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2023 College Football season Week 8 AP Poll rankings: Ohio State down Penn State, USC and UNC lose

Another week down, another week of stellar matchups in the college football world. But how did the results affect the rankings?

Week 8 saw rivalry games, upsets and everything in between which has shaken up this week’s edition of the AP Top 25 Poll.

Regardless, as we navigate towards the end of the season, the College Football Playoff picture becomes clearer.

Let’s take a look back and recap some of the highlights of CFB Week 8 before getting into the latest AP Poll.

Buckeyes take down Nittany Lions

The game of the week took place in Columbus, Ohio where two top 10 teams met, with Penn State visiting Ohio State.

This matchup was supposed to be one for the ages, but it’s safe to say results fell short of expectations. The Buckeyes wound up defeating PSU by a score of 20-12, but the final score isn’t a great indication of how lopsided this matchup truly was.

Ohio State held the Nittany Lions to just 240 yards of total offense and limited them to just a single third down conversion all game.

PSU QB Drew Allar was just 18/42 on the day, while WR Marvin Harrison Jr. provided all the needed offense on the Buckeyes side of things. He finished the day with 11 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.

Undefeated UNC falls to unranked Virginia

North Carolina entered last week undefeated with a home bout against a one-win Virginia squad on tap.

They were favored by more than three touchdowns, but were sent home wondering what went wrong after falling 31-27. The loss knocked the Tar Heels all the way down to No. 17 in this week’s AP Poll.

Heisman contender QB Drake Maye put up a healthy amount of yards - 347 plus two touchdowns - in this contest, but he completed only 50% of his passes.

The real story in this one is UNC's defense, or lack thereof. The Cavaliers ran all over them throughout the game to eventually total 228 yards on the ground.

They also dominated the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 37:06 to North Carolina’s 22:54.

Duke, Tennessee, USC now on the outside looking in

Any hope of reaching the CFP this season was all but shut down after Saturday’s contests for the likes of Duke, Tennessee and USC. Now all ranked 20th or lower, each club sports two losses on the season.

It was going to be a tough battle for the Blue Devils to begin with heading into Florida State to take on the fourth-ranked Seminoles.

A banged-up QB in Riley Leonard did indeed play, but certainly wasn’t himself (7/16 for 69 yards and an interception). The FSU offense continued to roll, amassing 420 total yards in a 38-20 victory.

The same can be said about the Volunteers, as they had to head to Tuscaloosa to battle the Crimson Tide.

UT was actually leading this game by six at halftime, before being outscored 27-0 in the second half.

Tennessee QB Joe Milton still put up some impressive numbers regardless, throwing for 271 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, while adding another 59 yards rushing.

The Trojans, on the other hand, welcomed in a feisty Utah squad and were unable to come out on top.

It was a fantastic game to watch, but QB Caleb Williams will want to forget about it as soon as possible (256 yards, no touchdowns).

USC was in position to win before allowing a late drive and last-second, game-winning field goal by the Utes.

AP Top 25 Rankings

1Georgia7-01536 (38)
2Michigan8-01504 (19)
3Ohio State7-01454 (3)
4Florida State7-01408 (3)
10Penn State6-1999
11Oregon State6-1922
12Ole Miss6-1889
14Notre Dame6-2718
17North Carolina6-1506
19Air Force7-0395
25James Madison7-0167

Others receiving votes: Florida 34, Liberty 17, Kansas St. 16, Miami 12, Fresno St. 8, Oklahoma St. 5, Toledo 3, Kentucky 2, Rutgers 2, UNLV 1, Wisconsin 1.

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