2021 FBS/FCS Power Points Standings: Week 8

  • Idle was no match for Georgia as the Bulldogs remain in first place for the fourth consecutive week.
  • Michigan handled Northwestern 33-7 to remain in second place ahead of its showdown against rival Michigan State next Saturday in East Lansing.
  • Wake Forest moves into third place following a 70-56 win over Army. Last week’s #3 team, Oklahoma State, dropped to 12th after losing to Iowa State 24-21.
  • Notre Dame rounds out the top four and sits one spot ahead of Cincinnati who owns a win over the Irish. Despite the lower position at this time, the Bearcats have a higher ceiling than Notre Dame.
  • Alabama jumps seven spots to 6th place with their win over Tennessee.
  • Meep! Meep! The Roadrunners reach the top ten after a surprisingly easy win over Louisiana Tech.
  • 1, 3, 5, 8, 15, 17, 19, and 21 all lost in FCS play. Eastern Washington had been in first place for three weeks, but the Eagles fourth quarter rally against Weber State fell short thanks to a missed PAT.
  • North Dakota State survived an upset bid from Missouri State and jumps from 11th place all the way to first place.
  • The Ivy league has four top 20 teams including #2 Princeton. The Tigers beat Harvard in 5OT in a battle of unbeatens. Harvard converted three conversion plays in OT that ultimately did not count thanks to two late timeouts and an OPI penalty.
  • The Illinois-Penn State and Harvard-Princeton games may have had exciting finishes, but alternating two-point plays is not a credible way to determine a winner. Since the purpose of the new rules is to limit plays for player safety, I propose an alternative format: All OT possessions start from the 25 as before. If and when both teams score touchdowns, the team scoring second must go for two points if down one. This makes the choice to go on offense or defense first a bigger decision. If you choose defense and allow a touchdown plus the PAT, you know you will have to go for two and the win if you score too. Therefore, do you consider going on offense first to score seven and force the opposition to score eight? Prior to Saturday’s 9OT contest, five games had gone to a record seven overtimes under the previous rules. Under my proposed rule, three would have would been decided in one overtime, one in two overtimes, and one still needed all seven overtimes as neither team scored a touchdown.

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