Associated Press Top 25 College Football Rankings – Week 8 Update

Every Sunday Associated Press (AP) sportswriters vote on who they think are the top 25 college football teams in the country.  This post visualizes the most recent poll in order to understand season performance, rank movements of the current top 25 teams.

Points are given based on rank vote (for example a 1st place vote is worth 25 points and a 25th place vote is worth 1 point).  Alabama in Week 8 had the most AP votes with 1,542.  The graphic below shows the history of AP votes for each of the top 25 teams since the start of the 2016-17 season.

Notable rank movements in the poll since last week:

Michigan overtook Clemson for the 3rd spot due to Clemson’s poor play against NC State.

Biggest Risers:

West Virginia went from #20 to #12 after beating Texas Tech 48-17 and improving to 5-0 for the year.

Arkansas went from #22 to #17  after beating Ole Miss at home 34-30 and improving to 5-2 on the season.

North Carolina beat #16 Miami 20-13 in Miami and improved to 5-2 and went from non-ranked to #22.

Biggest Fallers:

Tennessee got rolled over by the Alabama Crimson Tide at home 49-10 and went from #9 to #18.

Ole Miss lost to Arkansas after being a 9 point favorite going into the game.  They fell from #12 to #23.

Data Source:

http://www.espn.com/college-football/rankings/_/seasontype/2/year/2016/week/8

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