College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five Power Poll Top 20 — Week 8

The power poll looks a little different this week and will look different next week too. This past week, Cincinnati lost to Temple so they dropped down and there are just two undefeated teams left with UCF and South Florida left and those two are my top two teams.

The poll will look different with two Top 20 match-ups with South Florida visiting Houston in a Top 10 match-up in the American. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern get their match-up this Thursday in what will go a long way of determining the Sun Belt East Division.

UCF is still riding the longest win streak in all of Division I FBS football and South Florida has been winning some very close contests but still winning to keep the top two spots. Appalachian State is now #3 with its only loss to begin the season at the Big 10’s Penn State. San Diego State and Army round out the Top 5.

Fresno State, Houston, Utah State, Buffalo, and Boise State round out the Top 10.

Three teams leave the Top 20 and three new teams join this week.

Time is again short for me this week but here is my Top 20 below with the results and next opponents listed. We do have two new teams and two moving out this week.

This week Last Week Team Record Result Last Week This Week Game
1 1 UCF 7-0, 4-0 AAC Win at East Carolina 37-10 Bye
2 2 South Florida 7-0, 3-0 AAC Win vs. Connecticut 38-30 at Houston
3 3 Appalachian State 5-1, 3-0 SBC Win vs. Louisiana-Lafayette 27-17 at Georgia Southern
4 5 San Diego State 6-1, 3-0 MWC Win vs. San Jose State 16-13 at Nevada
5 6 Army West Point 5-2 Indy Win vs. Miami(OH) 31-20 (2OT) at Eastern Michigan
6 7 Fresno State 6-1, 3-0 MWC Win at New Mexico 38-7 vs. Hawai’i
7 8 Houston 6-1, 3-0 AAC Win at Navy 49-36 vs. South Florida
8 9 Utah State 6-1, 3-0 MWC Win at Wyoming 24-16 vs. New Mexico
9 10 Buffalo 7-1, 4-0 MAC Win at Toledo 31-17 Bye
10 11 Boise State 5-2, 3-1 MWC Win vs. Colorado State 56-28 at Air Force
11 4 Cincinnati 6-1, 2-1 AAC Loss at Temple 24-17 (OT) at SMU
12 17 UAB 6-1, 4-0 CUSA Win vs. North Texas 29-21 at UTEP
13 16 Georgia Southern 6-1, 3-0 SBC Win at New Mexico State 48-31 vs. Appalachian State
14 15 BYU 4-3 Indy Bye vs. Northern Illinois
15 20 Marshall 5-2, 2-1 CUSA Win vs. Florida Atlantic 31-7 Bye
16 out Western Michigan 6-2, 4-0 MAC Win vs. Central Michigan 35-10 vs. Toledo
17 19 Louisiana Tech 5-2, 2-1 CUSA Win vs. UTEP 31-24 at Florida Atlantic
18 out Florida International 5-2, 3-0 CUSA Win vs. Rice 36-17 at Western Kentucky
19 out Temple 5-3, 4-0 AAC Win vs. Cincinnati 24-17 (OT) Bye
20 12 North Texas 6-2, 2-2 CUSA Loss at UAB 29-21 vs. Rice
out 13 Florida Atlantic 3-4, 1-2 CUSA Loss at Marshall 31-7 vs. Louisiana Tech
out 14 Memphis 4-4, 1-3 AAC Loss at Missouri 65-33 Bye
out 18 Hawai’i 6-3, 3-1 MWC Loss vs. Nevada 40-22 at Fresno State

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