Happy Sunday! No games between two Top 25 teams, as well as plenty of byes, make this one a relatively simple Top 25, but there's still plenty of upsets that you may have missed. Here's my Top 25 following Week 8 of the 2021 College Football Season.
Basel's Top 25
Georgia (7-0): The Top Dawgs rested ahead of their trip to the Swamp to face Florida.
Oklahoma (8-0): Caleb Williams gets the nod once again this week, this time for his crucial 40 yard td run that kept the Sooners alive in a close one against Kansas.
Cincy (7-0): The defense got the Bearcats out of a jam in this one, as Desmond Ritter and Cincy's offense couldn't get off too many creative plays early in a 27-20 win over Navy.
Alabama (7-1): Brian Robinson Jr.'s 3 rushing touchdowns helped to punctuate a dominant second half for Alabama, taking the win over Tennessee 52-24.
Ohio State (6-1): Just when you thought Iowa and Penn State would hold onto the Big 10 this year, Ohio State comes through with a blowout win over Indiana.
Michigan (7-0): Just like the Buckeyes, the Wolverines keep creeping up the rankings as other conference leaders fall with a 33-7 win over Northwestern.
Michigan State (7-0): The Spartans rested before taking on their in-state rival Michigan next week.
Oregon (6-1): The Ducks like to play it close, but a win is a win, their most recent ending 34-31 over UCLA.
Iowa (6-1): The Hawkeyes rested this week before taking on Wisconsin.
Ole Miss (6-1): Ole Miss secured the win over LSU 31-17, but the biggest story coming out of Oxford this weekend is probably the retirement of Eli's no. 10.
Penn State (5-2): This loss to Illinois proves my point about how college football overtime is dumb. By the fifth overtime period, I think everyone got the idea that Penn State was gonna fall in the rankings, so just declare the tie and go home.
Wake Forest (7-0): Wake Forest took down Army 70-56, all while holding the ball for less than 18 minutes.
Notre Dame (6-1): Notre Dame's ground game got this one done, as Kyren Williams rushed for 138 yards and 2 tuddies.
Texas A&M (6-2): The reigning Lineal National Champs continue their reign with a 44-14 win over South Carolina.
Kentucky (6-1): Another SEC team rested this week as the Wildcats prepare for Mississippi State.
Oklahoma State (6-1): The Cowboys take a dip in their close loss to Iowa State.
SMU (7-0): The Mustangs rode the wave for a 55-26 win over Tulane.
Baylor (6-1): Bye week.
Auburn (5-2): Bye week.
San Diego State (7-0): A defensive clinic allowed the Aztecs to shutout Air Force for the entire first half and pull off the 20-14 victory.
Coastal Carolina (6-1): I doubt the Chanticleers will completely fall out of the rankings, but they'll take a major dip after a close loss to App State.
Pittsburgh (6-1): The Panthers take a decisive 27-17 win over Clemson to emerge as yet another tough competitor in the ACC this season.
UTSA (8-0): I don't really believe in this team to be super competitive just yet, but hopefully they'll follow in the footsteps of a school like Coastal Carolina and stay hot for a few seasons, racking up some bowl appearances in the process.
Houston (6-1): Houston took down ECU to remain the frontrunner for the 2021 American Athletic Conference runner-up.
Iowa State (5-2): Welcome back, Cyclone nation! A 24-21 win over the Cowboys earns a spot back in the Top 25 after a pretty long absence.
See you next week!