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USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.

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The Big Ten and Mountain West are joining college football party this week. And while they’re both fashionably late – but not as late as the MAC or Pac-12 – their arrival means the volume of games increases and story lines get more intriguing.

Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin are all harboring thoughts of reaching the College Football Playoff. They’ll be looking to get their season’s off on the right foot. As other leagues have shown, there should be some bumps in the road with an unprecedented preparation for the season and the lack of non-conference matchups allowing a smooth segue into conference play. 

For those almost at the midpoints of their season, there’s still games with conference championship an playoff implications on the line, meaning there’s something for everyone in Week 8.