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2014 College Football Poll Rankings Week 8: Minnesota Gophers Just Outside The Top 25

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Another win moves the Gophers even closer to an appearance in the polls.

Kevin C. Cox

We've been running these poll watching pieces all season. The Gophers have been mentioned once or twice, but always in jest. Clearly the Gophers have not been worthy of a Top 25 discussion. Are they now? Well...no. Not in my opinion at least. But they have climbed far enough up the Others Receiving Votes list where I can talk about them without having to come up with a silly gag or tie in.

Where are the Gophers? 29th in the AP poll, 28th in the Coaches poll, and 42nd in the Sagarin rankings. The bit of news that should excite many of you? Minnesota's 36 points in the AP poll are far better than Wisconsin's 1 point (/looks for Iowa //giggles) and their 78 points in the Coaches are better than Wisconsin's 34 or Iowa's 15. What's that? You want to know Sagarin? Let's not. I hear his servers have a known bias for stinky cheeses and pig poop. Does any of this mean anything? Of course not. Will that stop me from going WOO! over the completely worthless human polls? It will not.

Quick Thoughts About Actual Top 25:

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- What? I'm just trying to get you all acclimated for what you're going to have to deal with now that Mississippi State is in first place in both polls.

You think I'm kidding?

I can assure I am not kidding.

No seriously, don't make me prove it.

Sigh...fine:

I warned you.

- Despite Mark Dantonio's best efforts, the Spartans beat Purdue and remain in the Top 10.

- TCU, sweet TCU. I don't know what to tell you. You were looking pretty good for the CFB Playoff for a while there.

- I see Arizona was indeed this week's UCLA. Twitter says I missed quite the end to a game though. Stupid Eastern Time Zone.

- I see you SEC bias, propping Texas A&M up for another week. No I do not care that they just lost to the current #1 and #3 back to back. B1G team does that they drop.

- OH HAI THERE MARSHALL. Seriously, didn't know they were undefeated.

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Auburn
2 Florida State Florida State Ole Miss
3 Ole Miss Ole Miss Mississippi State
4 Baylor Baylor Oklahoma
5 Notre Dame Notre Dame Baylor
6 Auburn Michigan State Alabama
7 Alabama Alabama Georgia
8 Michigan State Auburn TCU
9 Oregon Oregon Texas A&M
10 Georgia Georgia Oregon
11 Oklahoma Oklahoma Florida State
12 TCU TCU LSU
13 Ohio State Ohio State Notre Dame
14 Kansas State Kansas State Michigan State
15 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Ohio State
16 Arizona East Carolina Stanford
17 Arizona State Arizona Kansas State
18 East Carolina Arizona State Clemson
19 Nebraska Nebraska Florida
20 Utah Stanford UCLA
21 Texas A&M Texas A&M USC
22 USC Clemson Tennessee
23 Stanford Utah Utah
24 Clemson Marshall Nebraska
25 Marshall USC Arkansas
For a composite Top 25 college football ranking, visit SBNation.com