At this point of the 2021 college football season, it’s more likely than not a top-10 team suffers an upset that no one saw coming. After all, No. 2 Iowa’s loss to Purdue has made it four weeks in a row.
The Hawkeyes were the only such team to lose on Saturday following their 24-7 upset to the 3-2 Boilermakers in Kinnick Stadium. Perhaps Iowa can take solace knowing they join No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Penn State and No. 10 BYU in Week 6; No. 3 Oregon, No. 8 Arkansas and No. 9 Notre Dame in Week 5; and No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 9 Clemson in Week 4.
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But there was more football played than just inside the top 10. Elsewhere, No. 11 Kentucky fell 30-13 to No. 1 Georgia, while No. 17 Arkansas, No. 18 Arizona State and No. 19 BYU fell to Auburn, Utah and Baylor, respectively. No. 20 Florida also lost in an upset to LSU, helping keep Ed Orgeron on the job for at least another week. No. 25 Texas also lost to No. 12 Oklahoma State after giving up a 17-3 lead.
Several ranked teams that won over the weekend also faced close calls: No. 9 Oregon needed a last-second defensive stop against Cal to win 24-17 and remain 5-1 on the season. No. 10 Michigan State got everything it could handle vs. Indiana in a 20-15 win, and No. 13 Ole Miss took a great shot from Tennessee (and its fans) in a 31-26 win.
Those losses and close calls will doubtless have an impact on the Week 8 AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll. Sporting News breaks down the latest college football rankings following the Week 7 games:
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College football rankings for Week 8
|Rank||Team||Record||Points (No. 1 votes)|
|21||San Diego State||6-0||334|
Others receiving votes: Iowa State 38; Utah 35; Arkansas 31; Florida 23; BYU 23; Air Force 20; Louisiana 18; Arizona State 18; Purdue 16; Houston 11; Virginia 6; Texas 4; LSU 2; Fresno State 1.