'USA Today' College Football Poll 2012: Complete Week 8 Rankings

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

AMES, IA- OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats waves to fans in the crowd after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones 27-21 on October 13, 2012 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.   (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Week 7 of the college football season will be remembered for two of the Top Five teams in the USA Today coaches' poll falling and likely being eliminated from the national championship discussion.

Last week’s No. 4 team, West Virginia, slid down to No. 15 following a loss to unranked Texas Tech. No. 3 South Carolina wasn't able to squeak by No. 9 LSU, and the Gamecocks were dropped to No. 8, while the Tigers shot back up to No. 6 in the Week 8 USA Today college football poll.

No. 5 Notre Dame scored a goal-line-stand victory over the No. 23 Stanford Cardinal—a win that has many Fighting Irish fans dreaming of a national championship. No. 7 Oklahoma absolutely destroyed Texas in as lopsided of a Red River Rivalry contest as we’ll likely ever see.

No. 19 Texas A&M was fortunate to hand surprisingly ranked Louisiana Tech its first loss of the season, 59-57, and send it spiraling out of the polls.

Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Kansas State, No. 4 Florida, Ohio State (unranked in the USA Today poll due to suspension), No. 11 Oregon State, No. 14 Louisville, No. 16 Mississippi State, No. 17 Rutgers and No. 18 Cincinnati all won this past Saturday, remaining undefeated and—with the exception of the Buckeyes—keeping their BCS championship hopes alive and well.

Now that you know about all of the contests that shaped the Week 8 polls, let's take a look at the latest rankings and see how the coaches voted.


USA Today College Football Poll Week 8

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Oregon
3 Kansas State
4 Florida
5 Notre Dame
7 Oklahoma
8 South Carolina
10 Florida State
11 Oregon State
12 Georgia
13 Clemson 
14 Louisville
15 West Virginia
16 Mississippi State
17 Rutgers
18 Cincinnati
19 Texas A&M
20 Texas Tech
21 TCU
22 Boise State
23 Stanford
24 Arizona State
25 Michigan