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Week 8 turned out to be Survival Saturday for much of the top 10.

Washington escaped Arizona State thanks to a raised flag and a late pick six. Oklahoma escaped UCF by stopping a late two-point conversion. Texas escaped Houston with a fourth stop. Florida State came back to beat Duke, a game that changed when Duke quarterback Riley Leonard was injured again.

As a result, there’s a shakeup in this week’s Athletic 133 and a new No. 1: Ohio State. The Buckeyes beat Penn State 20-12, holding the Nittany Lions to a 1-for-16 performance on third down. That gives Ohio State two wins over the current top 15 teams, enough to catapult the Buckeyes to No. 1 this week.

Does this mean Ohio State will beat Michigan? I don’t know. The Wolverines have won the last two against Ohio State and have been a liability against weak competition this year. They look very, very good again. Breakouts from other top-10 teams do help Michigan, which has had no such problems. But as I go on to explain each week, I can’t put a team whose best current win is Rutgers much higher yet. Once Michigan plays Penn State on Nov. 11, that will change. In fact, I have Michigan in my CFP predictions. But these rankings are not predictions. They are an attempt to evaluate what you have done. The margin of victory matters, but it matters more who you played against.

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Here you have this week’s Athletic 133.

1-10

Georgia remains ranked No. 2 while inactive. Florida State moves up to third place thanks to its victory as Washington/Oklahoma barely scrapes by. Michigan tops Texas after the Longhorns barely left Houston. Oregon and Oregon State rank in the top 10. The Ducks beat Washington State 38-24, while Oregon State was inactive. The Beavers handed Utah its only loss early in the season.

11-25

Range Equipment Record Former

eleven

6-1

sixteen

12

6-1

8

13

6-1

17

14

6-1

13

fifteen

6-2

14

sixteen

6-2

19

17

7-1

twenty

18

6-1

10

19

5-2

fifteen

twenty

7-0

twenty-one

twenty-one

6-1

23

22

7-0

24

23

5-2

25

24

6-2

18

25

5-2

26

Utah jumps to 11th place after beating USC. Both Penn State and North Carolina fell out of the top 10 after suffering losses. The Nittany Lions drop to 13th because they lack notable wins, but the Tar Heels drop to 18th after losing to a 1-5 Virginia team at home. Duke was in a battle with Florida State until quarterback Riley Leonard re-injured his right ankle, an unfortunate turn of events. The Blue Devils fall from 15th to 19th. USC remains in the top 25 after another loss to Utah, and Kentucky slides into the top 25 while inactive, thanks to its previous win against Florida.

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26-50

Iowa is the only team to fall out of the top 25, falling to No. 27. Yes, a fluke call changed what would have been a game-winning play, but it was still an ugly affair against a struggling Minnesota team. Oklahoma State has settled things with three straight wins against Kansas State, Kansas and West Virginia to jump to No. 28. Tennessee sits at No. 29 after blowing a halftime lead against Alabama. I’m still surprised the Vols are ranked in the polls given their loss to Florida and their best win against Texas A&M.

Miami’s overtime win against Clemson moves the Hurricanes up to No. 30. The Tigers drop to No. 37. TCU lost 41-3 to Kansas State and BYU beat Texas Tech, but both the Horned Frogs and Cougars remain in his position because of the explosion of BYU by TCU last week. Georgia State moves into the top 50 after reaching 6-1.

51-75

UNLV is 6-1 and is bowl eligible for the second time since 2000 after beating Colorado State to move up to No. 57. Boston College has won three straight games since a poor start to the year and is now 4 -3 overall and No. 58 in the ranking. UTSA is 3-0 since quarterback Frank Harris returned, beating FAU 36-10 to jump to No. 60. Jacksonville State jumps to No. 63 after beating Western Kentucky. Like James Madison, Jax State can only make it to a bowl game if there aren’t enough 6-6 teams.

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76-100

There is not much movement in this group. Old Dominion’s 28-21 win against Appalachian State moves the Monarchs to No. 88. FAU was defeated by UTSA and USF beat UConn, but FAU remains ahead of USF after the Owls’ win over the Bulls last week. pass. Northern Illinois has won three straight games to move to No. 91. A week after Stanford beat Colorado, the Cardinal lost 42-7 to UCLA and dropped back to No. 95. Michigan State’s 49-0 loss to Michigan drops the Spartans to 97th place.

101-133

Nevada ended its 16-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory against San Diego State, moving the Wolf Pack out of last place. The new No. 133 is Sam Houston, who is 0-7. The Bearkats were 1:11 away from beating Jacksonville State, three yards away from beating Liberty and one stop on fourth-and-18 away from beating FIU. Unfortunately, they have yet to get their first FBS victory. Elsewhere in this group, East Carolina falls to No. 126 after a 10-7 loss to Charlotte, and New Mexico State moved up to No. 108 with its third straight win.

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