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NCAA College Football 2013-14 Week 8 Top 25

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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 8

Rick Gagliano | Through games of October 19, 2013

1 Oregon 7-0
2 Alabama 7-0
3 Ohio State 7-0
4 Florida State 6-0
5 Baylor 6-0
6 Virginia Tech 6-1
7 Stanford 6-1
8 Texas Tech 7-0
9 Missouri 7-0
10 Miami 6-0
11 Fresno State 6-0
12 Northern Illinois 7-0
13 Clemson 6-1
14 Michigan State 6-1
15 UCF 5-1
16 Michigan 6-1
17 Auburn 6-1
18 Louisville 6-1
19 UCLA 5-1
20 Nebraska 5-1
21 Texas 4-2
22 Wisconsin 5-2
23 Oklahoma 5-1
24 Oregon State 6-1
25 Texas A&M 5-2

--- Week 8 Notes below ---

Week 8 Notes:

Upsets Predominate Week 8

After eight losses by Top 25 teams in week seven, week eight exacerbated the trend, with seven losses to ranked teams, five of them occurring in the top 10.

Clemson, ranked #2 in week seven, was monkey-hammered by the powerful Florida State Seminoles, now considered the strongest of the ACC, with a shot at a national championship. The Seminoles overwhelmed the Tigers, 51-14, and moved up from #7 to #4 this week. The loss by Clemson, combined with other top 10 losses and wins by deserving, lower-ranked teams, dropped the Tigers all the way down to #13 this week.

Other teams losing this week were:
#5 Louisville (6-1), dropped to #18 this week after losing at home to UCF, 38-35. The unranked UF Knights (5-1) entered this week's rankings at #15.

#6 UCLA (5-1) lost at Stanford, rather convincingly, 24-10, and fell to #19 this week. The 6-1 Cardinal rose from #14 in week seven, to #7 this week.

#8 Texas A&M (5-2) suffered its second SEC loss and second loss of the season, losing to Auburn, 45-41. The Aggies dropped all the way from #8 to #25 in the current rankings. Auburn comes in at #17 this week.

Likewise, #10 LSU (6-2) lost its second SEC game, falling all the way out of the rankings as their loss to Georgia now does not look as impressive, because Georgia fell for the third third time this season, to unranked Vanderbilt, 31-27. LSU fell to Mississippi, 27-24. with a 4-3 record, the Rebels remain unranked.

South Carolina 5-2, ranked #13 coming in, was the third ranked SEC team to suffer their second conference defeat, losing to unranked Tennessee, 23-21. The Gamecocks also fell completely out of the Top 25.

Finally, #24 Georgia fell to 4-3 as injuries to key offensive players resulted in their second straight SEC defeat, 31-27, to unranked Vanderbilt.

All of these losses the past two weeks underscores the level of parity in Division 1-A and the strengths of conferences outside the SEC. While the SEC is far and away considered the strongest top-to-bottom conference in the country, teams from the PAC-12, ACC Big Ten and Big 12 must be given their due.

Among the winners from these conferences this week are #5 Baylor, 6-0, with a 71-7 smash of Iowa State; #6 Virginia Tech, winners of six straight after opening with a loss to Alabama; #8 Texas Tech, also undefeated, topped west Virginia, 37-27.

Amazing Missouri, now 7-0 after thumping Florida, 36-17, has rocketed up the rankings, now at #9.

Miami eked out a 27-23 win over a motivated North Carolina squad on Thursday night and is 6-0, ranked 10th, though the Hurricanes looked ragged against the Tar Heels. With a challenging schedule ahead, it's possible that the Hurricanes may not even finish the regular season in the Top 25, despite their strong start.

Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin each registered convincing wins in week eight. They are ranked 14, 16 and 22, respectively. #20 Nebraska was idle, as was #21 Texas.

Small conference were represented by Fresno State from the Mountain West, at #11, and Mid-America conference leader, Northern Illinois. Both teams were week eight winners and remained undefeated.

At the top of the heap, #1 Oregon improved to 7-0 with a 62-38 victory over Washington State. Alabama moved from the third spot to #2, pounding defenseless Arkansas, 52-0. Ohio State comes in at #3, defeating a resolute Iowa squad, 34-24.

On Sunday night, the BCS released their initial football rankings, the results not quite as expected. Alabama was ranked #1, followed, surprisingly, by Florida State, Oregon, Ohio State and Missouri, at #5.

Rounding out the BCS Top Ten were Stanford, Miami (FL), Baylor, Clemson and Texas Tech.

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