College football rankings: Oregon breaks into top 10, Penn State moves up in CBS Sports 131

After an impressive performance in one of the headlining games on the Week 8 schedule, Oregon is on the move in the updated college football rankings and has finally crashed the top 10 on the CBS Sports 131 for the first time this season.

The Ducks started the year at No. 14 in our comprehensive ranking of all FBS teams, but a lopsided loss to Georgia in the season opener saw them drop to No. 30. The ranking has slowly improved, although our voters have lagged behind traditional polls when it comes to identifying the Ducks as one of the top 10 teams in the country.

But after improving to 6-1 with a 45-30 win over previously undefeated UCLA, there’s no hesitation about where Oregon sits at the top of the sport compared to its competitors. The Ducks finished 8th in the top 10 in our new ranking, just behind undefeated TCU and higher than all one-loss teams except Alabama.

The entire top 7 stayed in place from last week, with Ohio State holding on to No. 1, while No. 2 Georgia was bye and No. 3 Tennessee played FCS UT Martin. Michigan, our No. 4 team, was also idle while Clemson needed a comeback in the second half to maintain his undefeated status — and his 38-game win streak at home — against Syracuse. While there wasn’t much movement at the top of the rankings, there was a lot of shuffling outside of the top 10.

Penn State, like Oregon, moved up four spots as the Nittany Lions moved up to 13th in their primetime win over Minnesota, and LSU moved up six spots from 24th to 18th-ranked Ole Miss after the win. The Rebels, as you might expect, are moving in the opposite direction after conceding their first loss of the season, falling from 8th to 14th. This wasn’t the most dramatic change in the rankings, but it’s still notable; Our voters now have seven one-loss teams ahead of Ole Miss following the Team of the Year’s first loss.

For more information on the most notable and dramatic week-to-week adjustments, see the Mover’s Report under the top 25 chart.

College football pundits from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week that are averaged for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on our rankings page.

1 State of Ohio 7-0 1
2 Georgia 7-0 2
3 Tennessee 7-0 3
4 Michigan 7-0 4
5 Clemson 8-0 5
6 Alabama 7-1 6
7 TCU 7-0 7
8th Oregon 6-1 12
9 State of Oklahoma 6-1 10
10 U.S.C 6-1 11
11 guard forest 6-1 14
12 UCLA 6-1 9
13 Pennsylvania 6-1 17
14 Ole Fraulein 7-1 8th
fifteen Utah 5-2 16
16 Syracuse 6-1 13
17 Illinois 6-1 18
18 LSU 6-2 24
19 cincinnati 6-1 20
20 State of Kansas 5-2 fifteen
21 North Carolina 6-1 21
22 Tulane 7-1 27
23 Kentucky 5-2 22
24 Texas 5-3 19
25 NC state 5-2 30

Biggest Mover

  • No. 48 East Carolina (+17): Now 5-3 with back-to-back wins over Memphis and UCF, the Pirates have risen from the bottom half of the CBS Sports 131 to the top 50 in just two weeks.
  • No. 45 Troy (+12): The Trojans improved to 6-2 overall after defeating South Alabama in the Battle for the Belt. More importantly, they gave themselves an inside lead to win the West and contend for a Sun Belt championship at the end of the year.
  • No. 26 South Carolina (+11): In two weeks, the Gamecocks have racked up 22 points of upward momentum on the CBS Sports 131, and Saturday night’s win over Texas A&M was the last stretch it took Shane Beamer’s roster to finish in the top 30.
  • #58 BYU (-13): BYU was among the top teams in our ranking earlier this season as they once held a 4-1 record that included a win over Baylor and the only loss Oregon conceded on the road. But it was the last two losses — a 17-point loss at home to Arkansas and a 27-point loss at Liberty — that saw the Cougars, now 4-4, down 26 places in two weeks and drop out of the top 50 are.
  • #73 Miami (-12): That’s an amazing finish for a program like Miami — a team that was set to compete with Mario Cristobal for the ACC Coastal in its first year. But a 24-point home loss to Duke is also a surprise result that will elicit a dramatic reaction from voters.
  • No. 60 Texas A&M (-16): A six-point away loss to South Carolina has put the Aggies closer to the FBS median than anyone would have expected given the talent on the list and expectations for the year. Instead of the SEC West title shot, the focus is on winning three of the last five games to gain bowl eligibility.

Check out the rest of the CBS Sports 131: teams ranked 26-131


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