With Georgia on a bye week, the highest spot was by no means in query in Week 8 however a number of different groups within the prime 5 obtained pushed to the restrict by over 20-point underdogs.
Cincinnati headed to Annapolis to face a 1-5 — and four-score underdog — Navy staff however the Midshipmen got here to play in opposition to the Bearcats. Navy trailed by solely three at half earlier than Cincinnati gained the third quarter 14-0 to take management of the sport. It wasn’t over simply but although because the Midshipmen scored 10 straight factors within the fourth quarter and even recovered an onside kick late down 27-20. The Bearcats intercepted a cross, nonetheless, to maintain their undefeated season and playoff hopes alive. Regardless of the shut name, Cincinnati is a unanimous choice this week.
Oklahoma was additionally examined by a 1-5 opponent on Saturday however the Sooners did not want a dramatic interception to remain undefeated — simply an explosive second half. After trailing at half 10-0 in opposition to Kansas, the Oklahoma offense discovered its footing and outscored the Jayhawks 35-13 over the ultimate two quarters to keep away from the upset. As one of many few undefeated groups left within the nation, the Sooners are a favourite to make the CFP subject in the mean time however not a well-liked decide this week after the shut name in opposition to the Jayhawks.
Alabama additionally had its fingers full with Tennessee in Tuscaloosa, main solely 21-14 at half. However the Crimson Tide dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Volunteers 28-7, to keep away from a second SEC loss. Nick Saban’s squad is current on 13 ballots this week.
Ohio State has bounced again from a Week 2 loss to Oregon properly with 5 straight wins, together with an 54-7 rout of Indiana Saturday night time. The win streak has the Buckeyes on 9 ballots forward of an enormous recreation in opposition to Penn State subsequent Saturday.
Michigan prevented any likelihood of an upset in a 33-7 win over Northwestern. The Wolverines maintain gaining playoff momentum and obtained fives votes this week. They will face their bitter rival, undefeated Michigan State, subsequent Saturday in a battle for the lead of the Huge Ten.
Andrea Adelson: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Michigan
Kyle Bonagura: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Michigan
Invoice Connelly: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Michigan, 4. Ohio State
Heather Dinich: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. Cincinnati
David M. Hale: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Ohio State, 4. Alabama
Chris Low: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Ohio State
Harry Lyles Jr.: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Ohio State
Ryan McGee: 1.Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Michigan, 4. Alabama
Adam Rittenberg: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Michigan
Alex Scarborough: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. Cincinnati
Mark Schlabach: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Ohio State
Paolo Uggetti: 1. Georgia, 2. Ohio State, 3. Alabama, 4. Cincinnati
Tom VanHaaren: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Ohio State, 4. Alabama
Dave Wilson: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Oklahoma