Week 8 AP Top 25: What’s right and wrong

No. 1 Clemson continues to look dominate while No. 2 Alabama comes out on top of Georgia to move them down in rankings

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The No. 13 Oregon Ducks are the top Pac-12 team in week eight’s rankings.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen columnist

The AP Poll released its top 25 rankings for week eight of the college football season. The SEC is looking a little inconsistent when it comes to dominant teams in the top 25 or just dominant teams in general. No. 3 Notre Dame struggled to beat an unranked Louisville, and No. 14 North Carolina fell victim to an upset in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday.

Even with three games being postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks, we still saw then-No. 3 Georgia face No. 2 Alabama in what looks like the potential SEC Championship this year.

In the ACC, No. 1 Clemson proved why they are the best team in the country right now after they beat Georgia Tech on the road in an embarrassing fashion for the Yellow Jackets.

After an interesting week of college football, here is what is right and what is wrong with the AP Poll for week eight.

What is right with the poll:

Georgia and Alabama still being in the top four after a back-and-forth game proves that the SEC will potentially get more than one team in the CFP. Even though Alabama won the game by 17, Georgia still looked great in the first half, going up 24-20. I knew that the poll would not punish the loser of this game badly, being that these two teams were ranked right next to each other this previous week.

No. 12 BYU (5-0) is slowly climbing the rankings as one of three teams with five wins in the top 25. Even though BYU is not in a conference, the Cougars are looking really impressive and could end up being in a New Year’s Six bowl game. Their schedule has been fair easy, but with quarterback Zach Wilson looking like a Heisman candidate, keep your eye on BYU.

UNC deserved to fall nine spots after their embarrassing game against Florida State. The Tar Heels were down 31-7 at the half, and their offense looked pathetic. Quarterback Sam Howell didn’t look like himself, and Florida State would capitalize by driving down the field quickly to score. Even though UNC almost completed a comeback, losing to the Seminoles really hurt their chance at an ACC Championship.

Auburn and Tennessee also fell out of the rankings, and deservingly so, after their horrible performances. The Tigers lost to South Carolina, and they were having connection problems all game. Quarterback Bo Nix had problems with his wide receivers and his offensive coordinator, causing them to struggle on offense.

The Volunteers just looked stagnant on offense, throwing multiple pick-six interceptions to Kentucky throughout the game, and only mustering up seven points.

What is wrong with the poll:

No. 3 Notre Dame does not deserve to be in the top four. Why are the Fighting Irish a top team all of a sudden? They barely beat Louisville at home and have had no hard competition yet, and now they’re in the top four? Notre Dame doesn’t have the easiest schedule coming up, so I think they’ll be exposed as pretenders in terms of the CFP, and be kicked out of the top four.

The Texas A&M Aggies don’t seem like a top 10 team. They looked OK against an unranked Mississippi State on the road, but not good enough to be a top-seven team. The Aggies’ schedule is in their favor for the rest of the year, so they have a chance to prove themselves. But it is Texas A&M who usually finishes either right inside the top 25 or right outside.

Notable matchups for the week:

No. 23 NC State plays No. 14 UNC at 9 a.m. Saturday on ESPN

No. 25 Coastal Carolina hosts Georgia Southern at 9 a.m. Saturday on ESPNU

No. 3 Notre Dame faces Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC

No. 17 Iowa State plays No. 6 Oklahoma State at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on FOX

Indiana hosts No. 8 Penn State at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on FS1

No. 18 Michigan faces No. 21 Minnesota at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC

No. 9 Cincinnati plays No. 16 SMU at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2