We are getting ready to go into Week 8 of college football and the AP poll has just been released for the midseason top 25. The midseason top 25 is a projection of how the teams are expected to perform for the rest of the season based on how they performed at the beginning of the season.
So let’s see how the midseason polls compare to the pre-season polls.
Preseason Rankings (in order): Ohio State Buckeyes, Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Texas Longhorns, Michigan Wolverines, USC Trojans, Clemson Tigers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Penn State Nittany Lions, Oklahoma Sooners, Tennessee Volunteers, Oregon Ducks, Florida State Seminoles, Utah Utes, Ole Miss Rebels, TCU Horned Frogs, Florida Gators, Texas A&M Aggies, Wisconsin Badgers, Washington Huskies, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Baylor Bears, Oregon State Beavers, and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Midseason Rankings (in order): Georgia Bulldogs, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes, Florida State Seminoles, Washington Huskies, Oklahoma Sooners, Penn State Nittany Lions, Texas Longhorns, Oregon Ducks, North Carolina Tar Heels, Alabama Crimson Tide, Oregon State Beavers, Ole Miss Rebels, Utah Utes, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Duke Blue Devils, Tennesse Volunteers, USC Trojans, LSU Tigers, Missouri Tigers, Louisville Cardinals, Air Force Falcons, Tulane Green Wave, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the UCLA Bruins.
After starting at the number 3 spot, the Bulldogs are back at the top of the poll after their 24th straight win, which is the fourth-longest streak in SEC history. One of their running backs, Daijun Edwards, had a career-high of 146 rushing yards and a touchdown in that same game. Their current record is 7-0.
In the last few weeks, the Michigan Wolverines have moved from the 6th spot all the way up to the number 2 spot. Michigan is the first team since 1936 to score 30 or more points as well as allow 10 or fewer points in each of their first 7 games in a season. They are also currently undefeated this season with a record of 7-0.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have dropped from the 1st spot during preseason polls to the third spot for midseason polls. One of their wide receivers, Marvin Harrison Jr. tied with Chris Olave (former wide receiver for the Buckeyes, current wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints) with 11 career games with over 100 receiving yards, just behind David Boston (former wide receiver of the Buckeyes, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) in Buckeyes history. The current record for this season is 6-0.
And rising from number 14 on preseason polls, is the Florida Seminoles now in the number 4 spot. Wide receiver Keon Coleman became the second FSU player with more than 100 receiving yards and 100 punt return yards in a single game, in the last 25 years. The only other player to do that within the last 25 years is Peter Warrick who played for FSU in college and went on to the NFL and played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks, and also played 1 season with the Bloomington Extreme in the IFL (Indoor Football League).
It will be interesting to see who pulls ahead in the next couple of weeks in college football. Considering last season ended with TCU ranked number 2 after not having a single vote preseason, anything is possible.