College Football Power Rankings: LSU, Wisconsin, Stanford and More

The power rankings are a little different this week, and you'll begin to notice more and more subtle shifts as we head into the late stages of the season. Going into Week 8, Oklahoma State and Stanford swapped places, Michigan fell out of the top 10, and Arkansas jumped in.

1 – LSU Tigers (7-0) : LSU got their sixth straight victory over a SEC East opponent for the Tigers and their seventh consecutive win by a double-digit margin after defeating Tennessee 38-7 in Knoxville last week. QB Jarrett Lee and the offense got off to a slow start, ending the first quarter scoreless, but scored on the first play in the second and never slowed down. Tauren Poole ran 2 yards into the end zone with around 2-1/2 minutes left in the half, it was the only points the Vols put on the board all day. The Tigers defense allowed 239 total yards, 111 yards on the ground and grabbed two picks from QB Matt Simms, starting in place of the injured Tyler Bray. Auburn will enter Death Valley Saturday, hoping to hand the number one team in the country their first loss. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 1; Next Game: 10/22 vs. Auburn

2.5 – Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0): I’m not sure Alabama isn’t the best team in the country. The good news is that on November 5 we’ll find out if they’re better than the team most of us think deserves the top spot. Wish we could cast doubt aside completely. Oh well. Trent Richardson is phenomenal. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 2; Next Game: 10/15 @ Ole Miss

2.5- Oklahoma Sooners (6-0) : We’ll learn a lot about the Sooners in the second half of the season. I expect them to be undefeated for the Bedlam Game, but they’ll face stiffer competition than they did in the first half of the season. Texas Tech can put points on the board, Kansas State is playing very well, Texas A&M is back to the top 20 after self-destructing two weeks in a row, and Baylor can really move it, too. Then there’s the Cowboys. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 3; Next Game: 10/22 vs. Texas Tech

4 – Wisconsin Badgers (6-0): “All Russell Wilson Everything” entered a new chapter in the amazing story last week when the Heisman and Maxwell hopeful caught a 25 yard pass from RB Montee Ball for the third of eight Badger touchdowns against Indiana. In his regular role, Ball was rushed for 142 yards and three scores, while James White added 87 yards and a score. Wilson, who was rested in the fourth quarter, ended his day 12-of-17 with 166 yards and a touchdown with 42 yards rushing. As sensational as the offense was, the defense held its own with two interceptions and two forced fumbles, recovering one in the end zone in the fourth quarter for the 59-7 victory. This week, Wisconsin heads to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in a highly anticipated match up. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 4; Next Game: 10/22 @ Michigan State

5 – Boise State Broncos (6-0): A potential move the Big East won’t solve anything. They would get the automatic BCS bid, sure, but the BCS lives and that’s never going to be a good thing for teams like the Broncos, or for anybody who respects the game. In the meantime, Boise State keeps lining ‘em up and knocking ‘em down. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 5; Next Game: 10/22 vs. Air Force

6 – Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0): The Longhorns gave the Cowboys a run for their money when they pulled to within four in the third quarter. But they’re first in the BCS computer rankings and fourth in the BCS rankings overall. We saw the fourth spot coming, but did anybody expect a first overall ranking by the computers? – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 6; Next Game: 10/22 @ Missouri

7 – Stanford Cardinal (6-0): The Cardinal had 475 total yards of offense last week against Washington State while holding the Cougars to 257. Heisman favorite Andrew Luck’s first pass of the day resulted in his third interception on the year, after that it was smooth sailing for Stanford. Luck finished his day completing 23-of-36 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns and the early interception.  Stanford will play host to a 5-1 #22 Washington this Saturday, who are ranked for the first time since after they upset USC in 2009. - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 7; Next Game: 10/22 vs. Washington

8- Oregon Ducks (5-1): The Ducks must deal with the loss of LMJ for what could be a few weeks. They pulled away from Cal in the second half, but now must face an Arizona State team that’s done a good job rebounding since the loss to Illinois earlier in the year. It’ll be a great test to get an idea where this team is without James. Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas are more-than-capable backups – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 9; Next Game: 10/22 @ Colorado

9- Clemson Tigers (7-0): Last Saturday, Clemson was down 35-17 to Maryland in the third quarter before QB Tajh Boyd, led the Tigers back to a 56-45 victory. Boyd, who went 26-of-38 for 270 yards and four touchdowns with an interception, connected with freshman WR sensation Sammy Watkins for 105 yards and two scores. Andre Ellington rushed for a career-high 211 yards and two touchdowns. The defense, however, gave up 468 total yards and couldn’t contain sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown, who ran for 162 yards and a touchdown and threw three touchdowns in his first college start. The Tigers will host North Carolina this week as they look to keep their undefeated season alive. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 8; Next Game: 10/22 vs. North Carolina

10 – Arkansas Razorbacks (5-1): Don’t forget about the Razorbacks. Odds are they won’t play in the SEC Championship Game, but if LSU beats Alabama on November 5 and the Razorbacks pull a stunner and beat the Tigers the day after Thanksgiving… – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 10; Next Game: 10/22 @ Ole Miss

Danny Hobrock is our College Football Editor. Danny's writing on College Pigskin has garnered national attention and has been critically acclaimed. You may email Danny directly @ danny.hobrock@rotoexperts.com or follow him on Twitter @DannyHobrock


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