Following a hectic college football Saturday, Tennessee moved up to No. 3 in the Week 8 Associated Press poll in one of the biggest changes.
In one of six matches against ranked opponents, the Volunteers defeated Alabama. Almost all of the matches lived up to the expectation with exciting back-and-forth clashes.
After a straightforward victory over Vanderbilt, Georgia kept the top spot, but the rest of the Top 25 saw a lot of change.
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- Ohio State
- Ole Miss
- Oklahoma State
- Wake Forest
- Penn State
- Kansas City
- North Carolina
- North Carolina State
- Mississippi State
Since 2006, Tennessee hadn’t defeated Alabama, but the Volunteers pulled off the surprise victory with a game-winning field goal with seconds remaining.
The Tennessee offense put on an incredible performance in the victory, scoring five touchdowns on passes from quarterback Hendon Hooker to receiver Jalin Hyatt, including a 78-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter:
In the last 15 seconds of regulation, Hooker also advanced the Vols into field goal range, perhaps setting up a Heisman moment.
Only two weeks ago, Alabama was rated first; as of the most recent poll, it is currently placed sixth.
Following their most stunning victory of the year, a 41-17 victory against Penn State, Michigan is currently ranked fourth in the nation. Penn State gained an advantage at the half thanks to a pick-six, and at the start of the third quarter, the team was up 17-16.
From from point on, though, it was all Michigan, as the Wolverines scored 25 unanswered points to close out the game and improve to 7-0, delivering Penn State their first loss of the year.
With their 43-40 win over Oklahoma State after double overtime and a walk-off touchdown by Kendre Miller, TCU remained unbeaten:
In the fourth quarter, the Horned Frogs were down by two touchdowns, but they battled their way back to victory at home, and as a result, they have moved up to the No. 8 position in the most recent poll.
There was additional excitement in the Pac-12, as Utah’s victory over USC by a score of 43-42 was decided by a two-point conversion made by the Utes in the final minute of the game:
Despite the fact that Caleb Williams threw five passing touchdowns for USC, the Trojans were unable to pull off the win and went from No. 7 to No. 12 after suffering their first loss of the season.
Ole Miss and Syracuse continued their climb after stunning victories on Saturday, but Syracuse will have a particularly difficult test the following week when they travel to take on Clemson.
Those who dropped out of the top 25 include James Madison University and the state of Kansas.