Week 7 of College Football in 2016 is done, but Sports & Swag’s College Football Week 8 Power Rankings is here and ready to recap last weekend’s action. We’re now past the midway point of the season, but besides Alabama and maybe Ohio State, we’re really not seeing a lot of separation that actually shows up on the field, from teams at the top or the bottom of the Sports & Swag rankings.
Of course, the top four teams are pretty easy to identify. However, none of those teams look unbeatable. We found that out about Ohio State this past week, and we’ve seen it from Clemson off and on all season. Still, it would be an overreaction to drop either of these teams in the rankings.
So, how do the rest of the teams in our College Football Power Rankings and Stock Report stack up? Read on to find out…..
SPORTS & SWAG’S WEEK 8 POWER 16
1. ALABAMA (7-0) Next: vs 6 Texas A&M – Bama was mighty impressive at Tennessee on Saturday, but they’re far from perfect. Jalen Hurts, has been fantastic. But, he’s still not consistent throwing down field. That being said, can you imagine defending this team when Hurts’ passing does become more consistent? Aggies could be Tide’s stiffest test yet, however.
2. OHIO STATE (6-0) Next: at Penn State – Buckeyes were fortunate to survive Madison. No doubt about that. However, we all know conquering Camp Randall Stadium is no easy feat for any team, especially at night. So, Urban Meyer’s squad did all they were asked to do. Win the game. The offense, however, is more of concern now. Two weeks in a row the Buckeyes have looked less than stellar.
3. CLEMSON (7-0) Next: Bye Week – It would be fairly easy to drop Clemson, as well. Beating NC State by seven at home isn’t necessarily impressive. However, it’s very conceivable that the Tigers looked past NC State. It’s also quite possible that the Wolfpack is a little better than we all thought. Regardless of all that, DeShaun Watson and the offense just don’t look the same. Tigers are off this week to get it together, then get the Noles in Tallahassee next week.
4. MICHIGAN (6-0) Next: vs Illinois – Khaki Pants himself, and his crew were off this past weekend. And, some may make the argument they’re off again this week, even though they do play Illinois. Still not exactly sure what to make of the Wolverines. Looking more and more like we’ll have to wait until the trip to Columbus to figure this team out for sure.
5. Washington (6-0) Next: vs Oregon State – Huskies still look like PAC-12’s best, but watch out for USC.
6. Texas A&M (6-0) Next: at 1 Alabama – A&M goes to Tuscaloosa rested. Can the Aggies pull it off?
7. Louisville (5-1) Next: vs NC State – Cardinals look to rebound after so-so performance vs Duke.
8. Nebraska (6-0) Next: vs Purdue – We’ll learn more about the Huskers in two weeks at Wisconsin.
9. Wisconsin (4-2) Next: at Iowa – Badgers two losses by combined 14 points, to top 4 teams. Badgers look like top-10 team to me right now.
10. Baylor (6-0) Next: at Texas – Schedule gets tougher from here on out for Bears
11. Houston (6-1)
12. West Virginia (6-0)
13. Florida (5-1)
14. Florida State (4-2)
15. Boise State (6-0)
16. Oklahoma (4-2)
Saying Hello: West Virginia, Oklahoma
Saying Goodbye for now: Tennessee, Ole Miss
STOCK UP ⤴️: WEST VIRGINIA
Dana Holgorsen, has had his ups and downs in Morgantown, but this is a season the Mountaineers definitely seem to be on the upswing. WVU has been good enough offensively, averaging only 27 points per game, but their defense has been the story thus far. Giving up only 17 points to Patrick Mahomes and Texas Tech is a testament to that. In fact, one Red Raiders’ TD came on a busted coverage in the secondary.
The 48 points vs Texas Tech is a step in the right direction for starting QB, Skyler Howard and the Mountaineers offense. But, they’ll need to step it up some as the schedule gets tougher in coming weeks. Holgorsen, is known for his dynamic offenses. This one isn’t quite there, but the talent definitely is. Ka’Raun White, brother of former WVU star wide receiver Kevin White, looks to have all the tools to be a star. Right now, West Virginia is better on the ground than through the air.
One thing’s for sure. It’s more than refreshing to see at least one team play some defense in the Big 12. A team that plays D in that league can definitely win it. Who woulda thunk that team would be West Virginia before the season?
Stock also ⤴️ Up: Auburn – The Tigers have been rolling ever since Gus Malzahn turned play-calling duties over to offensive coordinator, Rhett Lashlee. Big test from Arkansas looms this Saturday.
STOCK DOWN ⬇ : OLE MISS
The Rebels are the only SEC West school not to make it to the SEC Championship Game since it’s inception in 1992. Not very likely that’s going to change this season either. Head coach, Hugh Freeze, has done an excellent job at recruiting in Oxford, and they’ve been very successful on the field also. However, besides beating Bama twice, the Rebels have faltered in other big games.
Blowing huge leads to Bama and FSU are tough but understandable. Losing to Arkansas three years in a row isn’t. That’s to take nothing away from the Razorbacks, who are a good club. But, Ole Miss is supposed to be more talented and more ready for primetime than the Hogs. So far, we can’t tell it.
Stock also ⬇ : Notre Dame
The Irish have big time issues. Their stock has been plummeting all season and should have been sold a long time ago. Head coach, Brian Kelly, is a big reason why. He’s too busy blaming everyone else but himself to realize it.
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