Everything seemed calm and normal in the college Football world before a blocked field goal was returned the length of the field for a touchdown. With that play, Penn State secured the 24-21 upset over Ohio State on Saturday night. The Buckeyes had been a mainstay in the playoff projections, so their defeat allows for a new entry into the rankings - their most bitter rivals, in fact.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

For a while, Texas A&M was keeping Alabama in check. Then, the Crimson Tide did what they do - clamped down on defense, made a few plays, and romped to a dominant 33-14 victory. Not all is hunky dory for the Tide, though; star safety Eddie Jackson broke his leg in the game and will miss the remainder of the college football season.

Alabama gets a week off to cope with the injury and figure out the defensive back corps once more.

2. Michigan Wolverines

Michigan hasn't garnered much respect in this space due to the strong play of Ohio State, but after their defeat, Michigan's playoff profile has become much more significant. They only have two real stars - Jabrill Peppers, whose excellence in each facet of the game has made him a bonafide Heisman Trophy contender, and coach Jim Harbaugh, who modeled new glasses in his team's 41-8 domination of Illinois. They play at rival Michigan State this weekend - last year, that game had one of the most thrilling endings in college football history.

3. Washington Huskies

The win over Oregon State this weekend was quiet yet resounding, 41-17.

Jake Browning continued his run as the most unheralded star in college football - he's up to 26 touchdown passes this season against just two interceptions. Next up is a game at Utah, the second-best team in the conference, and the Pac-12 leader in interceptions with ten.

4. Clemson Tigers

Clemson was off during Week 8.

Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson and crewtravel to Florida State to play a primetime game on Saturday night - the game is the last projected game for the Tigers against a ranked opponent this season.

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