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Week 8 proved to be Survival Saturday for many of the top 10 teams. Washington narrowly escaped Arizona State thanks to a controversial penalty call and a late interception returned for a touchdown. Oklahoma barely escaped UCF by stopping a late two-point conversion. Texas escaped with a win against Houston with a clutch fourth down stop. Florida State came back to defeat Duke after the Duke quarterback was injured once again.

As a result, there have been changes in this week’s Athletic 133 rankings, with Ohio State taking the top spot. Ohio State defeated Penn State and held them to a 1-for-16 performance on third downs. With two wins against current top-15 teams, the Buckeyes have earned the No. 1 ranking this week. However, it’s uncertain whether Ohio State will beat Michigan, as Michigan has won the last two matchups and has been dominant against weaker opponents this season. While Michigan is predicted to do well in the College Football Playoff, these rankings evaluate past performance rather than making predictions.

In the top 25 rankings, Georgia remains at No. 2, while Florida State moves up to No. 3 after their win and Washington/Oklahoma’s narrow escapes. Michigan jumps ahead of Texas after the Longhorns’ close game against Houston. Oregon and Oregon State enter the top 10 after their victories in Week 8.

Utah rises to No. 11 after defeating USC, while Penn State and North Carolina drop out of the top 10 following their losses. USC manages to hang on in the top 25 despite their defeat to Utah, and Kentucky enters the top 25 due to their earlier win against Florida.

Iowa drops out of the top 25 after their loss, and Oklahoma State climbs to No. 28 with three consecutive wins. Tennessee sits at No. 29, while Miami rises to No. 30 after their overtime victory against Clemson. TCU and BYU maintain their positions despite their respective losses.

UNLV becomes bowl-eligible with a win against Colorado State and moves up to No. 57. Boston College and UTSA also move up in the rankings after their recent victories. Jacksonville State jumps to No. 63 after defeating Western Kentucky, while Georgia State enters the top 50 with a 6-1 record.

Old Dominion’s win against Appalachian State moves them up to No. 88, while Northern Illinois climbs to No. 91 with their three consecutive wins. Stanford drops to No. 95 after their loss to UCLA, and Michigan State’s loss to Michigan drops them to No. 97.

Nevada ends their 16-game losing streak with a win against San Diego State, moving them out of the bottom spot. Sam Houston is now ranked last at No. 133. East Carolina drops to No. 126 after their loss to Charlotte, and New Mexico State moves up to No. 108 with their third consecutive victory.

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