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Josh Furlong's AP Top 25: Penn State falls in historic game; a shakeup in the top 5

Illinois running back Chase Brown (2) celebrates with Michael Marchese (42) and Jack Badovinac after scoring on a second quarter touchdown run against Penn State during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.

Illinois running back Chase Brown (2) celebrates with Michael Marchese (42) and Jack Badovinac after scoring on a second quarter touchdown run against Penn State during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)



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SALT LAKE CITY — In a season defined by chaos, Week 8 of college football was relatively tame — mostly.

That is unless you check in on the Penn State-Illinois game — a game that was defined more by who wanted to lose rather than who wanted to win. The game will go down in the record books for going nine overtime periods, but the new overtime rules put a bit of a damper on the actual ending.

Don't get me wrong, the ending was terrible and glorious all at the same time, but it highlights the fact the NCAA still needs to fix the extra minutes of play. Instead of going for 2-point conversions after the second overtime period, let's get wild and start a version of penalty kicks where place-kickers alternate field goal attempts until someone misses.

Start at the 20-yard line and then back them up 5 yards until a team's kicker misses a field goal. It has about the same effect as what's going on now, but I digress. The point is: Penn State found itself on the losing end of history and didn't look anything like a team ranked in the top 10 — they won't be anymore.

It's not every day bettors picking the under win on a game that goes nine overtime periods — how about that?!

Here's a look at some of the other changes in my ballot:

  • Oklahoma under backup-turned-starter quarterback Caleb Williams looked to be something special, but Saturday we learned the Sooners still aren't able to completely put it together as a top-ranked team. Oklahoma trailed a bad Kansas program 10-0 at halftime and managed to comeback to get a win, but this team is far from perfect. For that reason, I dropped the Sooners to No. 5 in the rankings, just behind Alabama and Ohio State. I hate to see those two teams jump the Sooners, but they're playing better right now.
  • Oregon shows up on the big stage — even if they also try to blow it, too. The Ducks went into the Rose Bowl on a week ESPN crews dubbed it the College GameDay game of the week and came away with a vital win to keep the Pac-12 somewhat afloat in the playoff discussion — it's still not a great spot for the conference. But Oregon gets the win and takes advantage of Penn State and Oklahoma State dropping.
  • If you like nonstop scoring, Wake Forest is your team. Maybe a competent defense could slow them down, but Army wasn't having any of that Saturday. The two teams combined for 126 points and defense was optional. Still, the Demon Deacons put on a show. How far will it take them? Who cares; enjoy the ride — and the scoring. For now, they're No. 12 in my ballot.
  • I shouldn't have to mention Pittsburgh here because they were the favored team over Clemson, but there's a lot to like about this team under quarterback Kenny Pickett. It's been some time since Pitt has been in the national conversation, but a win over Clemson will help that — even if Clemson is nowhere near what we're used to seeing them be on offense and defense.

Checking in: Houston, Iowa State

Dropping out: NC State, Utah

In consideration: Arkansas, BYU, Fresno State, Oregon State, UTEP, Virginia

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