College Football Rankings for Week 8: Brett McMurphy’s AP Top 25 Poll Ballot vs. Our Betting Power Ratings

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Georgia remains the clear-cut No. 1 team on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot this week.

After that? It’s not as simple. My ballot this week has Alabama at No. 2 followed by Oklahoma, Cincinnati and Michigan. The remainder of my top 10: No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Iowa, No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Ohio State.

There are only 11 remaining unbeatens this year, and all of them are on my Top 25 ballot this week (hello UTSA).

Once again, Action Network senior writer Collin Wilson’s updated college football betting power ratings agree with me that Georgia is the nation’s No. 1 team. We agree on No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Oklahoma as well. But not much else.

His power ratings apparently do not put as much emphasis on wins and losses as my rankings.

Here’s my updated AP ballot compared with Wilson’s current power ratings entering Week 8 of the college football season.

Updated 2021 College Football Betting Power Ratings

Brett McMurphy’s AP Top 25 Ballot Entering Week 8

AP denotes Brett McMurphy’s Associated Press Top 25 ballot.
PR denotes Collin Wilson’s College Football Betting Power Ratings.


1

AP

Georgia

1

PR

2

AP

Alabama

2

PR

3

AP

Oklahoma

3

PR

4

AP

Cincinnati

6

PR

5

AP

Michigan

11

PR

6

AP

Oklahoma State

22

PR

7

AP

Iowa

16

PR

8

AP

Penn State

5

PR

9

AP

Oregon

25

PR

10

AP

Ohio State

4

PR

My top 10 features six of Collin’s top-10 rated teams. We agree on the nation’s top three teams — Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma.

Collin has one-loss Ohio State No. 4, but I have the Buckeyes at No. 10 behind Oregon, which won in Columbus last month. I also have undefeated Michigan and Oklahoma State in my top six, while Collin rates the Wolverines at No. 11 and the Cowboys at No. 22.


11

AP

Michigan State

32

PR

12

AP

Kentucky

23

PR

13

AP

Notre Dame

18

PR

14

AP

NC State

20

PR

15

AP

Ole Miss

15

PR

16

AP

Coastal Carolina

17

PR

17

AP

SMU

35

PR

18

AP

Wake Forest

40

PR

19

AP

Texas A&M

8

PR

20

AP

San Diego State

70

PR

Collin and I are fairly close on three teams between Nos. 11 and 20.

I have Notre Dame No. 13, five spots higher than Collin, Coastal Carolina No. 16, one spot higher than Collin and we agree on Ole Miss at No. 15. The biggest discrepancy is San Diego State. I have the unbeaten Aztecs at No. 20, while Collin has the Aztecs rated No. 70.

A couple of other big differences between Collin and I are: Michigan State (my ranking No. 11, Collin No. 32), SMU (my ranking No. 17, Collin No. 35) and Wake Forest (my ranking No. 18, Collin No. 40).


21

AP

Auburn

9

PR

22

AP

Purdue

52

PR

23

AP

Pitt

12

PR

24

AP

UTSA

68

PR

25

AP

Baylor

38

PR

The final five teams on my ballot are nowhere near Collin’s ratings. And Collin has seven teams in the top-25 of his power ratings that I don’t have in my Top 25.

Most notably, Collin has 4-3 Florida rated as the nation’s seventh-best team. I didn’t rank the Gators.

Here is the complete list of teams Collin has in his top 25 power ratings that didn’t make my AP Top 25 ballot: No. 7 Florida, No. 10 Iowa State, No. 13 Utah, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 19 Texas, No. 21 Arkansas and No. 24 North Carolina.


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