What CFP rankings would look like after Week 8 of college football

It was a relatively quiet week of college football with many teams taking the week off to prepare for the second half of the season.

That’s not to say there was no excitement in Week 8. We saw Ohio State, Tennessee and Alabama roll to victories.

Clemson used a big fourth quarter to beat Syracuse in a ranked battle while LSU derailed Ole Miss’ quest for an SEC West title.

In the Big 12, TCU beat Kansas State and Oklahoma State topped Texas. Oregon continues to impress after its season-opening loss to Georgia. The Ducks beat UCLA 45-30 in a top-ten matchup.

Though the first round of College Football Playoff rankings are not released until Nov. 1, I tried to think like a member of the committee and projected what the they would look like if released today.

Finding its way into the rankings are Tulane and Liberty, which both sit at 7-1. Tulane has a big win over Kansas State on its record. Liberty just beat BYU 41-17 and its only loss came by one in a thriller vs. Wake Forest on the road.

The rankings, plus national championship odds (courtesy of BetMGM)…

25. Tulane Green Wave (7-1) Week 8: Beat Memphis 38-28 National championship odds: +100,000

24. Kansas State Wildcats (5-2) Week 8: Lost to TCU 38-28 National championship odds: +50,000

23. NC State Wolfpack (5-2) Week 8: Bye National championship odds: +50,000

22. Liberty Flames (7-1) Week 8: Beat BYU 41-14 National championship odds: +100,000

21. Kentucky Wildcats (5-2) Week 8: Bye National championship odds: +50,000

20. Utah Utes (5-2) Week 8: Bye National championship odds: +25,000

19. Cincinnati Bearcats (6-1) Week 8: Beat SMU 29-27 National championship odds: +50,000

18, North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1) Week 8: Bye National championship odds: +15,000

17. LSU Tigers (6-2) Week 8: Beat Ole Miss 45-20 National championship odds: +50,000

16. Illinois Fighting Illini (6-1) Week 8: Bye National championship odds: +50,000

15. Syracuse Orange (6-1) Week 8: Lost to Clemson 27-21 National championship odds: +50,000

14. UCLA Bruins (6-1) Week 8: Lost to Oregon 45-30 National championship odds: +25,000

13. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) Week 8: Beat Minnesota 45-17 National championship odds: +20,000

12. USC Trojans (6-1) Week 8: Bye National championship odds: +6,600

11. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1) Week 8: Beat Texas 41-34 National championship odds: +8,000

10. Ole Miss Rebels (6-1) Week 8: Lost to LSU 54-20 National championship odds: +20,000

9. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-1) Week 8: Beat Boston College 43-15 National championship odds: +20,000

8. Oregon Ducks (6-1) Week 8: Beat UCLA 45-30 National championship odds: +4,000 (Ducks Wire)

7. TCU Horned Frogs (7-0) Week 8: Beat Kansas State 38-28 National championship odds: +10,000

6. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) vWeek 8: Beat Mississippi State 30-6 National championship odds: +350 (Roll Tide Wire)

5. Clemson Tigers (8-0) Week 8: Beat Syracuse 27-21 National championship odds: +1,600 (Clemson Wire)

4. Michigan Wolverines (7-0) Week 8: Bye National championship odds: +1,600 (Wolverines Wire)

3. Tennessee Volunteers (7-0) Week 8: Beat UT Martin 65-24 National championship odds: +1,800

2. Georgia Bulldogs (7-0) Week 8: Bye National championship odds: +200

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) Week 8: Beat Iowa 54-10 National championship odds: +175 (Buckeyes Wire)

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