Posted by Brett Kincaid on October 15, 2012
The more things change, the more things stay the same. While the S17 looks quite different in most spots this week, #1 Alabama and #2 Oregon continue to reign supreme. Once again the Crimson Tide swept up all 9 first place votes, extending their streak to 7 consecutive weeks as the consensus Number One team in all of college football. With an off week the Ducks held steady as a unanimous #2 selection. With losses by South Carolina and West Virginia - and boy howdy, what a loss – the rest of the Top Ten saw significant changes. Kansas State‘s road win at Norman looks more and more impressive after the Sooners gashed Texas in the Red River
Rivalry Rout on Saturday. Meanwhile traditional powers Florida and Notre Dame moved into discussion as legitimate national title contenders. Out west, Oregon State remains unbeaten and Southern Cal continues its march back to BCS discussion.
While we’re still several wins away from it happening, Arkansas finally looked like a preseason Top Ten team this weekend. If this offense – and more importantly, defense – continue to show up each week, the Hogs may end the season back in the rankings. The teams that have beaten Arkansas have a combined record of 21-3, and those three losses came by a combined total of 11 points. While the Hogs have no claim of being an elite team, we can take some solace in knowing all the losses have come to accomplished football teams.
Without further ado, your Week 8 Select 17 college football poll:
Other Receiving Votes: West Virginia 19, Cincinnati 8, Texas A&M 6, Texas Tech 3, Pete Kozma 1