Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 8

Bleacher Report PollsFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 8

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    Another undefeated team went down when West Virginia got blown out by Texas Tech, 49-14, on Saturday. The Mountaineers went into the game with one of the most prolific offenses in the country, averaging 52 points per game.

    Alabama continued to show why it's the best team in the country, as it manhandled SEC-newcomer Missouri, 42-10. The Crimson Tide defense limited the Tigers offense to just 152 total yards.

    South Carolina and LSU played a close one in which the Tigers came out on top, 23-21. The Gamecocks scored late in the game and were unable to get the onside kick.

    Read on to see how the rest of the B/R Top 25 fared!

Others Receiving Votes

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    Texas: 40

    Ohio: 30

    Arizona State: 11

    Michigan State: 7

    Baylor: 6

    Duke: 5

    Northwestern: 5

    UCLA: 5

    Western Kentucky: 5

    Wisconsin: 4

    Nebraska: 2

    BYU: 1

    Tulane: 1

No. 25: Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Poll Points: 45                            

    Record: 5-1 (2-1 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat West Virginia, 49-14

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at TCU Horned Frogs

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege completed 32-of-42 passes for 499 yards and six touchdowns in the 49-14 blowout of West Virginia on Saturday. Doege also ran for 28 yards on five carries in the upset victory.

    Texas Tech racked up 676 yards of total offense.

No. 24: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 71                           

    Record: 4-2 (2-0 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Illinois, 45-0

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Michigan State Spartans

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson threw for 159 yards and ran for another 128 in the Wolverines' 45-0 blowout over Illinois. Robinson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more.

    Michigan out-gained Illinois, 527 to 134, in total offensive yards.

No. 23: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 80                          

    Record: 4-2 (2-1, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, lost to Notre Dame, 20-13 (OT)

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at California Bears

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor ran for 102 yards on 28 carries, but the Cardinal fell to the Irish, 20-13, in overtime.

    Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes found out how good the Irish defense is, as he completed just 12-of-25 passes for 125 yards and threw two interceptions.

No. 22: TCU Horned Frogs

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    Poll Points: 83                        

    Record: 5-1 (2-1, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Baylor, 49-21

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Previous Ranking: 23

    TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin threw four touchdowns and ran for another as the Horned Frogs beat the Bears, 49-21. Boykin completed 22-of-30 passes for 262 yards while running for 64 yards on 12 carries.

    Running back B.J. Catalon ran for 79 yards as TCU gained 246 yards on the ground.

No. 21: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 98                            

    Record: 5-1 (2-0, MWC)     

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Fresno State, 20-10

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. UNLV Rebels

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Boise State running back D.J. Harper ran for 122 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos beat the Bulldogs, 20-10.

    Bronco running back Jay Ajayi added 91 yards on 15 carries as Boise State racked up 215 yards rushing.

No. 20: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Poll Points: 133                             

    Record: 5-1 (2-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Louisiana Tech, 59-57

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. LSU Tigers

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel threw three touchdowns and ran for three more as Texas A&M beat Louisiana Tech, 59-57. Manziel completed 24-of-40 passes for 395 yards and ran for another 181.

    Wide receiver Mike Evans caught four passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.

    Texas A&M finished with 678 yards of total offense.

No. 19: Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Poll Points: 150                             

    Record: 5-0 (1-0, Big East)

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Fordham, 49-17

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at Toledo Rockets

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Bearcat quarterback Munchie Legaux completed 15-of-24 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati's 49-17 blowout of Fordham on Saturday.

    Receiver Travis Kelce caught three passes for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Bearcats.

No. 18: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Poll Points: 175                   

    Record: 6-0 (3-0, Big East)   

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Syracuse, 23-15

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at Temple Owls

    Previous Ranking: 20

    The Scarlet Knight defense created four turnovers as Rutgers held on to beat Syracuse, 23-15.

    Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova completed 14-of-23 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, as the Scarlet Knights only had 237 yards of total offense.

No. 17: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 231                      

    Record: 6-0 (3-0, SEC)            

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Tennessee, 41-31

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Bulldog quarterback Tyler Russell completed 23-of-37 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns as Mississippi State beat Tennessee, 41-31.

    Wide receiver Marcus Green caught six passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

    Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins ran for 101 yards and a touchdown.

No. 16: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 252                        

    Record: 6-0 (1-0, Big East)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Pittsburgh, 45-35

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. South Florida Bulls

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Cardinals running back Senorise Perry rushed for 101 yards and four touchdowns to help Louisville beat Pittsburgh, 45-35. Running back Jeremy Wright added 61 yards and a touchdown for Louisville.

    Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 17-of-26 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown.

No. 15: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 266               

    Record: 5-1 (2-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Georgia Tech, 47-31

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Bye week.

No. 14: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Poll Points: 282      

    Record: 5-1 (2-1, Big 12)                

    Last Game: Oct. 13, lost to Texas Tech, 49-14

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Kansas State Wildcats

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith threw for 275 yards and just one touchdown as West Virginia lost to Texas Tech, 49-14. West Virginia went into the game averaging 52 points per game.

    The Mountaineers were held to 408 yards of total offense, 162 yards under their season average.

No. 13: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 288                 

    Record: 5-1 (3-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, lost to South Carolina, 35-7

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at Kentucky Wildcats 

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Bye week.

No. 12: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 322        

    Record: 6-1 (3-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Boston College, 51-7

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at Miami Hurricanes

    Previous Ranking: 14

    After a disaster at North Carolina State last week, FSU took out its aggression on Boston College, 51-7.

    Seminole quarterback EJ Manuel completed 27-of-34 passes for 439 yards and four touchdowns as Florida State racked up 649 yards of total offense.

    Florida State wide receivers Rodney Smith and Kenny Shaw combined for 11 catches for 233 yards and a touchdown.

No. 11: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 342                 

    Record: 5-0 (3-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat BYU, 42-24

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Utah Utes

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Beaver quarterback Cody Vaz completed 20-of-32 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns as Oregon State beat BYU, 42-24.

    Wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught eight passes for 173 yards, while Markus Wheaton caught two touchdown passes for the Beavers.

No. 10: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 370               

    Record: 4-1 (2-1, Big 12)              

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Texas, 63-21

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Kansas Jayhawks

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Sooner quarterback Landry Jones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, leading Oklahoma past Texas, 63-21.

    Running back Damien Williams led the charge on the ground with 22 rushes for 167 yards and a touchdown for the Sooners. Blake Bell added four rushing touchdowns on just 11 touches.

    Oklahoma torched Texas for 343 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

No. 9: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 376            

    Record: 6-1 (4-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, lost to LSU, 23-21

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at Florida Gators

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough, as Sourth Carolina fell to LSU, 23-21.

    Running back Marcus Lattimore ran for just 35 yards and a touchdown for the Gamecocks.

No. 8: USC Trojans

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    Poll Points: 399                     

    Record: 5-1 (3-1, Pac-12)                

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Washington, 24-14

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Colorado Buffaloes

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Trojan running back Silas Redd ran for 155 yards and a touchdown as USC beat Washington, 24-14. Matt Barkley completed 10-of-20 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.

    USC's defense held Washington to 299 yards and created four Huskies turnovers.

No. 7: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points: 412                   

    Record: 7-0 (3-0, Big Ten)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Indiana, 52-49

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Purdue Boilermakers

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller threw for 211 yards and ran for another 149 as Oho State beat Indiana, 52-49. Miller threw two touchdowns and ran for another.

    Running back Carlos Hyde ran for 156 yards and a touchdown as the Buckeyes gained 353 yards on the ground.

No. 6: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points: 436              

    Record: 6-1 (2-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat South Carolina, 23-21

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at Texas A&M Aggies

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Tiger running back Jeremy Hill ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-21 victory over the Gamecocks on Saturday night.

    Spencer Ware added 55 yards as LSU racked up 258 yards rushing against South Carolina.

    LSU's defense held South Carolina to just 211 yards of total offense.

No. 5: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points: 493                    

    Record: 6-0               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Stanford, 20-13 (OT)

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. BYU Cougars

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Notre Dame's defense continued to shine in beating Stanford, 20-13, in overtime on Saturday. The Irish held the Cardinal to just 272 yards of total offense.

    Irish quarterback Everett Golson completed 12-of-24 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, while backup quarterback Tommy Rees completed all four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.

No. 4: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 496         

    Record: 6-0 (3-0, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Iowa State, 27-21

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at West Virginia Mountaineers

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein ran 25 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats defeated Iowa State, 27-21. Klein also completed 16-of-24 passes for 187 yards.

    Running back John Hubert added 79 yards on the ground.

    Kansas State held Iowa State to just 231 yards of total offense.

No. 3: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 503                  

    Record: 6-0 (5-0, SEC)             

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Vanderbilt, 31-17

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns as Florida beat Vanderbilt, 31-17. Driskel also completed 11-of-20 passes for 77 yards.

    Florida running back Mike Gillislee added 67 rushing yards as the Gators totaled 326 yards on the ground.

No. 2: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 555 (3)      

    Record: 6-0 (3-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Washington, 52-21

    Next Game: Oct. 18 at Arizona State Sun Devils

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Bye week.

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 572 (20)            

    Record: 6-0 (3-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 13, beat Missouri, 42-10

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at Tennessee Volunteers

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Alabama continued to roll, beating Missouri, 42-10, on Saturday. Crimson Tide running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon combined for 321 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

    Alabama's defense crippled the Missouri offense, allowing only 129 yards of total offense in the blowout.

     

    Bleacher Report Voters: David Mayer (Poll Coordinator), Adam Jacobi, Alex Joseph, Alex Callos, Amy Daughters, Barrett Sallee, Carl Stine, David Luther, Daniel Hudson, Rich Thomaselli, Eric Bowman, Ian Berg, James Brown, John Rozum, Jonathan McDanal, Kay Jennings, Marty Sondermann, Max Rausch, Michael Felder, Sanjay Kirpalani, Zach Dirlam