NCAAF Betting: Top 25 Winners & Losers Oct. 29th Edition
Big Ten football is back! We’re now just waiting for the Pac-12, and the Power 5 conferences will all be back in the mix! Most of the top teams in the AP Top 25 Poll come from the Power 5 conferences, but a couple of tough teams from the Group of 5 are moving on up the poll. Let’s take a look at this week’s winners and losers in the AP Top 25 Poll so you can keep on betting against their NCAAF odds.
NCAA Football Top 25 Winners & Losers After Week 8
Winner: Indiana Hoosiers
After a controversial two-point conversion and an upset win over Penn State, the Hoosiers check in at No. 17 in this week’s AP Poll. It was a great start to the season for Indiana, which very rarely finds itself in the Top 25. The Hoosiers have a date with Rutgers this weekend, and they could be in an even better position next week.
Winner: Wisconsin Badgers
Coming into the season, the Badgers had a lot of questions on the offensive side of the ball. Redshirt freshman quarterback Graham Mertz answered those questions and led the Badgers to a dominant victory over Illinois. The Badgers moved up to No. 9 in the poll, but just when things were looking good, COVID-19 hit the Badgers hard and forced them to cancel this week’s game.
Winner: Michigan Wolverines
With a victory over Minnesota, Michigan moved up to No. 13 in the AP poll. Quarterback Joe Milton looked like the dual-threat quarterback that Jim Harbaugh has wanted for years.
The offense looked good, and the defense played well against a powerful Minnesota offense. The Wolverines face Michigan State on Saturday, and they could move up even more next week with a win.
Loser: Iowa State Cyclones
After upsetting Oklahoma, Iowa State was feeling good about itself and thinking it had a chance at the Big 12 title and a potential playoff spot. Unfortunately, the Cyclones were unable to knock Oklahoma State from the ranks of the unbeaten, and they dropped to No. 23 in the poll. With that loss, any hope for a shot at a playoff spot probably went out the window.
Loser: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Even though it was missing some key players last Saturday night, Minnesota’s loss to Michigan was still a crushing defeat. Now unranked, the Golden Gophers will look to regroup.
Minnesota’s defense will need to improve if it wants to have any chance at winning the Big Ten West. Minnesota can still make some noise nationally, but things better improve quickly.
Loser: Penn State Nittany Lions
Many were anxiously awaiting the huge matchup between Ohio State and Penn State this coming weekend. Maybe Penn State was overlooking Indiana and looking to the OSU game. Even though they lost in controversial fashion, this was still a big loss for the Nittany Lions.
Now at No. 18 in the AP poll, Penn State will welcome the Buckeyes to Happy Valley on Saturday night. Penn State’s defense played well for much of last week’s game but collapsed at the end. The Nittany Lions won’t be able to afford any sort of collapse this week, as Ohio State has one of the top offenses in the nation.