts surprise ACC title contender Duke on Saturday.

12. Mississippi State (7-0)

It's set up to be a potentially historic stretch for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs visit Alabama on Saturday, host Texas A&M Nov. 3 and visit LSU on Nov. 10. Either way, Starkville will have something to say about the SEC and BCS title race.

13. Georgia (6-1)

Aaron Murray surpassed David Greene to become Georgia's career leader in TD passes (75) as the Bulldogs managed to slip past Kentucky 29-24 in a game that was more difficult than they may have hoped.

14. Clemson (6-1)

It was as impressive a defensive performance as Clemson has turned in for some time, as the Tigers forced four turnovers to propel them to a 38-17 win over Virginia Tech. They visit Wake Forest on Thursday night.

15. Texas Tech (6-1)

Last season, Texas Tech followed up its marquee win (at No. 3 Oklahoma) with five consecutive losses to end the season. The Red Raiders followed up last week's win over then-No. 5 WVU with a 56-53 win over TCU in 3 OTs. A visit to Kansas State is next.

16. Louisville (7-0)

USF, looking for just its second Big East win in 10 tries, was close to spoiling Louisville's perfect season. But Teddy Bridgewater led an eight-play, 75-yard TD drive to push the Cardinals past the Bulls 27-25.

17. Rutgers (7-0)

Rutgers' defense nearly allowed its season average in points in the first half against Temple. The Scarlet Knights buttoned up in the second half and QB Gary Nova and Co. did the rest in a 35-10 comeback win.

18. South Carolina (6-2)

It started badly and it only got worse for South Carolina in the Swamp. The Gamecocks couldn't muster much fight in the face of Florida's might as they dropped their second straight game, a 44-11 loss.

19. Stanford (5-2)

The 115th edition of The Game was a decidedly one-sided affair. Stanford allowed only three rushing yards in a 21-3 win over Cal. The Cardinal host Washington State on Saturday.

20. Michigan (5-2)

Saturday was a milestone win for Michigan. Not only did the Wolverines collect their 900th all-time victory, but they ended an ignominious streak as well. Their 12-10 win over Michigan State ended a four-game Spartans streak for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

21. Texas A&M (5-2)

Texas A&M started brightly but turnovers and an LSU defense that grew stronger as the game went on proved to be the Aggies' undoing in a 24-19 loss. A visit to Auburn is next.

22. Boise State (6-1)

Boise State has won six in a row since losing its season opener at Michigan State. Senior RB D.J. Harper has five touchdowns in his past three games. The Broncos visit Wyoming Saturday.

23. Ohio (7-0)

The "other" unbeaten Ohio school was off Week 8. The Bobcats are one of four teams still unbeaten in MAC play (Kent State, Northern Illinois, Toledo). They visit Miami (Ohio) Saturday.

24. Penn State (5-2)

After dismantling Iowa on the road in a 38-14 win, Penn State has now won five in a row. If not for NCAA sanctions levied against both teams, Saturday's visit from Ohio State might have decided which represented the Big Ten Leaders in Indianapolis.

25. Wisconsin (6-2)

Paul Bunyan's Axe has been in Madison since 2003, and it will stay there after Wisconsin's 38-16 win over Minnesota. The Badgers' nine-game winning streak is the longest in the history of the series, dating back to 1890.

Also receiving votes: West Virginia (20), Nebraska (16), Louisiana Tech (15), Toledo (10), Oklahoma State (6), UCLA (4), Duke (3), North Carolina State (1), TCU (1), Utah State (1)